ANNOUNCEMENT: Most spring 2021 classes will once again be offered online/remotely. Learn more about the spring 2021 semester.

College Preparatory ESL - Meet the Faculty and Instructors

Full-time Faculty

Kate Noon-Ulvila, Faculty, ESL Kate Noon-Ulvila
Noon-Ulvila joined CCA in Fall 2014 and primary teaches the Advanced Academic ESL classes. She has taught all levels of ESL from pre-literate students to college-level students. She also has a specialty in designing and teaching ESL Healthcare programs and has taught in several co-teaching models including I-BEST. Prior to teaching at CCA, she taught as both an adjunct and full time instructor at Highline College, just outside of Seattle, for 10 years. She also worked for the Refugee Women’s Alliance, a Seattle non-profit that provides ESL, counseling, case management, and resource services as well as vocational training. Her educational background includes a master’s from Seattle University in Adult Education, specializing in Teaching English Students of Other Languages (TESOL), and a BFA in Film Studies from the University of Colorado.

Daniel Schweissing, Faculty, ESL, CCA

Daniel Schweissing
An adjunct at CCA since Jan. 2010 and a full-time faculty starting in Fall 2015, Schweissing brings nearly 25 years of teaching experience in ESL, GED instruction and Theology/Religious Studies.  Schweissing began tutoring ESL students as an undergraduate student at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and continued as a conversational English instructor for Japanese students after graduation. He spent two years in the Dominican Republic as a volunteer ESL instructor, and 31/2 years teaching the subject in Puerto Rico while working on his master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language at InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico at San Germán, He then periodicially taught ESL during a nine-year stay in the Bahamas. In 2009, he returned to the United States and began supervising a tutoring/homework program for Karen refugees in Northwest Aurora. Schweissing is higher-ed special interest group chair for the state’s TESOL organization. He has a master’s in Urban and Intercultural Ministries from Denver Seminary.

Adjunct Instructors



Jayni BreauxJayni Breaux
During her graduate program, Breaux’s focus was on composition, rhetoric theory, and teaching English as a second language. In her undergraduate degree studies, she focused on literature and writing. She was a paralegal for almost 20 years before becoming a teacher. She teaches both community and college-level English as a Second Language. Online, she teaches English Composition 121 and literature classes. She likes to read, run, and spend time at her mountain cabin in the summer.



Sarah Dahleh
Dahleh was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. She earned her Master’s Degree in Linguistically Diverse Education, with an emphasis in adult ESL in 2012. After graduation, she moved to Saudi Arabia for a job opportunity. There she taught elementary students and college-level students English as a Second Language for five years. Teaching has been her passion since she was very young. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and making a difference in people’s lives. Of CCA, Dahleh says that it is an honour to be in this role. She is also compassionate about helping students succeed and creating a positive classroom environment where students feel comfortable. Outside of classes, she tutors students in a variety of levels. She helps them with writing and grammar. She also enjoys conversing with students and with the people around her. "I am really happy to be a part of CCA because I am always surrounded by supportive and loving staff and colleagues," Dahleh writes. In her free time, she enjoys baking, walking,  reading, and spending time with family.  



Ayse Durmus
With the educational background of a bachelor degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and a TESOL certificate from British Council, Durmus has taught ESL for over 10 years in various countries including Turkey and Hong Kong. According to her, teaching and inspiring co-exist so she aims to help her students succeed in the very best way. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer for intercultural activities and learn more about cultures of the world.





John D. Eichenour
Eichenour began teaching at CCA in the Fall of 2008 in the Community ESL Program at the Lowry Campus. He currently teaches Basic Grammar and Intermediate Reading. He has taught ESL in Costa Rica and spent two years teaching in Veracruz Mexico before returning to Denver. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado State University and a Masters in TESOL from Marlboro College. Eichenour is a music student in clarinet and saxophone. Being a Colorado native, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, cycling and skiing in the Colorado Mountains. Urban farming and partner dancing also take up much of his time.


Brenda Fox
Brenda Fox has been an adjunct instructor at the Community College of Aurora since 2007. She has taught for the last 30 years and has a passion for helping students succeed in life. She holds six degrees including a master's in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages).  She is a polyglot and speaks Spanish, French, and a little of several other languages. She likes the outdoor and in her spare time, she can be found hiking, walking her dogs, or gardening.





Lena KarabushinYelena Karabushin
Karabushin has taught ESL courses at the Community College of Aurora for five years. She is the Lead Reading Instructor, but teaches all levels and content, with Grammar being her favorite. Lena came to CCA from Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning where she taught intensive pre-employment and workplace ESL programs for adult refugees for eleven years. She is also a freelance photographer. Her educational background includes a B.A. degree in English Writing and M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado in Denver. Lena is fluent in Russian, her native language, and French. She loves travel, cooking, theater, and reading.




Amanda Meier
Amanda Meier was born in Denver, Colorado, but lived in Somalia and Bangladesh as a child.She holds a Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Columbia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Mandarin Chinese from the University of Colorado Boulder. Before becoming a teacher, Amanda was a Chinese-English translator and worked on political campaigns around the US. After leaving politics in 2011, Amanda moved to China, where she discovered her passion for teaching. Prior to joining CCA, Amanda taught composition, reading, and TOEFL preparation at several universities in New York City. Missing the mountains and wanting to be closer to family, Amanda moved back to Colorado in the summer of 2018. She currently teaches Advanced Composition for CCA. Amanda speaks Mandarin Chinese, Khmer (Cambodian), and is learning Spanish. She is an avid cook, loves reading science fiction, and plays tennis competitively.


Mary PelletierMary Pellettier
Pellettier joined the Community College of Aurora in 2003 as an English as a Second Language instructor, first in the Community ESL Program on the Lowry campus and then in the College Preparatory English Program on the CentreTech Campus. Her prior educational experience included three years as a volunteer ESL teacher for non-profit organizations in Denver while working full-time in another profession. Pellettier has taught courses in all four ESL skill areas, grammar, composition, reading, and listening and speaking, with a current focus on Basic Composition, Intermediate Grammar, and Advanced Listening and Speaking. Her academic credentials include a bachelors’ degree in English literature from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado Denver, and a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages, also from CU-Denver. She has attended intensive Spanish language schools in Costa Rica and Mexico and studied French for five years in high school and college.




Suzanne SaenzSuzanne Saenz
Saenz has worked with English-language learners long before she made it her profession more than 17 years ago. Her experiences include informal and formal tutoring, designing and delivering English language lessons, conducting cross-cultural workshops, managing a pre-employment training program, and creating intensive English programs for international students and professionals. Currently she teaches a writing and a grammar class at CCA where her students enthrall her with stories of their own through the writing assignments. She loves traveling, being a student herself, and participating in interesting conversations with family, friends, and colleagues.


Kristina Stutler
Kristina Stutler is now a Denver-based teacher. Kristina has been teaching Russian and other subjects since 2000 and English as a Second Language since 2010. She works with adults and children and tailors her classes to the needs of her students. She loves making students laugh and learn through a relaxing atmosphere. Kristina taught at various large universities and colleges in California, Hawaii, and Colorado. Her passion is seeing her students grow and learn new concepts. She speaks fluent Russian, just a bit of German, and some Japanese. Kristina holds a Master's in TESOL from the University of California San Diego and two Bachelor's degreees in Business and Political Science from University of Arizona.


Apply NowGet Info



Main Menu