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Our Instructors

Have you met our language instructors at our school?

Our instructors are experienced and qualified. They also have love for teaching a language and really enjoy interacting with students. Meet our team of awesome teachers here!

All of our classes are done at our facility in Coquitlam. However, some of our teachers can do classes at a coffee shop or library in Vancouver. If you live too far from Coquitlam, please let us know.

Korean teacher Isabelle Choi
Isabelle Choi, Korean Teacher


Isabelle is a native Korean speaker. She was born in Korea and grew up in South Korea and Canada.
She has graduated from Capilano University and also has an English as a Second Language Certificate from University of Calgary. She has taught Korean language in several organizations for last years such as Greater Vancouver Korean School, J.E.I. Self-Learning, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (immigration society), IH language school and My Language Connect. She has a 8 years of experience in teaching Korean language. She has also been working as a Korean translator. In addition, she wrote Korean language textbooks, 'Hangul today! Mastering Hangul', 'Speak Korean Today! Beginner Korean 1, 2, 3, 4, 5'. 'Speak Korean Today! Conversation 1 & 2, 3 & 4.' She also filmed videos 'Speak Korean Today! ' with her students at My Language Connect and you can find her free Korean video lessons on YouTube. She has a lot of love for teaching  and really enjoys interacting with her students.

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Stella Back, Korean Teacher


Stella is a native Korean speaker. She was born and raised in South Korea. She graduated from Kangwon National University with a Bachelor of English literature and cultural studies. She also won the best student award for her major. She was granted a certificate for TESOL (Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages). She has experience in teaching Korean to Children and adults. She loves meeting and communicating new people, teaching and sharing knowledge of Korean. She can have classes in Vancouver if Coquitlam is too far for you.

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Ashley Oh, Korean Teacher


Ashley is a native Korean speaker. She was born and raised in South Korea, and educated in Malaysia and Canada.  She graduated from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia.

She is enthusiastic and devoted Korean Language Teacher with excellent communication skills, maximizing students' learning experience in diverse classroom settings. She has experience in implementing Korean language group classes for beginners in Malaysia, facilitating Korean-English translation group sessions in Canada, and tutoring Korean language and other subjects. With her diverse work experience and strong cultural understanding, her goal is to make the language class fun and engaging. She loves travelling, reading, and learning new language.

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Kate Lee, Korean Teacher


Kate is a native Korean speaker. She was born and raised in Busan which is the largest port city in South Korea. She graduated from Konkuk University in South Korea. She has also successfully completed TESOL(Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages) Diploma program at Vancouver Community College.

She has experiences teaching Korean as a private tutor in Vancouver and also has teaching experience as an English teacher for 3 years in Shanghai, China.  Having more than 4-year experience and teaching skills in the education field, she will be able to help you to enjoy learning Korean. She loves learning languages and is able to communicate in Chinese and Japanese as well. Also, she likes to experience other cultures by travelling and meeting people from different countries. She can teach classes in Vancouver or Coquitlam.

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Andrea Ham, Korean Teacher


Andrea is a native Korean speaker. She was born and grew up in South Korea. She has studied and graduated with a Bachelor of English Education and Business in Korea. She is certified to teach English in Korea and had taught students from preschool to public high school for over 10 years. She is ready to share her knowledge of Korean culture, tradition and food while teaching about the fundamentals of communicating in Korean. Andrea believes that having fun is an important part of acquiring a new language. Are you ready to  have a good time and get a firm grasp of the Korean language? She is available for classes in Vancouver.

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Chiemi Fuse, Japanese Teacher


Chiemi is a native Japanese speaker. She was born and grew up in Japan. She has studied and graduated Bachelor of General Studies and Minor in Early Childhood Education at Simon Fraser University. She had taught English in Japan

and Japanese language in Vancouver for many years. She has been one of the best language teacher at My Language Connect for last 5 years. Chiemi's strength is helping students learn and acquire Japanese langauge with a good understanding of Japanese culture, people, and langauge usage. She teaches students Japanese for letting them be able to speak the language as natural and authentic as possible in addition to basic grammatical linguistic aspects. She can have classes near Metrotown area if Coquitlam is too far for you.


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Jessica Chen, Mandarin Teacher


Jessica is a native Mandarin speaker. She was born and grew up in Taiwan. She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree and Taiwan Ministry of Education Certificate of Qualification to Teach Mandarin Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language. She also has advanced program certification of teaching Chinese as a Second Language from National Taiwan University and teacher training certification for HSK Preparation class.  She has 8 years’ experience of teaching and tutoring Mandarin for expat and their kids in a language school and international schools in Singapore. She has great passion in teaching Mandarin at different groups and ages. She likes to develop hands-on lessons for students to inspire them for learning Mandarin and fulfil their language learning objectives.

