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Faculty and Staff

Erin Taylor

Erin Taylor

Academic Director
Erin's Bio
Academic Director
Erin has been working with English language learners for over 15 years.  Her interests include linguistics, independent learning, technology, science, nature, and traveling. She joined the team as academic director in 2017.
Education
UMASS Boston

  • University of Massachusetts, Boston – M.A. Applied Linguistics
  • Cal State Fullerton – B.S. Linguistics

Prior to completing her graduate degrees, she completed a TEFL certificate and a year of K-12 teacher training.

Katie Winstanley

Katie Winstanley

Associate Director
Katie's Bio
Associate Director
Katie is an expert in student visa applications.  She is authorized to issue I-20 Forms for students who need F-1 student visas.  When you visit us, Katie will be your guide at HOFT Institute!
Marta Pelrine-Bacon

Marta Pelrine-Bacon

Senior Instructor
Marta's Bio
Senior Teacher

Marta is a Senior Teacher at HOFT Insitute with 25 years of teaching experience.  Before she came to HOFT, she worked for the United States Peace Corps in Bulgaria. Marta is also an artist and a published author.

Education
Kent State University

  • Kent State University – M.A. English
  • Indiana State University – B.A. English

Brian Bean

Brian Bean

Senior Instructor
Brian's Bio
Senior Instructor

Brian has been teaching at HOFT for 10 years and working in education for 20 years.  He is also a talented musician.

Education
University of Missouri

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City – B.A. Liberal Arts

Gala Arendell

Gala Arendell

Instructor
Gala's Bio
Instructor

Gala has been with HOFT for 4 years.  Prior to coming to HOFT, she worked as a translator and instructor in Ecuador.  Her clients included United Nations personnel, government agencies, multi-national companies, and diplomat training programs.  Gala is also passionate about health and fitness.

Education
University of North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville – B.A. Psychology
  • Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton – European Languages, Linguistics and International Studies

Mariah Lane

Mariah Lane

Instructor
Mariah's Bio
Instructor

Mariah has been with HOFT for 4 years.  Prior to joining HOFT, she worked in Mexico as an instructor and curriculum developer.   She regularly volunteers both in Austin and abroad.

Education
Indiana University

  • Indiana University – M.A. Second Language Studies
  • University of Texas, Austin – B.A. Linguistics

Patrick Cardenas

Patrick Cardenas

Instructor
Patrick's Bio
Instructor

Patrick is a new teacher at HOFT.  He has been teaching for over 10 years.  Patrick has also been a valuable volunteer for the refugee community.

Education
Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Virginia Commonwealth University – B.A. English

Alexis Garcia

Alexis Garcia

Instructor
Alexis' Bio
Instructor

Alexis is a new HOFT instructor.  Prior to joining us at HOFT, she taught English in universities in Saudi Arabia.  She also served in the United States Air Force.

 

Education
Texas State University

  • Texas State University – B.A. International Studies

Alexis earned a CELTA certification from Cambridge University.

 

All HOFT Institute ESL program faculty have earned either a Masters degree or ESL specialization. They have been selected for their excellent interpersonal and communication skills and understand the individual needs and cultural backgrounds of international students, allowing them to build genuine relationships with our students.