Originally from Nebraska, Carla studied Secondary Education (Math and Spanish) at Kansas State University. She taught in public high schools in Kansas and Georgia until 1996, when she moved to Miami, Florida and began teaching adult ESL. She got her M.S. in TESOL at the University of Miami in 2001. She has been teaching with ELI in Utah since October 2016.
Her interests include dancing, reading, exercising, traveling, hiking, the beach, and learning new things.
Originally from Wyoming, Mark has been teaching English in the Czech Republic and the United States almost continuously since 1996, except for working three years as a newspaper reporter. He received his B.A. in international studies from the University of Denver and his M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado. He has taught in both the public schools and at the college level. Mark enjoys the outdoors in all types of weather, as well as music, reading, writing, and spending time with his family.
Chad Bramble graduated from the University of Utah in 1992, with a BA in Political Science. He also received a BA in English Literature from Weber State in 1994. After serving for more than two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Zimbabwe as an English teacher, Chad moved to New York City to attend Teachers College, Columbia University. After receiving his MA in TESOL from Teachers College, he taught at St. John's University in Queens. Following this, Chad spent two years teaching English in Japan and returned to Utah in 2009 when he started working at ELI. Chad loves to travel and enjoys books, movies and working with computers and technology.
Jeni has taught ESL for several years in the U.S. and in China. She possesses a Masters of Second Language Teaching degree from Utah State University and a BA in Linguistics with a TESOL certificate from The University of Utah. She has lived in 4 countries and traveled to about 20 countries and half the states. She enjoys traveling, learning about languages and cultures, and spending time with family and friends. She loves teaching at ELI.
Wendy Coyle has a B.F.A. in Fine Art from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Utah. She is currently finishing a M.A. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Utah. She taught EFL in Thailand for one year and ESL at the English Skills Learning Center in Salt Lake City for eight months before coming to work at ELI in March, 2008. She has lived in Salt Lake City for thirteen years with her husband and two children. Her interests include learning languages, reading, art, traveling, and soccer.
Randall S. Davis, a graduate of Brigham Young University in Spanish Education and a M.A. in TESOL, has taught ESL for the past thirteen years in the U.S. and Japan. In his free time, Randall develops his own personal site, Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab, an online listening lab featuring streaming audio and video technology. Randall enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, roughing it in the outdoors, and doing family history research.
Sam Dunn holds BAs in History and Scandinavian Studies from UCLA and an M.F.A. in Theater-Film from the University of Utah. He was a law student. He is a filmmaker and he works for the Sundance Film Festival. He has taught courses for the University of Utah's Department of Film and Media Arts since 1992 and he has taught courses for the University of Utah's Honors College since 2010. He speaks Swedish fluently and he reads all of the Germanic languages, including Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon. Sam enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, and movies.
Korrin Ebira, Director, has a BA in Theoretical Linguistics and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Utah. She has 20 years of experience teaching ESL in the United States and Japan. Korrin loves to travel and experience new things. She especially likes "getting lost" when she travels to a new place. In keeping with her spirit of adventure, she spent one summer at the University of Hawaii working in a taro patch as part of an intensive Hawaiian language course. Her hobbies include photography, listening/dancing/singing to music, writing poetry, going on road trips, and "people watching." Her favorite thing to do, however, is spend time with her husband, Takashi, and her two active boys, Kai and Ken.
Allison Fehr is originally from the Seattle area. There, she began her college education drawing and painting at Northwest College Art in Poulsbo, WA. After taking a break from school to travel through Europe and the US, she returned to college life and obtained a B.A. in English with a minor in French from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She worked as an educator and events host in art galleries and museums until 2010, when she joined Brigham Young University to complete a TESOL certificate and finally an MFA in creative writing while also teaching and tutoring students in ESL at BYU's English Language Center. Now feeling happily settled in the Salt Lake area, in her spare time she enjoys creative writing, namely short fiction, running and hiking, eating delicious food and travelling with her husband.
Kostya recently graduated from Brigham Young University with his MA in TESOL. He has taught in the U.S. and Ukraine where he is originally from. Kostya really enjoys running and hiking as well as cooking and travelling. He's thrilled to work at the English Language Institute and hopes to become an excellent teacher by learning from his students.
Scott grew up in Canada and Washington, but has lived in Utah for the better part of 15 years. He graduated with a masters degree from the University of Alabama program in applied linguistics, and has been teaching ESL for the past few years. Scott has diverse interests, and spends his free time learning new things.
Jeremy was born in Logan, Utah but spent his childhood moving around the US as a Navy brat. He received his BS in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations, and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Utah in 2005. In 2008 he received a Masters degree in Education. After finishing his Masters work he and his wife (Maren Fisher) taught public school English in South Korea.
