meEt the english Foundations faculty

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Erica Almeda

Prior to joining Cascadia, Erica was a tenured faculty and Department Chair of the Bridge (Pre-College English) department at Edmonds Community College, where she taught basic skills and developmental English for 12 years. She had also taught at various community colleges in the Seattle and Los Angeles areas. Erica holds a Master of Education in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Biology from Western Washington University.


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Kelley Briles

Kelley Briles has been an English Language Instructor for over 20 years. She has taught middle school and high school students and adults. She began teaching English and training teachers in Chad, Africa for four years through the Peace Corps. Upon returning to the US, Kelley obtained her Master of Education Degree in TESOL from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and then taught in both Washington DC and Chicago. Kelley moved to Washington State in 2011, and she has been teaching at Cascadia College ever since. She enjoys teaching all levels of English and tries to make her classes fresh and fun, while keeping the goal of preparing students for the future at the center of her work. Kelley speaks French, German and some Spanish. She loves engaging with students from around the world, learning about other cultures, and traveling as often as she can.


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David Dorratcague

Prior to joining Cascadia in 2008, David Dorratcague taught English as a Second Language at both Bellevue College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology for six years. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Seattle Pacific University and a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Carroll College.


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Emily Dvorak

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. She has been a faculty member at Cascadia College since 2015. Prior to that, Emily taught at Seattle Central College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Her international experiences include a year in the Philippines as an English Language Fellow with the U.S. State Department, teaching in China, research opportunities in India, and traveling to other countries when possible. Emily is always eager to learn more about other languages, cultures, and people.


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Mark Hershey

Mark Hershey has been teaching in the English Language Program and ESL for Cascadia College since 2014. Prior to that, he taught for many years in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. He studied for his BA in Linguistics at the University of Washington and for his MA in TESOL at Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has a special interest in task-based language teaching and the use of creative storytelling in the classroom. In his free time, he enjoys biking, reading, hiking, and watching movies.


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Kristina Kellermann

Kristina Kellermann has been teaching at Cascadia College since Fall 2012. She received her M.A. TESOL from California State University, Sacramento in 2010, and studied abroad as an international student in Istanbul, Turkey while working on her teaching degree. Before Cascadia, she taught at the University of California, Davis, University of Washington, Seattle Central College, and ELS Language Center Seattle. She also taught graduate and business students at the International University of Japan in Niigata, Japan in their Intensive English Program. Kristina has presented at several English language conferences and enjoys collaborating with other instructors at Cascadia. A lifelong lover of languages, she can speak some French, German, Turkish, and Japanese, and has visited 13 countries. Kristina was honored to receive Cascadia College’s Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Service Award in 2018. Outside of work, Kristina loves reading, traveling, hiking, and making jewelry, and naturally, learning languages.


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Lia Preftes

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.


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Leah Schubert

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. 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.