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.
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, a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Utah, and 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 2008. She grew up outside the U.S. and never lived in one place for more than five years until she came to Salt Lake City where she has lived for many years with her husband, two children, and a cat. Her interests include learning languages, art, traveling, and outdoor recreation.
Amy Delis graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in TESOL. She has been teaching ESOL since 1998 and has taught adults as well as children in the U.S. and China. She enjoys travelling with her family and has visited 30 countries (and counting!). She speaks Spanish and has a goal to one day speak Mandarin Chinese. Other interests include Tai Chi, singing, playing the piano, oil painting, and reading as many books as she can.
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.
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.
Lisa Fuller has 10 years ESL teaching experience. She lived in Switzerland for eight years, where she taught English for five years before moving to Park City. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Diego State University and her Master Of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Utah. She is married and has a daughter, who was born in August, 2002. She speaks German at home with her husband, who is from Switzerland. She loves the outdoors and any outdoor sport.
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.
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.
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.
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.