UW International & English Language Programs

Instructors

Our instructors are all well-trained, experienced English language teachers. They’ve lived and worked with people of different cultures from all over the world. All of them have advanced degrees in the field. Many have also published textbooks and professional articles about teaching English as a foreign language.

And our students have a lot of great things to say about them, too.

 

Peter Gruen

Peter Gruen

M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington; Cambridge/Royal Society of Arts Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, English as a Foreign Language

Peter Gruen is from Portland, Oregon. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Washington in 1994 and a master's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) also from the UW, in 2009. He has been teaching at IELP since 2007. He also has a certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from International House. He has taught most of the types of classes that IELP offers. He taught abroad in Eastern Europe (Bulgaria and Czech Republic) for more than three years and also in Mexico at a couple of different schools. In addition to teaching, he worked in Alaska for various hotels and tour companies for eight seasons between 1993 and 2003 and traveled in Mexico and Central America during the off-seasons. For fun he likes hiking, biking, drawing cartoons, playing guitar and camping.


Tom Sugawara

Tom Sugawara

M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, San Francisco State University

Tom Sugawara’s road to the University of Washington’s IELP began when he was a 2-year-old immigrant failing first grade because of his lack of English skills. His brave mother, whose English was at a low level, promised his first grade teacher that she would teach him English by the start of second grade. Little Tom went on to not only flourish in second grade, but to become a spelling champion in his school district. From these beginnings, Tom attended Western Washington University and then went on to San Francisco State University for his M.A. in English. Although he has lived in many other cities, Seattle will always be the most special.


Peter Voeller

Peter Voeller

M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/Linguistics, Colorado State University

Peter Voeller has been studying various languages since high school. After his undergraduate studies, he joined the Peace Corps to teach English in Morocco. After these two years of valuable teaching experience and intercultural growth, he returned to the United States to get his master’s degree in linguistics and TESOL at Colorado State University. In 1986, after four years of teaching in Olympia, Washington, he began teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle. Peter has also been an international student advisor and has worked in administration. He continues to study other languages and has lived in Mexico and Spain to study Spanish.


Richard Moore

Richard Moore

Royal Society of Arts Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults, International House London

Richard has taught English for over 30 years and has been at the University of Washington since 1994. He has also taught English in the United Kingdom, Australia, Korea, and online to the world. He currently teaches business English and is also interested in vocabulary, speaking and online learning. He is originally from England and enjoys watching football (soccer), hiking and camping in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. His favorite colors are the greens and grays of the landscape here and in England.


Molly Cheney

Molly Cheney

M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Molly was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate, earning degrees in psychology and spanish. After living abroad for a stint, she returned to graduate school at the UW for a master's degree in TESOL. She teaches a variety of courses, including many in the areas of business and academic English. In her free time, Molly watches a plethora of sports. She also plays soccer, travels, spends time with family and friends and is an avid reader.


Alex Jones

Alex Jones

M.A. in English Literature, University of Washington

Alex has taught at IELP for nearly 30 years. She's taught in the Intensive English Program, the Academic English Program and in various specialized programs. She especially enjoys teaching reading and writing. And she "geeks out" on grammar! (That means she really likes it.) Her interests include the American legal system, economics, and politics. In her free time, Alex reads, gardens, and goes for long walks with her husband and their granddog (her son’s dog). She also enjoys travel and meeting people from around the world. Originally from California, Alex is now a Seattleite who bleeds purple (meaning, she's a true Husky fan).


Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans

M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Jennifer Evans grew up in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where she earned degrees in literature and TESOL. She has taught at IELP since 2006. From 2011 to 2013 Jennifer was a U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow in Agadir, Morocco, where she did teacher training at Ibn Zohr University. She has codirected study abroad programs in Morocco and Spain and has taught the Practicum and Methods & Materials courses in the M.A. TESOL program at the UW. Outside of the classroom Jennifer enjoys international travel, playing and watching sports, and all things books, food and drink.


Mary Kay Seales

Mary Kay Seales

M.A. in Linguistics, University of Washington

Mary Kay is a longtime member of the IELP faculty. She was born and raised in Washington state and earned an M.A. in linguistics at the University of Washington. She loves to travel, and she's lived and worked abroad in various countries, including Costa Rica, Haiti, France, Democratic Republic of Congo, India and Azerbaijan. When she isn't teaching, she enjoys swimming, biking, listening to jazz and writing about travel.


Richard Alishio

Richard Alishio

M.A. in Whole Systems Design, Antioch University; Certificate in Editing, University of Washington

Richard started his teaching career in Osaka, Japan, in 1989 and has taught throughout the Seattle area ever since. He has worked with immigrants and refugees as well as international students. He's an avid reader who focuses on psychology, philosophy and consciousness studies. He meditates and exercises daily. For Richard, teaching is more play than work. He's greatly appreciative of how hard his students work and how committed they are to learning. They make his job a joy!


Lori DeGloria

M.A. in Applied Linguistics/Literacy, Queens College

Lori hails from Queens, New York. Although she loves her adopted home of Washington state very much and has lived there for almost 30 years, she says, “You can take the girl out of the city, but you can never take the city out of the girl.” She has degrees from Hunter and Queens Colleges in psychology and applied linguistics, respectively. In her spare time, she loves to garden, do yoga, sing, ride her bicycle and listen to baseball games on the radio.


Jennifer Altman

M.Ed., Western Washington University; Certificate in Technical and Scientific Writing & Editing, University of Washington

Jennifer Altman earned her B.A. at Scripps College and her M.Ed. at Western Washington University. She has been teaching ESL/EFL since 1994 and has been teaching in the UW IELP since 1999.


Dirk Hommer

M.Ed., University of Washington; M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Dirk has been teaching for IELP at the UW for over 15 years. He has taught most of the courses offered in the program. Before IELP, Dirk taught English in Japan for over four years, living in Chiba, Saitama and Ibaraki. Dirk has also traveled to many other countries and volunteered in house builds in Africa and Brazil. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with friends, watch and attend sporting events and go on occasional hikes.  


Asberry, Susana
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Seattle Pacific University; Master of Arts in German, Arizona State University

Bidelspach, Aaron
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, San Francisco State University

Brame, Roxanne
M.A. , Columbia University; M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington; Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Washington

Cosgrove, Tim
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

DeRouen, Courtney
M.A. in Teaching, School for International Training, Vermont

Emery, Nancy
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington; M.A. in Linguistics, University of Washington

Hair, Brandi
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Hansen, Barbara
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, San Francisco State University

Harshbarger, Tammy
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Haywood, Jennifer
M.A. in Foreign Language Education – English as a Foreign Language, University of Texas at Austin

Kim, Lisa
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Lenz-Hackett, Cherie
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Mackey, Daphne
M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language and Master of Business Administration, Boston University

Martin, Laura
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington; M.A. in Art History, City University of New York

Martone, Jean
M.A. in English as a Second Language & Cross-Cultural Studies, Brown University; M.A. in Education, Rhode Island School of Design

McDonell, Sheila
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, School for International Training

Onyshchuk, Serhiy
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Ozretich, Joel
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Petrovich, Aleksandra
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and M.A. in International Studies, University of Washington

Rzegocki, Claire
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Schaeffer, Donna
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Servito, Fred
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Washington

Smolker, Michael
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Tierney, Suzanne
M.A. in Spanish Studies & Applied Linguistics, University of Delaware

Van Scoyoc, Kirk
M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Washington; M.L.I.S., University of Washington