Ai lives in Massachusetts and is currently getting her doctoral degree in Education (English Language Arts and Literacy) at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where she also received an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction ESL Option in 2003. Ai was born and grew up in Shanghai, China, where she received a B.A. in English Education from Shanghai Teachers' University. She taught EFL for academic and communicative purposes for over 4 years. She first arrived in the U.S. in 2001 and fell in love with New England's autumn immediately. She loves reading, music, movies, museums, traveling, and outdoor activities.
Amy received her B.A. in French and her M.A in English from Colorado State University. She taught face-to-face TESL/TEFL classes for three years before teaching online for TEFL Online. In addition to French, Amy has also studied Latin, German, Japanese and Spanish. Chinese is next on the list. When she's not tutoring for TEFL Online, she's chasing around her three young children.
Ann Leonard has a B.A. in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Ann has been in the field of adult language education for 14 years, teaching EFL in Germany and Japan to a diverse population of learners. In the States, Ann has taught academic English and ESL to an immigrant population. Ann has a special interest in the area of curriculum development and hosted a discussion session on the subject at the 1997 International TESOL conference. Ann has a passion for learning languages, traveling, and living abroad.
Ashli has been teaching since 2002 in the United States and Costa Rica. She has a BA in Linguistics from the University of Washington, an MA in Education from Arizona State University, and a TEFL certificate. Her teaching experience ranges from working as a special education teacher in a school with a high ELL population to teaching adult Business English classes in San Jose, Costa Rica. Currently, she teaches English and German classes at a language school in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cathy Jenkins received both her B.A. in Linguistics/TESL and M.A. in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University. She is currently on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and is an instructor for the English Language Academy at DePaul University. Cathy was also an instructor for 10 years at Literacy Chicago, a community-based literacy organization, where she helped develop their Basic Skills Adult ESL program. Cathy presented research on student self-assessment at the 2005 Illinois TESOL Conference in Chicago, and on humor in the classroom at the 2004 International Society of Humor Studies Conference in Dijon, France.
Dean teaches online because he loves to travel and prefers not to have a regular teaching job. He has lived and worked in many countries. Dean has taught with the Peace Corps in Central Africa and also taught adult immigrants in New York before getting his M.A. in TESOL. Since earning his M.A., he has taught at universities in Saudi Arabia, Korea, Nicaragua, Palestine, and Morocco.
Gabriela (Gabby) has an Associate's degree in Education and a B.A. in Public Technical Literary Translation. She has also completed extensive post-graduate work in TESOL, including studies at the University of Santa Barbara, California. She is from Argentina, and has lived and studied in the USA and in Australia. Gabby has more than 10 years of experience in EFL. She has worked with a variety of levels and ages in different schools and companies. Gabby is also experienced in interpreting, translating, recruiting teachers, coaching, and managing.
Geoff comes from England but has made Thailand his home for many years. He has a diverse professional background including education, psychology, and information technology, especially C.A.L.L. (Computer Assisted Language Learning), and of course TEFL. Geoff received his BS in Social Sciences from Norwich University in the UK and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education/TEFL from Garnett College. He has held TEFL posts in the UK, Greece and Thailand. Geoff was program director and CALL course writer/curriculum designer for ICC Thailand and delivered innovative computer-assisted ESL programs to colleges and universities throughout the country. He now consults for the HE sector in Thailand.
Karina lived most of her childhood in the US, but moved to Argentina as a teenager. She has a Master's in Psychology and has been involved for many years in the field of education. Karina started teaching Business English in companies nearly 20 years ago, and during that time she also taught general English to children, adolescents and adults. She has also been a speaker at conferences regarding teaching English as a Foreign Language. Karina started with Bridge- Linguatec as a teacher and is now a TEFL trainer in our Buenos Aires center.
Kristin received her B.A. in Linguistics and her M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from the University of California, Davis. She has taught English as a Second Language at the university level where she worked with international students from a variety of backgrounds. In addition, she worked in an intensive English program where she taught students of varied levels. Kristin also served as program administrator for a before-and after-school foreign language program for children. She speaks French and Spanish and enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family. Kristin currently lives in California with her husband and daughter.
Liset was born in Cuba, but lived part of her life in Cape Verde. She has a B.A. in Education, a TEFL certificate from Barcelona, Spain, and a Business English certificate from London. She has taught EFL in Cuba, Cape Verde, Spain, and ESL in the United States. She is completing her M.A. in TEFL from the School for International Training in Vermont. Liset speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole. She enjoys reading, dancing salsa, listening to music, going out with friends, and traveling.
Marisa has been in the field of ESL/EFL for nearly 25 years. She has worked as a teacher, CELTA trainer, curriculum coordinator, IEP director, and online tutor. Marisa taught EFL in Japan for nine years, and her career in the US has taken her to California, Colorado, Ohio, and Indiana, where she presently lives with her husband and two cats. She holds a B.A. in English from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and an MAT in ESOL from the School for International Training in Vermont.
Rex grew up in California and is currently based in Thailand, but considers Hawaii his "spiritual" home. He has more than ten years of ESL teaching and management experience in Hawaii and Asia, working most recently as the English Language Consultant for a Fortune 500 company in China. Rex has taught in a variety of settings, including Tokai University and the University of Hawaii. He also served as head of the English Language Department for the Singapore Institute of Commerce, the oldest business school in Singapore. Rex has a Master's in Educational Psychology, a Bachelor's in Psychology, and an RSA Certificate TESLA from the British Council in Singapore.
Ruth was born in California, but has traveled a great deal since then. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in Linguistics and a TESL certificate, all from California State University, Fullerton. She has taught all levels of English to a variety of students, including U.S. immigrants in California and university students in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. However, her primary focus for the last fourteen years has been teacher training, including Cambridge/RSA certificate courses. When Ruth is not working with students or teachers, she enjoys dancing, walking with her dogs, or reading curled up with her cats.
Suzanne recently returned from Istanbul, Turkey where she held a full-time faculty position in the Communications department of Koç University. Suzanne has a BA in English from Barnard College and an MA in English from Illinois State University, where she first began teaching ESL at their intensive English Language Institute. Suzanne has also taught at DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and The School of the Art Institute Chicago. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Bust, The American Scholar, Poets and Writers, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Elimae, and Chicago Life.
Terry was born in England and went to work in Saudi Arabia as Pathology Manager in 1981. He qualified to teach English as a foreign language in 2003, (CELTA), after having taught Saudi hospital staff English for 8 years. After leaving Saudi Arabia, he taught English in Sicily for 6 months, and has worked on line teaching both general and medical English for a school in Korea. His interests include reading, cooking and photography - photography being his great love.
Terry Mclean earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Brenau College, and later completed a Masters in Education in ESL from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Phoenix. Terry has 15 years of experience teaching ESL, nine of which were spent teaching high school students in rural North Carolina. She has also lived in Schwetzingen, Germany, where she worked as a private ESL tutor for 5 years. In her spare time, Terry enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Vera has been a teacher and a teacher trainer for more than 20 years, working at a variety of institutions from language centers to bi-national centers. She has been working as a tutor for TEFL Online as well as a teacher trainer at Bridge-Linguatec's language school in Rio de Janeiro since 2005. She is an IELTS certified examiner by the University of Cambridge, IELTS Australia and the British Council. A presenter at national and international events, Vera holds the position of Past Chair of the Affiliate Leadership Committee at TESOL.
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