CELTA Tutors

Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston

 

Hello! I started teaching English as a Second Language in August 1993 and I still love it! I have taught English in Niigata, Japan and in Masan, South Korea, and the rest of the time at the English Language Institute at Missouri State University.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my children, learning foreign languages, and traveling.

 

Education

  • MBA Missouri State University
  • MS  English/TESOL, Illinois State University
  • BA  Spanish
  • CELTA Tutor Training

Professional experience

  • Over 20 years teaching ESL and EFL
  • Teacher training for groups of teachers from Brazil and Korea

Languages/Travel

 Spoken languages:

  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Japanese

 Countries traveled to:

  • Much of East Asia and South America
  • France
  • Spain
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • Panama
  • Australia
  • And lots more

Phil Bridges

Hi everybody. I began my first job teaching English as a Second Language in 2007 as a temporary “fall back plan.” Ten eventful and fulfilling years later, it is hard to imagine wanting to do anything else. I am currently working at Missouri State, where I have done a little bit of everything, including teaching in the English Language Institute and special programs, developing curriculum and assessments, and coordinating professional development for the program. I began teacher-training in 2016. I love working with CELTA trainees and helping them maximize their strengths in ways that benefit their students. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, reading, playing music, and watching baseball. 

Education

  • MA English, Missouri State University
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL, Missouri State University
  • BA in French & Literature (double major), Southwest Missouri State University
  • CELTA Tutor Training

Professional Experience

  • Over 10 years teaching ESL
  • Extensive participation in Professional Organizations, presentations and committee roles

Languages/Travel

  Spoken languages:

  • French
  • Spanish

 Countries traveled to:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Chile
  • Honduras
  • Belize
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
  • … and a few more

Christina Kaku

 Christine Kaku CELTA

Hello! I started teaching English in 2002 in Caracas, Venezuela.  I later moved to Europe to teach there and later moved into academic management and then full-time teacher training when I moved back to the US in 2009.  I love teacher training and CELTA courses in particular and wouldn't trade my time training new teachers for anything!

 

 

Education

  • BA International Affairs, The George Washington University
  • CELTA Tutor Training
  • Teaching abroad in Europe and Latin America
  • Academic Management in the Czech Republic, New York, and Washington, DC
  • Teacher training throughout the United States

Professional experience

Languages/Travel

 Spoken languages:

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Czech

Countries traveled to:

  • Much of Western and Central Europe
  • UK
  • Russia
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • Venezuela
  • Egypt
  • Sri Lanka
  • And lots more