Besides teaching at the ELI, Jeremy is a volunteer writing coach at the VA hospital. He mentors veterans with post traumatic stress. His stories have also been published through the SLCC Community Writing Center. Jeremy loves music, film & literature, philosophy, and traveling. He is an avid cyclist and bike mechanic, building many of his own bikes and bike touring all over the world. Upon returning from South Korea, He and Maren rode their bikes from Portland OR. to San Diego CA. along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. He is also a multi-talented musician. Currently he plays in a traveling gypsy band called Rakatanga.
Linda Smith-Hunter has over 25 years experience in the field of ESL and Education. She has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, quality control supervisor, program administrator, and Language School Director. She has a Masters in Education with a Major in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Concordia University. Linda is a strong believer in Lifelong Learning, and enjoys nothing more than learning something new. When she is not teaching English, she works in a private practice as a certified Wellness and Food Psychology Coach and a Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Jenia Ivanova has been working at ELI since 2007, teaching reading, writing, grammar, and content-based ESL classes. She graduated from Sofia University "Clement Ohridski" in Bulgaria, with a joined BA/MA in Education and a Minor in Psychology. After immigrating to the United States, she studied at the University of Utah and obtained a MA in Linguistics. She has more than twenty five years teaching experience in the United States and Bulgaria.
She enjoys reading books, outdoor activities and sports such as hiking, running, and swimming, learning new languages, traveling, listening to music, and dancing. Her favorite thing to do, however, is spending time with her family and playing with her German shepherd dog and her two cats.
Miranda is a recent graduate from the University of Utah with a Ph.D. in linguistics. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Montana. At the University of Montana, she taught ESL. She has also taught linguistics and ESL for the University of Utah's Department of Linguistics. Her research focuses on phonology and morphology with a secondary research interest in higher education pedagogy.
In her spare time, Miranda enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, baking, gardening, reading, hiking, backpacking, and rafting.
Jason E Mower, a Utah native, received both his BA in general theoretical linguistics and a MA in applied linguistics with and emphasis in second language acquisition and TESOL certification from the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah. Jason has taught in ESP, EAP, and IEP programs at the University of Incheon in South Korea and at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. Jason is bilingual in English and Korean, and he has also studied Spanish, French, and Japanese over the years.
In his free time, Jason loves spending time with family and friends and playing all kinds of games with them. He also enjoys playing tennis, bowling, table tennis, billiards, cooking, traveling, reading, and listening to music and watching foreign-language television and films in the languages that he knows and studied.
Mary Porter received her B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in French and a double Minor in Business and German from Auburn University. After graduation, she homeschooled her children and lived in many states and Canada before finally coming to Utah. Mary received her Masters in Teaching (TESOL) from the University of Southern California in December 2012. In her free time, Mary loves spending time with family and friends, playing the piano, reading, swimming, quilting, traveling and learning about other cultures.
Hazel has been teaching ESL in Salt Lake City for the over 10 years. She started teaching ESL with Cross Culture Club, a non profit student based club, at the University of Utah This experience inspired her to get her TESOL and get her MA in Applied Linguistics which she completed in 2009. She has been teaching at ELI since summer, 2007. Her teaching experience also includes teaching drama and voice to high school students in the area. In addition to teaching, she has been a travel agent and a professional actress. Her other interests include traveling, singing, her pets, gardening, and hugging her 3 grown kids and grandchildren. She loves to meet new people and learn about their cultures.
Glenna has been teaching ESL for 16 years in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the US. She loves animals and volunteers at the Humane Society walking dogs and helping to find homes for abandoned or abused animals. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music and traveling.
Rus graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's Degree in Italian (1997) and an M.A. in TESOL (2001). After teaching ESL at BYU in Provo for a number of years, he gained more experience in the field teaching for three years at BYU-Hawaii. He has also taught ESL and Italian in other locations. Some of his areas of interest in the field of ESL include content-based courses, specifically science and drama, as well as technology in the classroom.
Outside the realm of ESL, Rus has worked at two zoos and a children's museum. Having viewed the living world with endless fascination since early childhood, Rus has bred, raised, and trained a variety of animals from fish to frogs to sugar gliders. He has published a number of articles on the aquarium hobby. He and his wife Kelly, hosts a weekly aquarium podcast, and he also has a YouTube channel about keeping pets. On a completely different note, he is a founding and current member of Maxed-Out Puppetry. He enjoys finding ways of bringing elements from his hobbies into his work in pedagogically sound ways. Two of his favorite activities at home are playing games and reading aloud, complete with character voices, with his wife and four children.