English Language Program Faculty

Christine Knorr, MA TESOL and French
Academic Director, Washington Academy of Languages

As a bi-national and native speaker of French and English, Christine Knorr was exposed to both US and French cultures and has a deep appreciation for both. She obstained an AA Degree at the University of Maryland where she studied in Munich, Germany and later completed her Bachelor of Arts in Education at Western Washington University.  After having taught in France and in the US for several years, she obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT.  For over twenty years, Christine has taught both French and English to a broad range of students: business professionals, refugees and immigrants, international students, and children. Christine has been a teacher trainer and a school director at several language schools: American Cultural Exchange, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, French-American School of Puget Sound, and more recently, CityU’s English Language Programs at WAL.  She currently focuses her attention on curriculum development, online instructional design, and effective ways of improving language instruction.

Hideki Aikoh, BA TESOL

Hideki specializes in working with beginning English language learners in the Intensive English Program.  He completed his graduate work in TESOL at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont where he also taught.  He has been teaching since 1991.

Elinora (Jane) Cater, MA

Having lived many years as a foreigner herself, Jane is acutely interested in helping others fill in the gaps that often affect those who have finished formal language training and are beginning to study, work, and live in their second language. She is pleased to be working at WAL and with City University’s MBA program where her business, teaching, and performing backgrounds can contribute to that purpose.

Hongying Douglas, MA, MBA

Hongying’s MA in Education focused on language and literacy. She taught English for several years at the University of Arizona before returning to school to earn her MBA at the University of Colorado. She resettled in Seattle where she returned to teaching English. Her English teaching career spans more than 20 years. She has taught in the Intensive English Program, Graduate Teacher Education Program, and Language Assisted MBA. Hongying loves animals and enjoys reading biographies.

Harvey Duncan II, M.S TESOL

Harvey has been teaching English language since 2008 after earning his TEFL certificate from UCSD. After teaching abroad in Taiwan and Turkey for 8 years, Harvey returned to the U.S to continue his education, earning a M.S in TESOL. Harvey also holds a B.A in History, with minors in the German language and aviation. At WAL, Harvey teaches ELP and AMBA courses, and also contributes as an associate faculty member for the School of Arts and Sciences. In his free time, Harvey enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and SCUBA diving around the world.

Rachel Peterson, MS TOM

Rachel’s first experience in teaching was in 1989, when she received certification to be a teaching assistant for San Diego City Schools, where she worked with ESL students and mentally/physically disabled students. After moving to Seattle in 2003, she has worked with English learners of all ages, focusing on verbal/writing skills and English language test preparation. However, she also enjoy teaching public speaking techniques and creative writing. Her education includes English literature, creative writing, film, and alternative medicine. She has a Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College in San Diego. Her experiences in the business world, the health industry and the classroom have given her a toolbox with which to assist students in their language and move towards success in their own career paths. In her free time, she studies traditional Chinese martial arts, takes part in creative writing projects and continues her education in night/weekend classes.

Sterling Smucker, MBA, TESOL Certificate

Sterling has many years of experience teaching English in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain. He has taught at several schools, including The American Institute in Barcelona, Brandon College in San Francisco, Harvard University in Cambridge, and The Mexican/North-American Institute in Guadalajara.  He earned an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management which led to his international work at Motorola and Nokia in their Latin American departments, so he brings a great deal of professional work experience to the classroom.

Ewa Krawczyk, PhD, Bilingual Education/TESOL and MA, Applied Linguistics

Ewa joined WAL at CityU in summer of 2019. Originally from Poland, she moved to the US twenty years ago and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics, both from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She also holds PhD from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Ewa’s interests include multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice issues.  She has focused on immigration issues and policies, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and second language acquisition. Ewa has worked in a variety of locations where most recently she taught developmental English at the College of the Marshall Islands in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of Marshall Islands, South Pacific and English to immigrants and refugees at Literacy Source in Seattle.

Dorothy Orme, MA

Dorothy was born in Argentina and moved to Germany when she was five.  She received her formal education in Germany, including studies at Freiburg University.  Having taught German, English, Developmental English and ESL for many years on the East Coast, she has gained experience in a variety of venues, including government, academia, private industry and public schools.  Dorothy received her Master’s degree at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts.  In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and the visual and performing arts.