Meet Your Team


Aaron Schwartz

Aaron has been teaching English to speakers of other languages in Portland area communities since 2007 and began teaching in workplaces in 2009. Aaron holds a BA with a double major in Foreign Languages and Literature and International Studies. He also has a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Portland State University. His interests include literature and philosophy, critical pedagogy, socio-linguistics, and linguistics and cognitive science.


Kenzo Gardner

Kenzo began teaching English in the summer of 2001. He taught in Tokyo, Japan and Mexico City, where he met and interacted with people of various cultural and educational backgrounds. Those interactions caused him to appreciate and rise to the challenges of teaching English to students in a multi-level classroom setting. Kenzo holds a BA in Spanish Literature and MA in TESOL. He has taught at Clark College, Portland Community College, and Chemeketa.


Margaret Ellis

Margaret was born and raised in the Portland area. She has taught English to immigrant and refugee populations in Portland and she taught both English and teaching methodology in Ukraine. Margaret has earned a BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia and a second BA in Russian from Portland State University. She completed a MS in Language Education with an emphasis on TESOL from Indiana University’s Department of Literacy Culture and Language Education.



Kathy Boyer

Kathy Boyer received her BA from Western Oregon University in Education with endorsements in Elementary, Spanish, and ESOL/Bilingual Education. She received her MA in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College. After teaching at an elementary school, where she began her ESL teaching, she moved into high school classrooms, teaching beginning levels of Spanish and ESOL. She spent several years teaching both English and Spanish as second languages in Woodburn. Kathy has been teaching ESL classes for several years at Chemeketa Community College.

Colleen Richardson

Colleen has a Master’s in TESOL from Concordia University and a B.A. in Communication and French from Portland State University, also in Portland. A near native Oregonian, she gained intercultural experience while studying abroad in France and teaching English in China. She has taught English in a variety of settings to immigrant and refugee populations in Portland, as well as in the Adult Basic Education program at Portland Community College.