Meet our Professors

International TEFL Academy Professors

International TEFL Academy is committed to providing our students with the finest training possible and our instructors are at the heart of this mission. As a TEFL student aspiring to become a professional English teacher abroad, you deserve to be trained by a highly qualified instructor.  

All International TEFL Academy instructors possess advanced credentials & training (typically a Master's Degree or PhD) in the field of teaching English as a foreign language, linguistics and related fields. Our professors have extensive teaching and training experience. In addition, all International TEFL Academy professors possess overseas teaching experience.

ITA owned/operated classes are Chicago, Barcelona, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the Online TEFL course.

All of our Partner TEFL Class instructors also possess professional educational and teaching experience that meet or exceed international standards.

Meet our Professors

 

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Betsy Jo Divine


Director of Studies

 

A former Chicago course instructor and is now the Director of Studies, Betsy has been working with ITA since 2014. Betsy has a MA in Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) from Northern Arizona University and a master's Certificate in Online Teaching from the University of Illinois Online. Read More About Betsy

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Jessica Allison


Chicago TEFL Class Professor

 

Jessica is from California and taught English in China and Italy. She has traveled to over 25 countries. Jessica holds an M.A. in International Education from Concordia University Irvine. Read More About Jessica

International TEFL Academy Online Professor

Juliana Angelina

Online TEFL Class Professor

Juliana joined the ITA team in January of 2018. She holds her M.A. in Education and is a doctor of Jurisprudence. Juliana taught English abroad in China and Japan. Read More About Juliana

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Barbara Carkuff


Online TEFL Class Professor

 

Barbara earned her BA in Spanish & Education with Honors and her M.A. in TESOL & Bilingual Education from Northern Illinois University. She has taught English abroad in Hanoi, Vietnam & Barcelona, Spain. Read More About Barbara

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Hannah Caruso

Online TEFL Class Professor


Hannah has been working with ITA since 2013. She has taught ESL in universities both in the U.S. (Colorado State University) and overseas (University of Oviedo in Spain). Hannah earned her M.A. in English/TESOL from Colorado State University. Read More About Hannah

Caitlin Cornell - International TEFL Academy instructor

Caitlin Cornell


Online TEFL Class Professor

 

Caitlin holds a BA in French & International Studies from Kalamazoo College in addition to an M.A. from the University of Illinois - Chicago in Linguistics with a specialization in TESOL.  She has also lived & worked in France & Lebanon. Read More About Caitlin

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Quinn Cruz


Online TEFL Class Professor


Quinn earned her M.A. from Wheaton College in TESOL and Intercultural Studies. Quinn has taught in public schools in the U.S. and has also taught in Costa Rica and Ecuador. Read More About Quinn

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Juliana Dukov


Chicago TEFL Class Professor

 

A published writer and translator, Juliana holds an M.A. in English Philology & Theory of Literature. She has taught Business English and TOEFL preparation courses abroad; English and American Literature at the university level; & has worked as a foreign language instructor in English, Bulgarian, Russian and Italian. Read More About Juliana

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Karen Duncan


Online TEFL Class Professor

 

Karen has taught English in Japan & Mexico and she holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Colorado State University. She has also experienced the Great Wall of China via zipline! Read More About Karen

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Kim Hayes

Online TEFL Course Professor

Kim started teaching ITA's Online TEFL class in August 2017. She has a BA from DePaul in English Education and a M.A. of Education from the University of Missouri in ESL/EFL Curriculum Development & Instruction. Read More About Kim

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Milan Hollister


Online TEFL Course Professor

Milan earned her Masters in Education Counseling from Northern Arizona University and is working on her Doctorate in Educational Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Milan taught in South Korea, France, Spain, Dubai, and Mexico. Read More About Milan

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Carlie Johnson


Online TEFL Course Professor


Carlie taught English abroad in Madrid for six years and has traveled exstensively through Europe. She holds an M.A. in TESL and currently works as an ESL teacher at Green River College in Auburn, WA. Read More About Carlie

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Amelia Jones


Online TEFL Class Professor

Amelia earned her M.A. in English (Teaching English as a Second/ForeignLanguage) from Colorado State University. She taught English abroad in Saudi Arabia and has taught ESL in Colorado and Mississippi. Read More About Amelia

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Kristin Jones

Online TEFL Class Professor

Kristin taught the ITA Online TEFL class back in 2012 and is back teaching in 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kristin taught abroad in Russia and Mexico. Read More About Kristin

International TEFL Academy Online Class Professor

Alyssa Kronlund

Online TEFL Class Professor

Alyssa joined the ITA team in spring of 2018. She has her M.A. in TESOL from The New School. Alyssa taught English abroad in South Korea and Macau. Read More About Alyssa