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Patricia Su Watkins, Mandarin Teacher


Patricia is a Native Mandarin speaker. She was born and grew up in Taiwan. She has obtained MBA degree, Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) certificate and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL) certificate. She has over 4 years of tutoring experience from Taiwan, Vancouver and Online. She has taught over 100 lessons online helping high school and middle school students pass their Chinese exams. She teaches her students clearly and professionally, improving their listening, reading and speaking. She also provides students with effective and descriptive feedback to guide their language progress. She also includes cultural content to enhance students' linguistic knowledge. Most importantly, she wants her students to have fun while learning Chinese!

Sophie Zihong Jiang, Mandarin Teacher


Sophie is a native Mandarin speaker. She was born and grew up in Shanghai, China.

She has studied and graduated Bachelor of Library Science. She also has Medium-level teaching proficiency of TCSOL certificate from Beijing Language and Culture Uniersity of People's Republic of China, Teacher of Chinese as a Foreign Language Certificate from Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China and Level 1 Certificate of Japanese Langauge Proficiency from Japan Foundation. She had taught Mandarin to adults at Shanghai Foreign Services Co.Ltd for 7 years and at Shanghai Foreign Langauge school in Shanghai for 2 years. She also taught Mandarin to elementary students at Grand River Chinese School in Waterloo, Ontario for 7 years. In addition, she has also  taught Mandarin at Language Training School in Richinmond for a year and a half. She has been also teaching at My Language Connect for last 4.5 years. She has long  experience in teaching Mandarin and really passionate about  teaching another language. She can have classes in Vancouver or Metrotown area if Coquitlam is too far for you.

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Tracy Wen, Mandarin Teacher


Tracy is a native Mandarin speaker. She grew up in Taiwan and came to Canada when she was 16 years old. She has graduated from British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has an English as a Second Language Certificate, Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) certificate and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL) certificate. She has taught Mandarin in several organizations for last 6 years and has tutoring experience from Taiwan, Vancouver and Online. She has great experiences in teaching Mandarin to all ages.  Tracy is patient and creative, she believes being a great teacher is to help students in different ways according to their interests and personalities. She loves Arts, sports and cooking.  Tracy is out going and eager, she is looking forward to creating a joyful journey with you on the path of learning Mandarin.

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Carissa Wong, Cantonese Teacher


Carissa is a native Cantonese speaker. She was raised in Hong Kong till the age of 16 before moving to Vancouver, Canada. She graduated from University of British Columbia with a double major in Japanese Language and Culture and Psychology. She had experience teaching Mandarin to elementary students in Stratford Hall in Vancouver and have been a Cantonese/English interpreter for clinical settings for the past two years. Her goal is to teach students to speak Cantonese as natural and native as possible. She is interested in languages, enjoys travelling, playing piano and dancing during her free time. She can have classes in Vancouver.

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Hamson Cheng, Cantonese Teacher


Hamson is a native Cantonese and English speaker. He was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Communication and Publishing. He also has a Teaching English to Foreign Learners (TEFL) Certificate from the University of Toronto, specializing in Teaching Business English and Teaching English to Young Learners. He lived and worked in Hong Kong and taught English there to students from preschool to high school. He also has been teaching Cantonese at My Language Connect for last 2.5 years. He enjoys travelling, meeting people, continued learning, and helping others improve their language proficiency.  He can have classes in Vancouver if Coquitlam is too far for you.

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Mary Ho, Cantonese Teacher


Mary's home town is the beautiful Malaysia where she grew up and spent adolescent before embarking to a tour around the world from Australia to China and now Canada. Her mother tongue includes Cantonese, Hakka, Mandarin and Malay. Though English is her second language, she found the essence encrypted within, thanks to her native voice. As Geoffrey Willans said "You can never understand one language until you understand at least two" She can have classes in Vancouver if Coquitlam is too far for you.

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Victor Bernovsky, French & ESL Teacher


Victor is a native English and French speaker, and is also fluent in Russian and Spanish.  He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Toronto and Vancouver. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is currently pursuing his PhD from the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France.  He also has a Professional TEFL certificate. He has over 13 years of teaching experience and has taught ESL and French in institutions and organizations in Canada, France and Spain, such as the W.I.S.E. Learning Centre and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, primary schools in Nice, France, secondary schools and Speaker’s Corner English Academy in Logroño, Spain, as well as IE University and Cum Laude Language Academy in Segovia, Spain. He has also worked as a translator in Vancouver, France and Spain, including at the Mare Nostrum Translation Agency in Montpellier, France.  He is a very passionate and dedicated teacher whose goal is to make sure his students fully realize their potential.  He is a lifelong learner who also enjoys travelling, outdoor activities, reading, and photography.

