Staff and Faculty


Gonzalo Isidro Bruno
Director of Studies & Accreditation Coordinator

Aloha! My name is Gonzalo and I am originally from Mexico City. I have a Doctorate in Language Education and a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from Indiana University. I started teaching English and Spanish in 1984. I moved to Waikiki in 2014 because I started year-long training for triathlons and Stand Up Paddle boarding. I have conducted research and published on cognitive language learning strategies, reading, and multilingualism. I enjoy working at CPC because the students are extremely self-motivated and eager to expand their worldview. If you would like assistance with any academic goal or objective, please let me know and I will be more than happy to provide support to you!

Yuka Nishimoto
Managing Director & Instructor

Aloha, my name is Yuka and I am originally from Kyoto, Japan. After receiving my BA degree in English Literature, I spent the next four years teaching English to junior high and high school students. I then traveled to Hawaii where I received my MA degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I have spent the last six years teaching English and Japanese to adult learners. My favorite skill to teach is grammar, although I love teaching all skills! I am responsible for the overall management of the school, and if you have any questions regarding admissions, student services and/or academics, please feel free to ask me!

Reynold Kajiwara
Academic Program Assistant & Instructor

Aloha! I'm Reynold and I'm from Waipahu, Hawaii and received a BA in both Japanese and Second Language Studies. I love to teach grammar and other various skills. When I have free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, karaoke, traveling, reading, and playing video game. I really look forward to meeting everyone! If you have any questions regarding Placement/Exit Testing, Attendance, Textbooks, Activities, and other things Academic, please feel free to ask me!

Reid Nakaichi
Admissions Representative

Aloha everyone! I'm Reid and I’m from Honolulu, Hawaii. I graduated from Kapiolani Community College and have certificates in front office management. My favorite food is Pho. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, travelling, and playing video games.


Kristen Urada
Aloha my name is Kristen and I was born and raised here in Hawaii. I graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor’s in Biology, Japanese, and Second Language Studies. I have two dogs and I love animals. Some of my favorite hobbies include traveling, shopping, eating, reading, and playing with my dogs. I love teaching English and doing language exchange!

Emily Laina Jones
Aloha! My name is Emily and I am originally from Montana in the northwest of the United States. After receiving my B.S. degree in Journalism in Boston, I spent two years in Seattle before moving to Taiwan. I spent two and a half years teaching English in Kaohsiung, Taiwan before traveling to Australia for a working holiday. I love teaching reading and speaking! I enjoy hiking, biking and snorkeling around the beautiful island of Oahu. My free time at home is usually spent finding new recipes to cook or watching movies. Languages spoken: English, beginner Mandarin and Spanish.

Andrea Kalwara
Aloha! My name is Andrea Kalwara. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and Linguistics and a Certificate in teaching ESL from Simon Fraser University in Canada. I have been teaching English as a second language for about 7 years and have taught in Canada, China, and the United States. I love teaching and motivating students to achieve their best results. I enjoy living in different countries, and so far, I lived in six (you can ask me which ones:)). I am excited to teach at CPC and help students to achieve their language dreams!

Rachel Jun
Aloha! My name is Rachel and I am from Korea. I have received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Second Language Studies from University of Hawaii at Manoa. I have been teaching both English and Korean in various places since 2012. I like singing and creating fun activities for language teaching! I believe learning can be fun and I hope your experience in my class will be an enjoyable one.

Catherine Gardiner
Aloha! I'm Catherine and I was born and raised on the island of Oahu. Because I love learning languages, I majored in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii. I have taught English in both Hawaii and Spain. When I'm not teaching or preparing for classes, I enjoy journaling in my hammock or enjoying the outdoors especially swimming at the beach and hiking in the mountains.

Tiare Niland
Aloha! My name is Tiaré and I was born and raised in Honolulu. I received my BA in Second Language Studies as well as a certificate in French Language at the University of Hawaii at Manoa before completing the MA in TESOL Program at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. As someone who also enjoys learning about foreign language and culture, I really enjoy being an ESL teacher. So far, I've taught English in Honolulu, Boston, and at colleges and universities in Japan. When I'm not in the classroom, my hobbies and interests include art, music, travel, cuisine, and hula.

Katherine Tatlonghari
Kumusta! My name is Kathy, your English language teacher who loves food, traveling, and photography. I am a recent CELTA graduate who has two Bachelor’s Degrees in Second Language Studies and History with a focus in Asia/Pacific. I’m very happy to be of service and would love a chance to meet you all. Fun Fact: English is my second language. Can you guess which country I’m from?

Kim Muzzi
Hola! My name is Kim and I am bilingual. I speak English + Spanish. I grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and later on moved to Middletown, New Jersey. In college, I studied Spanish Literature and Animal Science. I have earned a Masters of Education degree in Second Language Acquisition and have lived in Hawaii for 20 years. I enjoy teaching and learn a lot from my students. As I am teaching them, they are teaching me.

Brett Russell
Aloha! My name is Brett Russell and I am from California. I have a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Houston in Houston, TX and a CELTA from Teaching House, Washington D.C. Before moving to Hawaii, I taught ESL in Hanoi, Vietnam for three years. I have pilot licenses in airplanes and helicopters. Although I love to fly, my passion is teaching. My goal is to create a classroom experience that is both educational and a lot of fun. I hope to see you in my class!

Aloha And Welcome!

CPC is located at 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 740 Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 791-7800
Fax: (808) 791-7804

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