Who is the LEAP team?
The LEAP team is made up of instructors and staff experienced and interested in working with people from varied language and cultural backgrounds.
LEAP instructors are committed to enhancing the learning experience of their students. All LEAP instructors are university graduates, specializing in teaching English to speakers of other languages. The majority of LEAP instructors have graduate degrees in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).
Paul Abbott, BA, MA, TESL Instructor+
Marlene Allard-Lutynski, BA, BEd in TESL Instructor+
Carmita Bartel, MEd in TESL/TEFL, BSc Instructor+
Carmita has an MEd in TESL/TEFL and a BSc from the University of Manitoba. She has developed and taught classes in ESL, EAP, exam preparation, and teaching training programs for almost 20 years. Her teaching experiences have been in private institutes and universities in Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, the USA, and Vancouver.
"For me, an energetic, engaging, and interactive classroom environment is the key to creating an effective learning experience for my students".
Gillian Berson, BA, MA, ESL Teaching Certificate Instructor+
Patricia Chan, BA, BEd, TESL Instructor+
Patricia has a BA, a BEd (UBC), and a TESL Certificate (VCC). She has been teaching ESL since 1996. Patricia has taught in Taiwan and Vancouver.
"I enjoy teaching English in LEAP because I can witness students building their confidence and accomplishing their goals".
Baljit Dhillon, BA Instructor+
Baljit has a BA and a Diploma in Education (UBC), and a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (Kwantlen). She has taught English for Academic Purposes in Vancouver since 2001.
"I am passionate about engaging students in the learning process so that they can realize their strengths".
Nora Ferera, BA Instructor+
Alan Girling, BA, CERTESL Instructor+
Keith Hughes, BA, CELTA Instructor+
Valerie Idiens, BA, MA, TESOL, PG Instructor+
Valerie has an MA in Applied Linguistics - TESOL, a PG Diploma (U. of Surrey, England), and a BA in Communications and Philosophy (Concordia University, Montreal). Since 1996, she has taught English and French as second and foreign languages in Mexico and Canada.
"The team-teaching model of LEAP has created a program that is flexible to adapt and build upon changes that are generated from practice and dialogue. This constant renewal improves our teaching materials so we can best respond to what the ESL students in our program need. It's great to be a part of such an energetic program".
Christine Inouye, MA, BEd Instructor+
Christine has an MA in ESL (U. of Hawaii), a BEd in Secondary English Education, and has been teaching ESL since 1975. She has taught in Hawaii, Japan, and Vancouver.
"I enjoy teaching in LEAP because of the highly motivated students, the quality of the curriculum and materials, and the support network offered by Langara".
Sophie Janota, BA , BEd Instructor+
Sophie has a BA (UVic), a BEd (U. of Western Ontario), and is currently working on her M.Ed (UBC). Sophie has been teaching ESL and EAP since 1992, and has taught in colleges and universities in France, Hungary, and Canada.
"I am happy to share my passion for languages and curiosity about life with my students. I aim to help students understand, shape, and enjoy their own learning".
JoAnn Kadooka, BA, MA, TESL Instructor+
Ashley Low, BA, TESOL Instructor+
Ashley has a BA in Psychology (UBC) and a TESOL Diploma (VCC). She has taught ESL and EAP in Langley and Vancouver since 2000.
"Being able to teach students from around the world and empowering them to succeed in their settlement and academic goals make my job a very rewarding one".
Leslie-Anne McGugan, BA, BEd Instructor+
Leslie-Anne has a BA in English, and BEd in TESL (Brock U.). She has been teaching ESL since 1992. Leslie-Anne has taught in Japan and the Czech Republic.
"My goal as a teacher in the LEAP program is to help students reach their academic goals by improving their academic English skills. When a former student tells me they have been accepted to UT or other university programs, then I know I have helped them reach that goal".
Brenda Marson, BA, BEd, MA Instructor+
Farid Mirhady, BA, MA, TESL Instructor+
Branca Mirnic, BA, MEd Instructor+
Lisa Moore, BA, TESL Instructor+
Kim Nowitsky, BA, DELTA, CELTA Instructor+
Kim has a BA in Applied Communications, a Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA), and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). She has been teaching since 1999. She has taught exam preparation and young learners in Spain for 6 years and 3 years of Cambridge exam preparation in Vancouver.
"Teaching in LEAP, I am motivated everyday because I feel so fortunate to work with such a dynamic group of instructors and because I love helping our dedicated students achieve their academic goals".
Amanda Robbins, BA, BEd, CELTA Instructor+
Amanda has a BA in Education Studies and English (U. of Wolverhampton), a CELTA Certificate (RSA - Cambridge), and a BEd in TESL (U. of Amsterdam). She has taught English in the Netherlands, China, and South Korea and has been teaching English as a Second Language since 2001.
"The LEAP Program allows me to make the learning experience rewarding for students as well as for myself. I learn new things from my students every time I enter the classroom, and my aim is to make sure my students experience the same thing - they learn to be more capable and comfortable with academic English".