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!
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!
Academic Program Assistant & Instructor
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
Aloha! I come from the snowy Great Lakes state of Michigan, where I spoke French. After studying geology at university (You can ask me about volcanoes!), I traveled all over the world. I've lived in a tent in the New Mexico desert and a cabin in the Rocky Mountains. I lived in Saigon, Vietnam where I taught English for 9 years. While I was in Vietnam, I learned to speak Vietnamese and to play guitar and some traditional Vietnamese folk instruments. Then I moved to California where I managed the education department of a Vietnamese cultural center and learned to play ukulele. Finally, I moved to Hawai'i, where I'm still teaching English, learning languages, and playing music.