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New Faculty at NOVA-Woodbridge

The Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College welcomed several new faculty members for the fall 2011 semester. More than 9,000 people are taking classes at the Woodbridge Campus this semester.

Breana Bayraktar is teaching English as a second language. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French and history from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in education from George Mason University where she is working on a doctorate. She has taught English at Georgetown University, Virginia International University and the Amiens School of Business in France.

Assistant professor of business Frank Ferrara has teaching experience gained at NOVA’s Annandale Campus and he brings real-world experience as a small business owner. He holds an MBA from Hood College and a bachelor’s degree from American University. He lives in Lake Ridge and has two daughters, Alyssa, a former NOVA student, and Tori, a freshman at the University of South Carolina.

Fredericksburg resident William A. Howes is an assistant professor of history. He has teaching experience from NOVA, George Mason University and Montgomery College. He earned a master’s degree at James Madison University and is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland.

English instructor Theana Kastens has taught at NOVA and George Mason University for several years, including teaching NOVA courses at Fort Belvoir for military students. She holds a master’s degree in English literature from George Mason and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. Kastens grew up in Washington, D.C., during the 24 years her father served in Congress. She has also lived in New York City and Vienna, where she worked as a journalist for Austria Today. She currently resides in Fairfax Station with her four children.

Elizabeth B. Lynch is an assistant professor of art history. She brings 10 years of teaching experience, including three years at NOVA. She earned a doctorate from George Washington University, a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. She has taken several foreign language courses at NOVA and “had great instructors for all of them.” She lives in Manassas with her husband, John. They have three children, Nicholas, Annie and Ryan.

Vincent Ng is an assistant professor of biology. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the Honour School of Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford in England and a doctorate in microbiology, cell and molecular biology at The Rockefeller University in New York. He brings extensive teaching experience from several universities at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He lives in Alexandria.

Nokesville resident Jacqueline M. Weaver is teaching English as a second language. She holds a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Nazareth College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University at Buffalo. Her background includes more than six years of teaching experience at NOVA.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.