Faculty

Program Director | Nilsa Graciani

Nilsa R. Graciani, Ph.D. joined the team at Esperanza College in July 2011 as an Adjunct Professor. In October 2013 she assumed the position of Director for Middle Level Education, Math and Science.

A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Graciani graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, with a Bachelors in Science with a concentration in Chemistry. She continued her studies in Organic Chemistry at Texas A&M University, where she earned her Ph. D. Prior to her work at Esperanza, Nilsa held research scientist positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Her research included work with peptides and small molecules in various therapeutic areas including cancer, cardiovascular, inflammation, infectious diseases and women’s health. She has been a speaker at scientific and health conferences.

Nilsa lives in Garnet Valley, PA with her husband and three children. She is actively involved at her church and her children’s schools. She is on the Advisory Board of the Latina Leadership Network at the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Susan G. Komen Latina Advisory Board. She has also been an influential part in the development of the Hunting Park Science Network in Philadelphia. She’s been instrumental in running the first robotics club at Esperanza College and was honored in 2014 as Community Partner of the Year by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Her role at Esperanza allows her to impact younger generations by sharing her passion and developing in them a love for teaching and becoming professionals in STEM-related fields.

 

John Biaye

M.S. in Education with concentration in Mathematics (MED= Math for Education), Saint Joseph’s University
M.S. in Instructional Technology, Saint Joseph’s University
B.S. in Finance, Saint Joseph’s University
Associate Degree: Business Management, Saint Joseph’s University

John Biaye is a pure product of a faith-based education from his first grade in the Republic of Senegal to Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; therefore, he finds that Esperanza College is an extension of who he is; it just feels like home. He is always looking to innovate, to make the current semester better than the last one in terms of effective student learning.  For him, the major concern is how ready the student is after he/she left the class for the next level on his/her way to success.  He ensures his students understand that he is always there to help.

Courses taught: 
MATH 161 | Calculus II
MATH 244 | Linear Algebra

Adnan Gill

M.S., Education with a concentration in Math, Cairn University
B.E., Mechanical Engineering, NED University of Engineering Technology

Professor Adnan Gill’s unique background with a bachelor's in engineering and a master's in education helps him explain many of the practical applications of what he teaches and gives him insight into how students learn. Being born and raised in another country has given him a different perspective on life that he strives to share with his students.

At Esperanza, professors can teach the content, along with presenting the gospel. So when Professor Gill teaches math or physics, he does not have to put his Christian faith aside as expected in our society. Professor Gill presents the God who made the universe while teaching the laws that run the universe.  Students can expect a hardworking and honest professor.  He has a maxim: work hard, and then work a little more. Through the courses he teaches, he tries to inculcate in his students the need to working hard at whatever they need to do, to work for God, not for people, not even for themselves.  

Courses Taught: 
PHYS 101 | Introduction to Physics - First Semester
PHYS 102 | Introduction to Physics- Second Semester
Calculus III