Hillary Betzen

Hillary Betzen received her masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Kansas State University.

She has been teaching Accent Modification for 6 years throughout the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

She lives in Portland, OR, and enjoys hiking, traveling to new places, and watching Star Wars!

Janis Chen

My professional experience includes working with Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Philips, in sales & marketing, PR & branding. And then, I extended my areas to include inter-cultural communication and higher education since 2001.
I am an Inter-cultural Communication trainer & Global Career Coach. I have worked professionally at international corporations in Australia, Canada, China, Taiwan, the U.K., and am currently based in San Diego, California. I have worked with expats in C-suite & manager positions at Uniliver, Novartis, Roche, Crown Relocations, just to name a few.
My expat life allows me to adapt to different personalities, cultures, religions, and beliefs. I absolutely enjoy working with people that insist on a passionate lifestyle. I want to inspire you to explore deeper into your own needs that may exist in your personal and professional lives.

M.A. Professional Communications & PR, University of New York in Prague, Czech Republic
M.A. Communications, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Certified Hogan Assessment practitioner & coach for Talent Development & Selection
Certified Leadership Coach by Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching

3 Fun Facts:
I am a Salsa Latin dance lover.
I have traveled to over 40 countries.
I am honored to meet with Václav Havel, the former Czech President & national hero several times!

Teaching Experience:
Fortune 500 companies in high-tech and healthcare industries
Tip for Students:
Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

Tommy Cox

I am a native of San Diego, California, and I began teaching at 17 years of age. I have a passion for helping students to improve their English skills; it brings me joy to see a smile on their face when they begin to grow and are able to communicate.

I speak Spanish, and so I understand the challenges of learning another language. I am a life long learner, always seeking knowledge and techniques in order to assist students in achieving their goals.  I am here for you.  I am a competitor and champion (2002 World Beach Bocce Ball Championships) and I bring that same drive and determination to my teaching.

B.A. Spanish California State – University San Marcos
TESOL Certification – Global TESOL College

3 Fun Facts:
I am a chocolate addict
Cooking is one life’s ultimate pleasures
I am a farmer a heart

Teaching Experience:

Kaplan International Center, San Diego
ChongRo Overseas Ed. Institute
ESL Extension CSU San Marcos
Univ. of California, San Diego
Yantai University, China

Tip for Students:
“Ability is what you are capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.”
Lou Holtz, American Football Coach