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Sabrina PÉRIARD, French Teacher


Sabrina is a native French speaker. She was born and raised in a francophone little town (less than a thousand) between Montréal and Gatineau/Ottawa.  She went to school in French and spoke French all her life .

She has Québec a DEC in Languages. In 2016, her passion for travelling made her take one of her biggest decisions ever. She moved to Alberta to be a french assistant language teacher in a little city, Whitecourt, for one year. Her job was to help students in French immersion (kindergarten to 9th grade) to improve their French. She really enjoyed that experience.  When she came back to Québec, she continued to build experiences teaching kindergarten to 10th grade. Then she moved to Vancouver in 2018 and has been teaching French at My Language Connect.  She is here to help you with your French! 🙂

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Tyler Graham, French Teacher


Tyler is a native French speaker. He learned French growing up in Montréal, Québec. He moved to the lower mainland after secondary school and spent a few years employed here in warehousing before going back to university to work toward becoming a high school French teacher. He was accepted into Concordia University’s French Literature program and so he headed back to La Belle Province with to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree. After another five years in Québec, he returned to the Lower Mainland to obtain his education degree from the University of British Columbia and was subsequently hired by and has been working for the Burnaby School Board as a teacher since 2017. In his free times he loves to play hockey, play music, and ride his motorcycle.

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Isadora Lélis, Portuguese Teacher

Isadora is a native Portuguese speaker. She was born in Brazil and grew up in Brasília, Brazil’s capital. She has a degree in Portuguese Language and Literature from UnB (University of Brasília). She has taught the Portuguese language in large schools in Brasília and has 5 years teaching experience in the Portuguese language. She has worked with students with varied ages, most of them between 11 and 30 years old. She is a creative and energetic person and is passionate about her profession. She uses new technology in her classes and likes to likes to personalize her class preparation for her students. She loves to sing (you can invite her to go to karaokê evening), dance and chat. She is available to teach in Coquitlam, Downtown and Burnaby.

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Daiana Lohn, Portuguese Teacher

Daiana is a native Portuguese speaker. She was born and raised in Brazil. She  graduated from UNIP (Brazil) with a degree in Portuguese and English. Since 2010, she has been working with students with different ages and needs. 

She consider herself as a passionate, welcoming and patient teacher. She always strives to help students to achieve their goals. She uses a communicative approach, which means that you'll start speaking since the first lesson. She is available to teach via Skype.


Stefania Mercolini, Italian Teacher & ESL Teacher

Stefania is a native Italian speaker. She was raised in Rome, Italy and moved to Canada two years ago.

Italian is her mother tongue, but she is also very fluent in English since her mother is Canadian and has

spoken to her in English since she was a child. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Economics and

Management in Rome. She worked in Italy as a teacher and tutor. She trained children, students and

adults for more than five years covering several subjects including Italian. She also taught English to

Italians, both in private and group classes. She personally organized, planned and managed English

group courses with programs and activities. She is able to use different teaching methods and

understand which approach could work best for each person. She had trained and taught for a long

time and she loves being able to pass on her knowledge to others. It is a big satisfaction for her to help

and see her students achieve their goals. She can teach classes in Coquitlam.

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Sandra Canchig, Spanish Teacher

Sandra is a native Spanish speaker. She was born and raised in Ecuador. Sandra has a diploma in teaching Spanish as a second language from IE Institute. She also has a bachelor degree in Hotel Management with a particular focus in tourism. She has taught students from all over the world with different ages and levels at several language schools such as Verbling, 121Spanish and Ecuspanish school. She has helped them with Spanish for business, medical, academic, job interviews, conversation classes and many other. She not only introduces her students to a new language but also to a new culture. Having lived and worked abroad, she has a rich understanding of people & cultures and  have excellent communication skills.  She is highly motivated and flexible.  In her free time, she enjoys photography, travelling, and reading. She teaches classes in Vancouver or Coquitlam.

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Fernando Torres Montoya, Spanish Teacher

Fernando is from Lima, Peru. He has more than six years' dedicated experience in teaching Spanish language lessons in Vancouver. He is very energetic and passionate about teaching his native language. 
His instruction includes relevant and interesting homework adjusted specifically to any level of Spanish. He has a great sense of humor as well! He is able to teach all Spanish levels, from basic to super advanced.  He has a degree in Law and has graduated from the Immigration program at the University of British Columbia. Fernando loves to talk about Latino Culture, tradition, history and music since he has a depth knowledge of creating an interactive atmosphere for students in order to expedite learning. He has excellent communication skills and regularly is invited to make presentations and speeches around the city.  When he is not teaching Spanish, he is playing the drums in his Latin music band. He can teach classes in Vancouver or Coquitlam.

