Officially launched in 2016, ESL Works was born out of clear and present need for English training in the food industry. What started as one ESL class at Gramercy Tavern has grown into an education services company that designs English training programs for employees at fine-dining, fast-casual, and fast-food restaurants as well as grocery stores, commissaries, warehouses, and distribution centers.



Rachael Nemeth is the Founder and CEO of ESL Works. A food industry veteran with 15 years experience managing people and operations, Rachael has worked with some of NYC’s most respected food businesses: Union Square Hospitality Group, Baked, and Hot Bread Kitchen. She began teaching English to food industry employees 8 years ago as a volunteer, and quickly recognized the value of ESL as an industry-specific training tool. The growth of ESL Works is propelled by her firm resolve to make English training a standard workplace benefit.

When she isn’t designing curriculum, speaking about English For Work, teaching, or growing ESL Works, Rachael can be found hiking, reading, or honing her wilderness survival skills. She graduated from the College of Charleston and earned her TESOL certificate at The New School where she is now pursuing her Masters in TESOL.


Owner, CEO

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We employ teachers who are food industry veterans. They're all TESOL certified (which means they've got the credentials to teach English and literacy skills to individuals of all language backgrounds), and they're trained in ESL Works' classroom approach, which ensures that employees learn everything they need to as quickly as possible in order succeed at work.

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DIANA // ESL Teacher

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Therese // ESL Teacher

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HEATHER // ESL Teacher