Experts in teaching English as a foreign language
BridgeTEFL trainers are professionals in the field who are experienced in teaching English and dedicated to training English teachers. All of our teacher trainers have either an M.A. or certification in TEFL and extensive practical teaching experience in a variety of contexts. Most importantly, BridgeTEFL trainers are passionate about what they do and consistently strive to serve the diverse needs of their EFL students and TEFL trainees.
CELTA/IDELT Trainer Denise Kray
Denise earned a Bachelors of Elementary Education in 1995 from the University of Alberta, Canada, and also holds a Cambridge Delta Module Two (Developing professional practice). After university, she spent a year in Japan where she taught English to students of all levels. Upon returning to the U.S., Denise got her Colorado teacher credential, and in 1997 came to Bridge Education Group, Inc. where she has taught ESL classes, including test preparation, grammar, reading, listening, and speaking. Since 2003, Denise has been a teacher trainer for the BridgeTEFL programs – as the Head IDELT™ Trainer for BridgeTEFL in Denver and a tutor for the Cambridge CELTA. She has also assisted in curriculum development for both ESL classes and BridgeTEFL.
CELTA TrainerDavid Patten
A native of London, England, David has been a teacher and trainer in the field of ELT since the 1980s. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, including university programs, private language schools, and public school districts. He has worked in Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. He has trained teachers in Brazil through the British Council, and is also an approved trainer for the School for International Training. He holds the three main credentials in the field: CELTA, DELTA, and an MA Applied Linguistics.
IDELT Online Instructor/Head TEFLOnline Tutor Terry Mclean
Terry McLean earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Brenau College, and later completed a Masters in Education in ESL from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Phoenix. Terry has 23 years of experience teaching ESL, 10 of which were spent teaching ESL high school students in rural North Carolina. She has also lived in Schwetzingen, Germany, where she worked as a private ESL tutor for 5 years.
Terry is head tutor for Bridge TEFLOnline and an instructor for our graduate-level e-learning TESOL course, the International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT Online) and facilitator for several specialty courses.
When she is not working in her passions of teaching ESL or training teachers, she is outside on her little farm tending to bees and chickens. As a master gardener, she is often found working in the garden.
IDELT Online Instructor/TEFLOnline Tutor Ann Leonard
Ann Leonard has a B.A. in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Ann has been in the field of adult language education for 25 years, teaching EFL in Germany and Japan to a diverse population of learners. In the States, Ann has taught academic English and ESL to an immigrant population. Ann has a special interest in the area of curriculum development and hosted a discussion session on the subject at the 1997 International TESOL conference. Ann has a passion for learning languages, traveling, and living abroad. She is a Bridge TEFLOnline.com tutor and an instructor for our graduate-level, e-learning TESOL course, the International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT Online).
IDELT Trainer Leah Donelson
Leah earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature in 2012 from the University of Colorado, and also holds a Cambridge CELTA certification. She worked for 10 years in the financial industry before making a career change and becoming an ESL teacher. Upon completion of her CELTA, she began teaching at Bridge Education Group, Inc. in 2014. She has taught ESL classes in 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. Since 2015, Leah has taught online ESL classes for group classes as well as private lessons to students of all levels from around the globe. Additionally, she is an invigilator for the IELTS exam. In 2016, Leah became a teacher trainer for the BridgeTEFL program as an IDELT trainer in Denver.