Our English Tutors

Sandra MacLeod Koop

MA TESOL; MS Education; TESOL & MITESOL Membership

  • English Tutor for over 30 years, public and private schools, all levels
  • Free lance writer
  • Motivational speaker
  • ESL consultant since 2000
  • Educator-training presenter
  • International English consulting trips to Colombia and Pakistan
  • Educational consultant for X Master, Shanghai, China
  • Advisory Board, YOUMAY. USA  for immigrant Chinese women
  • Online teacher and presenter
  • Mother of three; Grandmother of four

Susan Stephens

TESOL Certified; MITESOL Membership; Associate in Science Degree

  • ESL English Tutor since 2006
  • K-12 educator/private tutor since 1989
  • International adoptive parent
  • Interpretive natural history educator 1974-1987
  • Associate degree, Michigan Technological University
  • Wildlife research assistant, MTU
  • Online tutor
  • Grandmother of 1

Kathy DePree

  • ACT Test prep English Tutor
  • SAT test preparation courses
  • RN


Tsune Kawakita

  • MS in Chemical Engineering  University of British Columbia/Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • MS in Engineering & Material Science
  • Dow Chemical Co.  30yrs. (retired)
  • United Nations Development Programme Consultant Volunteer
  • Business English Specialist
  • Facilitator for KWE  and Great Discussions groups


Randi Kawakita

  • MA in Education
  • American History teacher (retired) Midland Public Schools
  • Japanese Language Instructor
  • Midland Historical Society—board member
  • Online American History tutor


Karen Grohol

  • Tutor for Conversational Modern Languages
  • Portuguese, Italian, German, Spanish, Czech,& French
  • Education
  • BS in Psychology & Business Administration from University of Vermont
  • Courses in Law, Language, Education and International Business Law from Harvard & University of Wyoming
  • Official translation of legal documents
  • Relocation consultant
  • Foreign Language teacher
  • Midland International Women’s Club

Charlene Bartholomew

  • TESOL Certificate Saginaw Valley State University
  • BA General Studies Eastern Kentucky University
  • AA Interpreting for the Deaf Eastern Kentucky University
  • MITESOL member
  • ESL Instructor/Tutor since 2015
  • Substitute Teacher 2011-2014
  • Interpreter for the Deaf 1994-2011
  • Hobbies: cooking, walking, and kayaking
  • Married, 3 children, 5 grandchildren

Mary Klaus

  • MA TESOL (Master’s of Teaching English as a Second Language)
  • BS Child and Family Development
  • Current research and writing in Second Language Reading Acquisition
  • Additional Language/Literacy Training

Professional Experience

  • ESL Specialist at Saginaw Valley State University for 9 years
  • ESL Instructor at Northwood University for 3 years
  • Freshman Writing Instructor, Saginaw Valley State University for 2 years
  • Frequent TESOL conference presentations – MITESOL, The Lilly Conference, National Geographic Symposium, Southeast Regional TESOL

Kathryn (Kitty) Myers

  • BA  English & Government from Oberlin College, Ohio
  • MA  Teaching from New Mexico State University, Las Cruses, NM
  • Intensive English Language Program Instructor, Montana State University,  Billings, MT
  • Writing Instructor Montana State University, Billings, MT
  • Intensive English Program Instructor, Northwood University, Midland, MI


Thai tutors in Bangkok

Karen Indehar and two Thai tutors. Karen Indehar was born in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. as a teenager. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. with a B.S. degree in Home Economics and Business. She has a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from Cebu Graduate School of Theology, Cebu, Philippines. Before coming to Bangkok in 2005, she was a home-school mother
(From the Santisuk English Center website)

Karen employs two native Thai helpers.

Noy has been Karen’s primary Thai tutor and cultural informant since 2006.
This gifted teacher is a motorcycle taxi driver during the day and then
tutors at night and on weekends. He has 4 private students and continues to
advise and coach Karen in Thai language. Noy speaks 3 separate languages and
3 dialects of Thai with fluency.

Gong has a BA in English and is employed teaching basic English to Thai


TESOL is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages . It’s both an academic field of study and degree (MA) and international professional organization of English teachers.

MITESOL is the Michigan (MI) branch of the professional organization of TESOL

ABA is Associate Bachelor of Arts

MA is Master of Arts

MS is Master of Science

ESL is English as a Second Language