MEET THE ITA
ADMISSIONS TEAM

 

Your First Point of Contact

An Admissions Advisor is the first point of contact for learning about your options for TEFL certification and teaching English abroad.  All of the ITA Admissions Advisors have spent time living, traveling and/or teaching abroad.

Your assigned advisor will work with you throughout the research and enrollment process.

ITA Admissions Advisors are rigorously trained to answer questions on up-to-date teaching market information, hiring procedures and timelines, average salary and living costs, education requirements, visa eligibility, and more.

We're Here To Help, Every Step of The Way

As an ITA alum, you benefit from our lifetime job search assistance, our expert tips and thorough advice, and have exclusive access to our Student Affairs Department and prime resources.

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ITA's Admissions Advisor will help you with your project of teaching English abroad & online

Primary Admissions Advisor Responsibilities:

  • Provide personalized information regarding hiring procedures, international English teaching job markets, and timelines.
  • Assist students with creating plans of action to accomplish their goal of teaching abroad.
  • Offer realistic expectations for what teaching English abroad will be like.
  • Inform prospective students on TEFL course framework and responsibilities.
  • Explain TEFL certification admission requirements and registration procedures.

Learn More:  Why You Need to Speak with a Professional TEFL Admission Advisors

MEET OUR TEAM

Ian Davis
Director of Admissions

Ian Davis

Since his first trip to Europe as a teen, Ian's passion for travel and adventure has continued to grow. An ITA Founder and our most senior advisor, Ian has helped hundreds of people live their dream of teaching English abroad.

Sarah Grace Gleisner
Admissions Manager

Sarah Grace Gleisner

Sarah grew up in the Wisconsin countryside and taught English in Japan. Sarah has an extensive background in the field of international education. She worked for the University of Illinois study abroad office, the Institute of International Education in Washington D.C., and worked on the Fullbright Program.

Jeff Penick
Admissions Advisor

Jeff Penick

Prior to joining ITA in 2011, Jeff spent two years teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. He used the money he saved while teaching in Korea to fund a year of travel in Asia and South America. Here in Chicago, Jeff can always be counted on to make a strong showing in ITA’s annual Halloween costume contest.

Lindsay Campher-Krasinski
Admissions Advisor

Lindsay Campher-Krasinski

From Uruguay, Ecuador, and Argentina to South Africa, Japan & Iceland, Lindsay has literally lived all across the globe. Combined with her Master's in Education and her zest for life, Lindsay's background makes her uniquely qualified to help others achieve their goal of teaching English abroad.

Doug Waxman
Admissions Advisor

Doug Waxman

A native of St. Louis (and an avid Cardinals fan), Doug has worked, traveled, and/or studied on five continents. When not helping others teach abroad, Doug can often be found playing guitar or spending time outdoors with his wife and 2 kids.

Shay Ames
Admissions Advisor

Shay Ames

Since becoming disillusioned and bored with his old corporate job in Chicago more than seven years ago, Shay has made it his life's work to help others travel the world by teaching English abroad.


Matt Birgy
Admissions Advisor

Matt Birgy

Originally from a small town in Michigan, Matt first lived abroad in Germany to learn the language. He later spent two years teaching English in Seoul, South Korea, traveling the region and visiting countries like Japan and India.

Michael Kunik
Admissions Advisor

Michael Kunik

In 2009, Michael became TEFL Certified and moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English. Invariably, whenever asked how he feels about the time he spent living and teaching there, his answer is the same: “Choosing to move abroad was the best decision I have ever made in my life.”

Andrew Hines
Admissions Advisor

Andrew Hines

Born & raised in Chicago, Andrew is an International TEFL Academy grad and taught English in South Korea. When he's not working, you can find him hanging around the lake with his pup!

Liz Dellapenna
Admissions Advisor

Liz Dellapenna

From China to Denmark, Liz is an avid world traveler who has lived abroad extensively and traveled to over 50 countries. Liz left her job in the film industry in Los Angeles to join the team at ITA in Chicago!

Erica Overbeek
Admissions Advisor

Erica-Overbeek-Bio

Erica was raised in a small town in Michigan, which inspired her desire to discover what the rest of the world had to offer. Erica spent over four years living abroad all over Spain!

Ahmad Al-AshQar
Admissions Advisor

Ahmad Al-Ashqar

Ahmad is a Kuwait-born Palestinian from the south side of Chicago, and after college, he moved to Dubai to teach high school English. Ahmad has a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing.

Sandra Wagner
Admissions Advisor

Sandra Wagner | Admissions Advisor

An ITA alum herself, Sandra spent five years teaching English in Changhua, Taiwan, before returning home to start her role here at ITA in October of 2021. She attended the University of South Florida where she majored in Criminology.

Ambrosia Maddox
Admissions Advisor

Ambrosia Maddox | Admissions Advisor

After teaching in Georgia through the Peace Corps, Ambrosia headed to China to teach for a year before returning home to get TEFL certified right here at ITA. She later went on to teach English in South Korea before moving back to the USA to join Team ITA in October of 2021.

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