We’re here to support you

We pride ourselves on the customer service we deliver. We are ready to meet all of our students in person for advising, and we advocate an “open-door policy”. You can arrange to meet with our program coordinator or the director anytime, and we’re almost always available for drop-ins. We believe this human element is important, especially when preparing for a career that focuses on human interaction and communication. We look forward to speaking with you about your career goals in TESOL!



George Rowe

Executive Director

George took over the helm at S-TESL as the Executive Director in April, 2015. He has extensive experience as an ESL teacher, program director, and teacher educator, both in Europe and here in the U.S. He has an impressive track record of supporting teachers and developing training programs coupled with experience and knowledge of program administration and marketing. We are confident that George will bring fresh energy and perspective to S-TESL while maintaining and building upon the strengths and reputation of our program.

“Thank you for considering our TESOL education programs! It’s great that you’re researching your options thoroughly before making such an important decision that will impact your future. I encourage you to discover everything our program has to offer, and I’m confident that the range of courses and study options will match your needs. TESOL is a dynamic and rewarding profession that provides many different career opportunities at home and abroad. Whether you are new to teaching or an experienced veteran in the field, we look forward to working with you to meet your goals.”


Caitlin Brown

Program Coordinator

B.A. International Studies: East Asia, minor in Japanese, Portland State University. Caitlin has worked for S-TESL since 2014. She spent a school year studying abroad in Tokyo, Japan at Waseda University, and was involved in the International Student associations at both PSU and Waseda. Caitlin is the point of contact in the office for all general administrative needs.


Bernice Ege-Zavala

Outgoing Director

M.A. Linguistics, University of Arizona, BA International Studies, Miami University Bernice began her career at S-TESL in 1992 as the pronunciation instructor for the ESL class. From 1993 – 2004, she was a TESOL teacher educator and taught many courses in the intensive, evening, and online formats. In addition, Bernice developed curriculum for several of the courses. From 2004 – 2015, Bernice was the Director of the school. During her tenure as Director, Bernice developed new courses, began the annual Professional Development Workshop Series, supervised two contracts with Bellevue School District for the ELL Endorsement program, strengthened the school’s nonprofit board governance, and led the transition to the school’s current partnership with Seattle Pacific University. She also served on the TESOL International 2007 Seattle convention planning committee, and presented at the Promising Practices (WA OSPI), WAESOL and Tri-TESOL conferences. Prior to working at S-TESL, Bernice taught German and ESOL to adults for 10 years in a variety of settings in the U.S., including Edmonds Community College. She co-authored The Prentice Hall Workbook for ESL Writers with Stacy Hagen, co-chaired the 2000 WAESOL conference with Dr. Brita Butler-Wall, and served on the boards of several private and public schools.