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ELP Advisors

Leena Chakrabarti

Associate Director for Student Services


Leena Chakrabarti


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  • Ph.D. in Curriculum, Kansas State University

  • Masters in English (ESL and Immigrant fiction), Kansas State University

  • Masters in English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India 

  • Bachelors in English, Presidency College, India

On a daily basis, Leena works with students who are in need of special services or are in trouble. She also supervises the ITC and TTC which are both units of the ELP related to student service and technology. Leena also communicates with prospective students who are suitable for the K-State Fast Program.

Ellen Conroy

ELP Advisor and Instructor


Ellen Conroy


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  • BS Kansas State University

  • TESL Northern Arizona State University

Ellen has taught all/many levels over the past 10 years. However, in the last 5 years she has mostly taught the lowest level, 136, in Listening/Speaking or Reading. 

She advises levels 136, 138, and 140, as well as advising the students placed in TOWARD classes. TOWARD students are from every level.

April Darnell

ELP Advising Coordinator and Instructor




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  • MA in English, TESOL  Southeast Missouri State University

Advisor for graduate students and exit-level students.

Ms. Darnell teaches upper-level writing courses and serves on the ELP Writing Committee. Her research interests include academic honesty and integrity and using brain-based research to inform the teaching and learning of English. 

Laura Phillips-Zee

ELP Advisor and Instructorlphilzee@ksu.edu 

 Laura Phillips-Zee


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  • BA, Southern Illinois University
  • MA, Southern Illinois University

Laura has taught Intermediate to Advanced Reading, Writing, and Listening.

She advises High Intermediate students.

Originally from a small town in the Midwest, Laura has lived and taught English in both Japan and New York City.