Kate Blanas

Kate Blanas

ESL Academy
Kate Blanas has served in a variety of roles in education for over 40 years. She has been a teacher of French, German, Spanish, ESL, geography, health and English in classrooms with Kindergarten through adult students. She has also been the world language coordinator in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools, north of Denver and in Douglas County Schools, south of Denver. She has experience in Human Resources, curriculum development...
Taylor Carver

Taylor Carver

ESL Academy
Taylor is a Denver native, who has been teaching English for 10 years. She has a deep passion for learning new languages and cultural traditions. She has lived abroad in Spain, Chile and France. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, being outdoors and spending time with family and friend
Steve Copley

Steve Copley

ESL Academy
​Steve Copley received his B.S. from Georgetown University and his M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, Teaching English as a Second Language from George Mason University in Virginia. For more than 30 years he has enjoyed working with ESL learners, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, and teachers from around the globe. He has presented at many conferences, written for Voice of America radio, developed an ESL TV series, lived...
Jean Daugherty

Jean Daugherty

ESL Academy
I was born and raised in Northern California. I received my B.A. in History with a Minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University in Utah. I also had the opportunity during that time to live in the Canary Islands. This experience allowed me begin my acquisition of a foreign language, and it was also my first time living abroad which was very exciting. After receiving my degree, I decided to...
JR Gilness

James "Jr" Gilness

ESL Academy
From the time I was a freshman in college, I tutored other students in English and Math, and I proofread friends’ essays in exchange for free beverages. By my senior year I was tutoring refugees in Adult Basic Education. Since then, I have taught English at various schools in Colorado, Missouri, Poland, and my home state of Minnesota. I have a master's degree in English (TESL) from St. Cloud State...
Julia Hedges

Julia Hedges

ESL Academy
Julia received her Master of Education in TESOL from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Spanish from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She has taught English as a Second/Foreign Language in both the United States and throughout the Middle East to adolescents and adults. She has worked as an instructor for Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in both Colorado and Texas...
Gunilla Johnson

Gunilla Johnson

ESL Academy
​I have taught in the ESL field for over 20 years, including six Intensive English Programs. I also have a background in foreign languages and have taught French, German, and Swedish part time at a variety of schools earlier in my career. I was born and raised in Sweden and went to the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, for my degrees in Languages Education. I was part of starting the ESL...