August 12, 2014


timhealy-square Tim Healy, Director

Tim has been active in the field of ESL for fifteen years as a teacher and administrator. He holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Seattle Pacific University and a BA in Russian from the University of Montana. As a college student, he studied in the U.S.S.R. and subsequently lived in Russia. Tim has published and presented on the topic of authenticity in the language classroom and presented on authoring websites to promote writing skills and using wikis in teacher training. His interests include action research, curriculum development and teacher training. He enjoys working with INTERLINK and SPU staff to assist students in optimizing their opportunities for learning in the multi-cultural environment of Seattle.

Kara Schultheiss, Student Services Coordinator

Kara is a native of the Pacific Northwest. Having grown up in Portland, OR, she moved to Seattle in 1996 to attend Seattle Pacific University. After four years of working with immigrant/refugee children and families in Seattle, she received her TESOL certificate in 2005 and spent three years teaching English at a university in China. Upon her return to the U.S., she completed an M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Seattle University and began tutoring and teaching at A.C.E. She has served as the Student Services Coordinator since 2010, and recently took on the additional role of Enrollment Services Director.  Kara has presented at the WAESOL, Tri-TESOL and AWISA conferences, and traveled to Thailand to conduct teacher training for a conference of American teachers in China. She is passionate about international education and loves welcoming students to Seattle and helping them have a successful experience both inside and outside the classroom!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Annie Roy, Program Assistant

Annie will be graduating from Seattle Pacific University in June with a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a Spanish Language Studies Minor. She is passionate about engaging with other cultures and wants to help make the Seattle community welcoming to everyone. In her free time she enjoys drawing, hiking, yoga, and reading.


Brenna Lowery, Instructor

Brenna’s passion for teaching began in 2011 while mentoring immigrants and refugees in her home state of Texas. After graduating with a BA in International Peace Studies and Anthropology from the University of North Texas, she went on to hone her teaching skills and received her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. Brenna lived and taught abroad for four years in Peru, Vietnam, and Russia before moving to Seattle in 2015.  She is dedicated to a holistic, student-centered approach, and enjoys researching culturally responsive teaching and identity construction. Outside of class, Brenna loves reading, creating artwork, and practicing her Russian.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Cindy Herter, Instructor

Cindy Herter began teaching English as a volunteer at Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle in 2008 after receiving a Certificate in TESOL from Seattle Central College. She then earned her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Seattle Pacific University. Cindy presented teaching strategies with complementary cohorts at the Graduate Student Forum at the 2011 international TESOL convention. After graduation in June 2011, she spent nine months teaching in Istanbul, Turkey before returning to Seattle. She has twice trained teachers of English in the TESOL Certificate Program at Seattle Central College. In the summer of 2016, she taught Advanced English at the Summer Language Institute at LCC University in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Joe Hamilton, Instructor

Joe is originally from northern Indiana where he received his MA in Theological Studies. He has a  TESOL Certificate and began teaching English because of his passion for peace and justice and his interest in empowerment through language. He has taught English to children and adults in Seattle and in South Korea. He presented at the 2017 international TESOL conference and the WAESOL and Tri-TESOL Conferences on the topics of vocabulary and using lexical analysis to select and adapt materials. Joe regularly attends conferences, seminars and reads ESL research. In research, he is especially interested in improving and refining assessment practices and materials. Joe has taught at A.C.E. Language Institute, now INTERLINK, since 2013.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Megan Hanna, Instructor

After receiving her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Megan traveled to the Czech Republic where she received her TEFL Certificate in 2003. Shortly thereafter she began teaching in Slovakia where she specialized in business English instruction before taking a position as an English teacher at a local high school. She also had the opportunity to teach with the Kosciuszko Foundation in Poland. Megan returned to the US to obtain her M.A. in International Studies with a regional concentration in the former Soviet space from the University of Denver in 2009. She speaks German and draws upon her own experience as a foreign language learner when teaching. Since moving to Seattle, she has helped prepare immigrants for obtaining US citizenship and has taught at A.C.E. Language Institute. She is passionate about fostering cross-cultural understanding and curiosity in her classroom. She also sits on the board of the Young Professionals International Network, a program of the World Affairs Council of Seattle. In her free time, Megan enjoys finding new music, filmmaking, and exploring new places in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


William Gibson has been working with ESL students since 2002 when he first volunteered on the University of Arkansas campus. He received his MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Seattle Pacific University in 2013. He has taught ESL at schools in Seattle and Japan. Since becoming a full-time instructor, William has dedicated himself to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which has led to presentations at the international TESOL Conference, the WAESOL Conference and the Tri-TESOL Conference, along with a continued desire to present and share information to help inform fellow ESL instructors. William has taught at A.C.E. Language Institute, now INTERLINK, since 2010.

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