Chantelle has loved language and culture since she was about five-years-old and learned her first Spanish words from a children’s television show. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s Degree in English, she taught English at a Colombian university, continued to hone her Spanish skills, and studied a bit of German. She currently directs the Online Language Support Department at the Academy of Art University. She also travels, lifts weights, practices yoga, walks, and watches a lot of movies.
Lisa has a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley plus an M.A. in TESOL and a Certificate in Teaching Composition from San Francisco State University. Lisa was born in Taiwan but grew up in California. Lisa has studied abroad at Beijing Normal University in China. She has taught English throughout China, served in AmeriCorps National Service to improve literacy for at-risk youths, and taught onsite and online ESL in Bay Area universities. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys finding hidden spots in the Bay Area with her family.
Alice attended the University of Minnesota from 1985-1991. She has degrees in Russian Area Studies and Applied Linguistics, Fine Art, and TESL. From 1993 to 2001 she traveled the world and had many wonderful adventures. While living and teaching abroad she furthered her education with a Fine Art apprenticeship in Printmaking in Russia and received a special 2-year cultural visa apprenticeship in Japan. She taught in Athens, Greece; Moscow, Russia; Iizuka and Kanazawa, Japan. In 2001 Alice returned to the USA and started teaching ESL at the Academy of Art University. Her hobbies include traveling off the beaten path, cultural anthropology and languages, yoga, playing the ukelele, printmaking and photography.
Donna is an online support instructor and an ESL Support instructor. She has an M.A. in Communications Arts from Vermont College and a B.S. in Education from S.U.N.Y. at Cortland, NY. She specializes in computer and video technologies and has been working with ESL students at the Academy in these areas for many years. Previously she worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in teacher training in Montego Bay, Jamaica, then moved to California from her hometown in upstate New York. She likes to read mystery novels, sing, and swim with giant sea turtles in Maui.