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Sonia Leon, Spanish Teacher

Sonia is a Mexican native speaker, she was born in Mexico City. She is

a professional Spanish language teacher and tutor specialized in teaching

Spanish as a foreign language. She has experience in working with clients

and students of different nationalities.

She is patient, tactful and kind, with good sense of humour.

She brings to class new and innovative teaching methods and resources

through role play, games and problem-solving activities.

On each class she works with he elaboration of didactic material, short

stories in a wide range of situations, using her experience and knowledge

creating personalized lessons which specially address the needs and levels of

the course and of the student goal.


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Maria Renza, Spanish Teacher

Maria is a native Spanish speaker. Maria is from Colombia. She has a Diploma in teaching Spanish as a second Language from “Universidad del Valle”. Also, she has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Since 2016, she has been working as a Spanish Teacher with students from different backgrounds, ages and needs in Burnaby, Surrey and White Rock. She is passionate about helping students achieve their academic and personal goals related with her native language. She likes to dance Salsa music. She can teach classes in Coquitlam and via skype.


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Mahram Yazdani, German Teacher/ ESL Teacher/ Farsi Teacher

Mahram speaks three fluent languages: German, English and Farsi. He was born in Iran and went to a German school since he was a child where he learned German and English. He has a master's degree in German Didactics from Instructor training university in Tehran, a B.A. in English Translation from Tehran University. He also has a TESOL certificate to teach English language. Before moving to Canada, he worked as a certified translator and a language teacher in Iran and Germany for several years.  He also gained experiences in training new language teachers and developing written and oral exams. In Canada, he taught at three different German schools including Surrey German School and Kwantlen University for 11 years. He also has an experience teaching ESL at Vancouver Lincoln College in Coquitlam for 8 years. He has a unique way of engage and bring out confidence in students when it comes to speaking a second language. He has passion to help students experience the real joy of language learning progress.

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Robert Everitt, ESL Teacher

Robert is a native English speaker. He tutours the International English Language Testing System  (IELTS) that is a mandatory requirement for anyone wanting to work or study in Canada. In his 7 years experience as an IELTS instructor, he has helped hundreds of students to study abroad in Canada, Australian and England. He holds a degree in English Literature from Simon Fraser University, an international TEFL Diploma and an IELTS certification from the British Council in England. He has lectured at several universities in Korea and Vietnam and has had great success coaching students for American and Canadian immigration entrance interviews. He has taught in 7 countries and has broad teaching experience in TOIEC, TOEFL, SAT and conversational English. Robert's corporate clients include Nike, Merck Pharesuticals, Vietnamese Children's Hospital and Ford Motor Company. In his spare time, Robert is an enthusiastic traveller having visited more than 35 countries: his passions are foreign cultures, cuisines and meeting new people. 

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Ridab S. Wahsheh, Arabic Teacher

Ridab is a native Arabic speaker.  She was born and grew up in Amman, Jordan.  She had a bachelor’s degree in English and Italian Languages in University of Jordan. She moved to Vancouver in 2016 and had a master’s degree in educational leadership from University of British Columbia. Also, she had an English as a Second Language Certificate from University of British Columbia. She taught juniors and adults English in several schools in Amman for nine years. After moving to Canada, she taught Arabic language to senior students. She loves meeting and communicating with people from different backgrounds, teaching and sharing knowledge of Arabic. She loves travelling and discovering new places and cultures. Photography is her passion. She can have classes in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey and Burnaby.

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Rodel Nacion, Filipino (Tagalog) Teacher

Mabuhay! Rodel is a native (Tagalog) Filipino language speaker and also fluent in the English language. He was born and grew up in the Philippines. Rodel earned his degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Social Studies and spent almost 10 years teaching in the Philippines to elementary and high school students where (Tagalog) Filipino and English is the medium of instruction. Rodel is passionate about interacting with people of different cultures and believes that language shapes the way we think.  After he moved to Canada he earned his certificate in TEFL/TESOL at the Canadian College of Linguistics in Vancouver and continuously pursued his education.  When he isn't glued to a computer screen, Rodel loves being a chef in his kitchen, enjoys hiking and traveling, reading books and on a spare time watching movies.

Rodel can have classes in Coquitlam, Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster.

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Dimple Manku, Punjabi Teacher

Dimple is a native Punjabi speaker. She was born in Punjab, India. She has 10 years of dedicated experience in teaching Punjabi language. She can teach all levels of Punjabi from basic to advanced. She is very passionate about teaching and has attended various seminars and awareness programs to improve the quality of her teaching. She is a caring person and understands the needs and goals of students. She likes to prepare learning material according to the needs of her students as well. In addition, she always tries to make learning comfortable for her students as well. She really enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge of Punjabi.

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