Meghan McNeill - International TEFL Academy Professor

Meghan McNeill


Online TEFL Class Professor

Meghan holds an M.A. in Second Language Education from the University at Buffalo and also a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (international) from the University of Nottingham (England). She has taught English in China & Mexico and has traveled to 30 countries. Read More About Meghan

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Jesica Nkouaga


Online TEFL Class Professor

Jesica holds a Masters of Liberal Studies, ESOL Education. She's been teaching with ITA since March of 2013. She has taught ESL at 3 different U.S. universities and also taught English in Thailand, Jordan, Honduras, China, and Uganda. Read More About Jesica

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Kenneth Odiase-Capps

Online TEFL Class Professor

Kenneth started teaching the ITA Online class in the summer of 2013 and re-joined the team in 2018. He holds a M.A. in English with Emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) and has taught abroad in Japan and China. Read More About Kenneth

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Adrian Ortiz


Online TEFL Course Professor

Adrian has been an ITA Online course instructor since 2012. He earned his M.A. in TESOL from Northeastern Illinois University. Read More About Adrian

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Kari Redmond

Online TEFL Course Professor

Kari joined the ITA team in August 2017. She holds a M.A. in Education from the University of Colorado and also has her TEFL & CELTA certificates. Kari taught ESL in Chile and English in a high school in Honduras. Read More About Kari

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Osa Relacion

Online TEFL Class Professor

Osa has her M.A. in TESOL from Florida International University, and she has been teaching ITA's Online TEFL class since 2011. Read More About Osa

Emily Ricklefs - International TEFL Academy Professor

Emily Ricklefs


Online TEFL Class Professor

A native of Colorado, Emily earned her BA from Cornell College & her M.A. in TEFL & Education from Colorado State. She studied abroad in Germany & worked for the Red Cross in Mexico before moving to South America to teach English in Bolivia. Read More About Emily

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Kelli Ryan

Online TEFL Class Professor

Kelli has her M.A. in English as a Second Language from Kent State University, and she has been teaching ITA's Online class since December of 2017. Read More About Kelli

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Kismet Saglam


Online TEFL Class Professor

Kismet holds her M.S. in Education & TESOL from Shenandoah University & her BA in Political Science from Roosevelt University. She taught English in Turkey and says her most memorable travel experience was laying eyes on the skyline of Istanbul for the first time. Read More About Kismet

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Wayne Walker


Online TEFL Course Professor

Wayne has been an ITA Online course instructor since June 2014. He holds a M.A. in TEFL/TESL from Colorado State University. Wayne has also taught English abroad in the Czech Republic & Spain. Read More About Wayne

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Scott Welsh

Online TEFL Course Professor

Scott has beeing teaching the ITA Online class since 2015. He earned his M.A. in Applied Linguistics & his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Scott has taught ESL classes full-time at Arizona State University since 2008. Read More About Scott

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Kateryna Yuri

Online TEFL Course Professor

Kateryna joined the ITA team in January 2018. She holds her M.A. in Education and is currently teaching English for creative arts (ESP) and ESL at the Toronto Film School. Kateryna also taught in Japan with the JET program. Read More About Kateryna

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Emmy Curry

Online TEFL Course Professor

Emmy earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching ESL from NC State University. Emily has also traveled to over 15 countries! Read More About Emmy

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Amanda Hilliard

Online TEFL Course Professor

Amanda earned her MA in TEFL/TESL from the University of Birmingham and has taught abroad in South Korea, Vietnam, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Hungary. Read More About Amanda

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Katie Gaffney

Online TEFL Course Professor

Katie has her MEd Curriculum & Instruction and an ESOL Endorsement from George Mason University. Katie taught English abroad in Mumbai, India! Read More About Katie

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Sam Bandy

Online TEFL Course Professor

Sam started teaching ITA's Online TEFL class in August of 2011. Sam holds a M.A. in Teaching Languages, TESOL from the University of Southern Mississippi. Read More About Sam

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Tiffany Keough

Online TEFL Course Professor

Tiffany holds a M.A. in TESOL from The New School of Public Engagement in New York. Tiffany also taught English abroad in Costa Rica. Read More About Tiffany

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Emily Noble

Online TEFL Course Professor

Emily has her M.A. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas. Emily was an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Catolica del Norte, Antofagasta in Chile, and she also taught English in Thailand, Mexico, and Venezuela. Read More About Emily 

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Mary Hanson

Online TEFL Course Professor

Mary earned her M.A. in TESOL from the University of London, and she was the Associate Director of International Affairs ad responsible for the Intensive English Program at the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs). Read More About Mary

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Micah Colbert

Online TEFL Class Professor

Micah earned his M.S. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL emphasis, D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. He also taught English and leadership skills to Bible institute students from Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria. Read More About Micah

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Megan Court

Online TEFL Class Professor

Megan earned her MA in TESOL from Hamline University, and she worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in Mauritania and Rwanda and at the American Language Center in Rabat, Morocco. Read More About Megan