Meet our Instructors in the English Language Learner Department


    For the past twelve years, Kathy has taught ELL at Acalanes Adult Education at the beginning and intermediate levels. After studying Russian, Italian, French, and Spanish at the University of Washington and receiving her degree, she joined the airline industry. Having traveled to nearly 100 countries and with a career as an international marketing and sales manager for Thai Airways, Air India, Icelandic, and Mexicana, she has also translated and written content for foreign hotel groups, travel books, and tour operators. She has written and taught training courses for the airline and tourism industries, her passion for languages, teaching, and worldwide cultures have all contributed to her enthusiasm for teaching ELL. She understands the trepidation that having to learn a second language can cause when having to survive and work in another country.


    I love being in school, learning different things, teaching adults, and teaching English! I have a B.A. in English, TESL certification, and an M.A. in TESL. I started teaching high school English but transitioned to teaching adult ELLs about 12 years ago. I live in Orinda with mom, my middle sister and her husband, and our dog Olive (a Yorkshire Terrier). I enjoy watching British TV shows, international detective series, The Amazing Race, and most everything on PBS. In my free time, I like to read, travel, and surf the internet. I look forward to working with all of you and helping you improve your English!


    Aase (pronounced OC) Schoen grew up on a farm in Denmark. The village had 1 teacher and 40 students, where Aase attended school every second day for 7 years. School ended for everyone when they were 14 years old. Aase begged her father to let her continue school in the big city and her father eventually agreed. Aase loved studying sciences, but her English teacher told her, "You will never learn English."


    Aase started traveling to nearby countries and today, she has lived in or visited 86 countries. After she became a teacher in Denmark, she immigrated to America. She studied Sociology at UC Berkeley, taught math and science at Berkeley and Acalanes High Schools. The last 14 years, she has taught ELL at Acalanes Adult Education. She has enjoyed teaching all these years, but never has she enjoyed the students as much as right here at Acalanes Adult Education.