January 26, 2017

INTERLINK Staff at Seattle Pacific University

INTERLINK teachers are selected for their knowledge and competence in the field of ESL, their extensive cross-cultural experience, and their unqualified commitment to their students. The curriculum is a guide intended to provide needed structure and consistency and is formulated to allow teachers maximum freedom and control of their classes. Teachers are encouraged to use a variety of methods and approaches to mold their classes in accordance with their personal pedagogical outlooks, the needs of the particular individuals in the class, and the fundamental principles and goals of INTERLINK.

tim-healy-2 Tim Healy, Director

Tim Healy 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 (SPU) Kara Schultheiss, Student Services Coordinator

Kara Schultheiss 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!

Bria Anderson, Instructor

Bria Anderson began teaching English as a volunteer in Peru in 2013 while completing her Bachelors in Education and International Studies from The Evergreen State College. After graduating, she completed one year of service with City Year working as an English tutor and mentor in San Antonio, Texas. Bria then went on to receive her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from The School for International Training: Graduate Institute in Vermont. While getting her MA, Bria taught English to students of all ages in Rabat, Morocco. After graduation, she moved to South Korea and taught for 7 months before returning to Seattle. Bria enjoys working as an English Instructor at INTERLINK because she is part of a team that intentionally builds bridges across cultures between people who wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Cindy (SPU) 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.

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