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Emily Dvorak

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Emily Dvorak has a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Washington and a BA in Applied Linguistics and a TESL Certificate from Trinity Western University. Emily has been a full-time faculty in the ELP at Cascadia College since 2015. Prior to joining Cascadia, Emily taught at Seattle Central College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Her international experiences include a year in the Philippines at the University of Santo Tomas as an English Language Fellow with the U.S. State Department. She also enjoyed previous teaching and research opportunities in China and India. Emily is always eager to learn more about other languages, cultures, places, and people.


Laura Eyler

Picture of ESL facultyLaura Eyler has always been interested in learning learning languages. She began tutoring reading in her hometown when she was about 12 years old because she had the patience and the love for teaching. Laura earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in French with an English minor. She was an international student in Paris and attended the Sorbonne University for one year. After graduating with her BA, Laura became a proofreader and learned to love English; whereupon, she returned to university to earn a Masters in Applied Linguistics with an English as a Second Language background. Since earning her Masters, she traveled and taught in Mexico, Poland, Saipan, Chicago City Colleges, and now Cascadia College in the English Language Program, beginning in 2008. She loves teaching and learning about customs and cultures from other countries.

Kevin Joyce

Picture of ESL facultyKevin completed his undergraduate and initial post-graduate degree in English at Northern Arizona University. He went on to begin his teaching profession at Parkland College in Champaign, IL from 2006-2013. In the fall of 2013, he returned to school for a master’s degree in Education - TESOL at Seattle University (completed at the end of 2015). At the same time, he began teaching at Cascadia College in both ELP courses and college-level English composition courses. Academic writing is an area of English-learning he considers to be his specialty. Kevin spent 5 years studying the French language through high school and into college, and continues to learn about world languages from his students. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and camping outdoors in the beautiful environment around Seattle.



Kristina Kellerman

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Kristina Kellermann started at Cascadia College in Fall 2012. She received her M.A. TESOL from California State University, Sacramento in 2010, and also studied as an international student in Istanbul, Turkey while studying for her degree. Before Cascadia, she taught at the University of California, Davis, University of Washington, Seattle Central College, and ELS Seattle. She also taught to graduate and business students at the International University of Japan in Niigata, Japan in their Intensive English Program for three summers. She has presented at several ESL conferences and enjoys working with other teachers here at Cascadia. Kristina can speak some French, German, Turkish, and Japanese, and has visited 15 countries. Outside of work, Kristina loves reading, traveling, sewing and making jewelry, and naturally, learning languages.


Sofia Marshak

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Sofia Marshak’s passions include language, culture, and education. Originally from Estonia, she lived, traveled, and studied in Germany and Ecuador. Professionally, Sofia has over 17 years of teaching experience with four languages (English, Spanish, German, and Russian) at all levels (elementary, middle, high school, and college), supervising and instructing new teachers as well as students. Academically, Sofia holds a doctorate in Education from George Washington University, a masters in TESOL from University of Maryland, and bachelors in German and Spanish languages. She joined Cascadia College in Fall 2014 and has enjoyed every moment! When not teaching, she also enjoys reading, studying history, hiking, indoor gardening, and of course traveling.

Lia Preftes

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Lia has been teaching at Cascadia since January 2013. She received her Masters of Arts in TESOL from Seattle University, and has taught in a variety of settings, among them English for Academic Purposes, and Basic Skills ESL. Prior to coming to Cascadia, she participated in the U.S. State Department sponsored English Language Teaching Fellowship at a university in Busogo, Rwanda, and she also taught at ELS Language Center Seattle. She loves to travel, and speaks some Greek, Spanish, French and Kinyarwanda. In her free time, she likes hiking and reading.



Alex Schiff

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Alexandra Schiff received a TESOL certificate from the American University of Paris in 2001. After teaching in France for 3 years she returned to the Seattle area and received a MATESOL degree from the University of Washington.  She has been teaching at Cascadia for over three years and regularly attends and presents at our states’ professional conferences WAESOL and Spokane Regional.  Alex has lived in the Netherlands, Israel and France. She speaks French and loves to travel. Alex also enjoys outdoor adventures, animals and movies.





Leah Schubert

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A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a Master of Arts for Teachers of English as a Second Language (MATESOL), Leah Schubert has been teaching at Cascadia College since 2003. She also has the position of English Language Program Faculty Coordinator. Prior to teaching at Cascadia, she taught at Everett Community College and the University of Washington (Intensive English Program). She has also taught English overseas in Mexico and Thailand. Countries she has visited include Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, Laos, Mexico, and Thailand. She has a personal goal of visiting all 50 states of the USA, and has been to 36 states so far. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. In 2016, Leah was a recipient of Cascadia College’s Teaching, Learning, and Service Award.

Jessica Weimer

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Jessica Weimer joined the English Language Program at Cascadia in 2014 after working for 5 years in student services at Whatcom Community College. She has a Master’s degree in Education, a certificate in Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages, and a B.A. in German all from Western Washington University. Jessica loves teaching in the English Language Program because she can learn about different cultures and languages. She is bilingual in German and English, and knows words as phrases in several other languages. Jessica has traveled to countries in North America, Europe, and Asia, and plans to visit more. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.


Tristinn Williams

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Tristinn Williams received her undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Spanish from Walla Walla University, and her Masters in TESOL from the University of Washington. During her college years, she enjoyed learning Spanish while studying in Spain and volunteer teaching in Costa Rica. Since then, she has also learned some Portuguese. Tristinn has taught in the IEP and Intensive Business English Program at the University of Washington and is currently a Priority Hire Associate faculty member at Cascadia College in Bothell, WA. She has also taught Intensive English at the International University of Japan in Urasa, Japan for two summers. Outside of work, she enjoys trying new foods, traveling, volunteering at a literacy center, jogging, and learning Japanese.

Heather Woods

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