• Experts in English Teacher Training

    Bridge trainers are professionals in the field who are experienced in teaching English and dedicated to training English teachers. All of our teacher trainers have a bachelor’s degree, at minimum, and most have either an M.A. or certification in TEFL and extensive practical teaching experience in a variety of contexts. Most importantly, Bridge trainers are passionate about what they do and consistently strive to serve the diverse needs of their EFL students and TEFL trainees.

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Denise Kray

Denise Kray

IDELT Instructor

Denise earned her B.A. in Elementary Education in 1995 from the University of Alberta, Canada, and also holds a Cambridge Delta Module Two (Developing professional practice). After college, she spent a year teaching English in Japan. Upon returning to the States, Denise earned her Colorado teacher credential, and in 1997, started with Bridge in Denver, teaching ESL classes. In 2003, Denise became a teacher trainer for the Bridge programs.

Leah Donelson

Leah Donelson

IDELT Instructor/Bridge Tutor

Leah earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature in 2012 from the University of Colorado, and also holds a Cambridge CELTA certification. She began teaching at Bridge Education Group, Inc. in 2014 and has taught ESL classes of all levels, including test preparation, grammar, reading, listening, and speaking in Academic, Business, and General English programs. She has also assisted in curriculum development for the General and Academic English programs. Additionally, she is an invigilator for the IELTS exam. In 2016, Leah became a teacher trainer for the Bridge program as an IDELT instructor in Denver and in 2020, Leah became a tutor for Bridge’s online programs.

Leah Donelson

Karina Zew

IDELT Instructor/Bridge Tutor

Karina lived most of her childhood in the U.S., but moved to Argentina as a teenager. She has a master's degree in psychology and has been involved in the education field for many years. Karina’s career began nearly 30 years ago, when she taught Business English classes at international companies, and during that time she also taught general English to young learners. She has also shared her knowledge in the field of English teaching as a speaker at TEFL/TESOL conferences. Karina joined Bridge in 2003 at our center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where in addition to being a Bridge tutor, she is also an IDELT trainer.


Leah Donelson

Terry McLean

IDELTOnlineTM Instructor/Bridge Tutor

Terry Mclean earned her B.A. in Business from Brenau College, and later completed a Master's in Education in ESL from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Terry has over twenty years’ experience teaching English, nine of which were spent working with high school students in rural North Carolina. She also has experience teaching abroad in Germany, where she worked as a private ESL tutor for five years. She is an instructor for the graduate-level Bridge IDELTOnlineTM course, as well as a tutor for Bridge.

Ann Leonard

Katrina Schmidt

IDELTOnlineTM Instructor

Katrina J. Schmidt started teaching English as a volunteer in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. After teaching for several years, she decided to obtain her Master’s in TESOL at The New School in New York. Katrina has taught in universities in the United States, Colombia, Mexico, and China, and she has served as an English Language Fellow in Mexico where she trained local English teachers. Katrina has presented at language teaching conferences across the US and Latin America and is interested in social justice in education, academic English, technology for language learning, and professional development for English teachers. As a teacher for over ten years, she enjoys sharing her experiences and tips with new and existing teachers.


Online Tutors

Ashli Lovitt

Ashli Seehase

Bridge Tutor

Ashli has been teaching English since 2002, in both the United States and Costa Rica. She has a Bachelor’s in Linguistics from the University of Washington, a Master’s in Education from Arizona State University, and a TEFL/TESOL certification. Her teaching experience ranges from working as a special education teacher in a school with a high English language learner population, to teaching Business English in Central America. In addition to being a Bridge tutor, Ashli currently teaches English at a university in Germany.

Cheryl Madrid

Cheryl Madrid

Bridge Tutor

Cheryl Madrid, Ed.S (Specialist in Education) has been an online TEFL/TESOL tutor and IELTS examiner for Bridge since 2009. She has worked as the academic coordinator at an intensive English program in Denver and currently works as an ESL instructor for the Denver Public School District’s Family and Community Engagement program and for adults that want to attain their GED diploma. She enjoys time with her family (especially her grandson), as well as reading, traveling, gardening and getting to know her TEFL/TESOL trainees.

Gabriela Torregiani

Gabriela Torregiani

Bridge Tutor

Gabriela, or “Gabby,” has over 25 years' experience Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL/TESOL). She has worked as a classroom TEFL/TESOL teacher for more than 15 years and as an online tutor with Bridge since 2005. She has experience teaching a variety of levels and ages, in settings ranging from preschools to large corporations, and everything in between. She has an Associate's in ESL Education and a Bachelor's in Public Technical Literary Translation. She has also completed extensive post-graduate work in TEFL/TESOL, including at the University of Santa Barbara, CA.

Katie Henley

Katie Henley

Bridge Tutor

Katie earned her B.A. degree in French and her M.A. degree in TESL/TEFL from Colorado State University in 2000. After graduation, she has taught English to speakers of other languages at intensive English programs in Colorado and Wisconsin. She loves the science, art, and pedagogy of language acquisition and has studied several languages herself, including French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, and Arabic. Katie always aims to share passion for language learning with her students and Bridge trainees. In her spare time, Katie writes fiction and relaxes.

Tiffany Hendrix

Tiffany Hendrix

Bridge Tutor

Tiffany Hendrix earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University. There, she worked as a study abroad advisor, accompanying students to Ecuador, Greece, and France. After earning her master's degree at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Tiffany taught history and English Language Learning (ELL) in the Clark County School District and also taught in Guatemala. Tiffany joined Bridge as an Academic Director for centers in Chadron, Nebraska and Grand Junction, Colorado. She has presented at iTESOL conferences in Utah and is an active member of iTESOL and TESOL. In addition to being a Bridge tutor, she is currently teaching French and ELL in Western Colorado.

Liset Acosta

Liset Acosta

Bridge Tutor

Liset was born in Cuba, but lived part of her life in Cape Verde, an island nation off the coast of Africa. After earning her Bachelor’s in Education, she went on to earn a Master’s in TESOL from the School of International Training in Vermont, as well as a Master’s in Applied Linguistics in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, from the University of Jaen in Madrid. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Education. Liset earned her TEFL/TESOL certification in Barcelona, Spain, and a certificate in Teaching Business English in London. Liset has taught English in Cuba, Cape Verde, Spain and the United States and speaks several languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole. She currently lives in Salem, Oregon, where is an English Language Acquisition Specialist for the Salem-Keizer School District. Liset has been a Bridge tutor since 2004.

Rex Alexander

Rex Alexander

Bridge Tutor

Based in Thailand for many years, Rex grew up in California, but considers Hawaii his "spiritual" home. Rex has a Master's in Educational Psychology, a Bachelor's in Counseling Psychology, and a CELTA certificate from the British Council in Singapore. He has more than thirty years’ experience in the field of TEFL/TESOL, including management and teacher training experience in Hawaii and Asia. Rex has taught English in a variety of settings, including the Hawaiian campus of Japan's Tokai University, the University of Hawaii, and Canadian International School in Singapore. He also served as head of the English Language Department for the Singapore Institute of Commerce, the oldest business school in Singapore. In addition to being a Bridge tutor since 2008, Rex is also an online ESL teacher.