Bachelor of Science in Linguistics, University Wisconsin, 1982. Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University Wisconsin, 1983. BPh, University Wisconsin, 1982.
Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1986. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
Adjunct assistan professor New York University, 1987—1988, Queens College, 1987—1999. Assistant professor St. John's University, 1999, associate professor, since 2005.
Member board education Congregation Sons of Israel, Woodmere, New York, since 2006, member of re-imagine task force, since 2004. Member of Teachers English to Speakers Other Languages, National Council Teachers English, International Linguistics Association (executive committee 2003-2006), American Association Applied Linguistics, American Educational Assn.
Married Jonathan Twersky, March 27, 1988. Children: Michaella Shoshana Twersky, Delilah Lital Twersky.