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The English Teacher Collective requires its teachers to have at least ten years of experience and a graduate degree.

As experienced educators, we know how to help each individual learn best.

As business professionals, we understand the need for flexibility in scheduling and pacing. That's why we don't use a "one size fits all" approach to language learning; instead we design courses according to your individual needs and interests, gathering materials relevant to your goals and adapting your course as your needs change.

We do not require you to purchase textbooks or other materials that may not be suited to you. We set the course dates according to your schedule, and we do not charge fees for registration or early exit from the course.

Our English Language Teachers

Our teachers have backgrounds in linguistics and education and knowledge of multiple languages and cultures. They have lived and taught in other countries and have traveled extensively. They are professional, innovative, and culturally sensitive educators.

Julie Yoder, Company Founder

M.A. Linguistics, TEFL Graduate Certificate, K-12 certification ESL

Julie grew up near Atlanta, Georgia. Her interest in other languages and countries began at an early age. Her mother, a native of Ukraine, was active in the Ukrainian Association of Georgia, where Julie and her brother attended language and culture classes. She returned to foreign language study in high school, where she focused on Spanish.

She graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in German and Philosophy. She spent a semester at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria, and after graduation she worked and attended language schools in Davos, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany. She later continued her German studies at the Goethe Institute in Atlanta. Her English tutoring job in Berlin led her to explore language teaching as a career.

She returned to the U.S. to pursue a Master's Program in Linguistics with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition. She also obtained a graduate certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). She has taught business English in Weiden, Germany, listening and special courses at the University of South Carolina's English Programs for Internationals (where she often proctored the TOEFL), and pronunciation at the Maryland English Institute. She spent six years teaching middle school ESL in Alexandria, Virginia, public schools, where she also served as department chairperson.

Julie founded The English Teacher Collective in 2007. She wanted to build a team of devoted, qualified and experienced English language teachers who could truly offer the highest quality language instruction. Her experience teaching, studying and interviewing at other independent language schools helped her to identify ways in which private language instruction could be done better, focusing first and always on the needs of the student. When teachers are qualified, comfortable and happy, it naturally follows that their students will learn effectively and be happy with the results. The English Teacher Collective has since become the leader in the model of customized teaching and tutoring in the private language market, and it has served clients from all over the world.

In addition to delivering private tutorials and customized group classes, Julie recently completed an English Language Teaching Leadership Management Certificate through TESOL, and she also developed a practice United Nations English Language Proficiency Exam for the World Health Organization. She has twice been invited by the U.S. State Department and Meridian International Center to speak to visiting groups of teachers from Russia and Ukraine in the Supporting English Teaching and Learning Project through the Department of State's International Leadership Program. She is a member of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages), WATESOL and The American Dialect Society and she regularly attends conferences to stay up-to-date on the latest effective teaching methods.

Her international travels include trips to Australia, Eastern and Western Europe, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Turkey, Ecuador (where she completed an intensive Spanish course), Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S. Western national parks. She loves the challenge of developing creative approaches to helping her students succeed, and she strives to make language study an interesting and enjoyable experience for all students, regardless of their age or background.

Elizabeth Allin, Instructor and Journalism/Media English Specialist

M.A. Russian Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, Master of Library Science

Elizabeth received her B.A. from Macalester College and her M.A from the University of Maryland's Department of Russian Language & Linguistic and Second Language Acquisition. In addition to teaching Russian, she tutored visiting cosmonauts in English and cross-cultural communication. In her work at the American Council of Teachers of Russian, she developed English and Russian language teaching materials. Since receiving her Masters of Library Science she has specialized in information literacy training and research in organizations including the Newseum, NPR and the National Press Club. Elizabeth’s background makes her especially effective for working with our clients who are journalists by trade, but her sharp intuition, cultural literacy and knowledge, patience and ability to make students feel immediately comfortable have brought language learning success to all kinds of students in the course of her career. A native Washingtonian, she spends most of her free time and disposable income on international travel.

Special Programs Instructors

Douglass Portee, English Language Instructor

TEFL Certification

Douglass is a dedicated teacher with twelve years of experience in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) who has worked with students from almost every country in the world. He loves teaching in a classroom, but he also loves delivering specialized language instruction to individuals who need it to achieve their goals here in the United States. Following a career switch, Douglass earned his teaching certification from Lado International College and has experience teaching at both for-profit and non-profit organizations such as Silver Spring Team for Families, CASA of Maryland, Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington, and the Sanz School. He has dedicated much of his teaching career to instructing recent immigrants to the U.S. and helping them assimilate in their new lives. Douglass has experience with curriculum and assessment design and has developed a method for teaching grammar implicitly through creative word games and humorous dialogues. His creative, imaginative lesson plans keep students energized and engaged during the learning process. As a teacher for ETC, he combines our already proven methodology with his own high-energy teaching style to create classes that give the participants the linguistic competency they need to develop prosperous relationships in the United States.

Deborah Ross, English Language Instructor

M.Ed. Secondary Education, English as a Second Language, J.D.

Deborah has over ten years experience teaching English as a Second Language. She has worked with students of all ages, from kindergarten to adults, and across a wide variety of cultures, linguistic backgrounds and countries. Deborah holds a degree in teaching ESL from George Washington University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. A native of California, Deborah has lived in the Washington D.C. area for over thirty years. She taught middle school in Montgomery County Public Schools, and at the upper school of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland. After practicing law and raising a family, Deborah decided to switch careers, and become a teacher of English as a Second Language. She was attracted to teaching ESL because of the opportunity it affords to help students be at home in the world where English is the dominant language, and to help students reach their educational, professional and personal goals. Additionally, she enjoys the opportunities to learn about other cultures and meet people from all over the world. She loves to travel, is an avid reader (often reading books in translation—another way to learn about a new culture and people) and is looking forward to her next adventures, both in teaching and in visiting new places.

Contact us today to arrange a free one-hour consultation. We can design a course to fit your needs!