Our Staff

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Peter Hauge

Executive Director

Peter helped found ALPS in 1992 and has worked here ever since. His favorite thing about working at ALPS is meeting students from around the world and doing his best to provide a learning atmosphere where every student gains something useful from being here and where every student feels welcome. He loves teaching English and treasures every opportunity to be in the classroom. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, messing about on boats of any kind, skiing and DIY home improvements.

Kerry Philben

Director of Admissions

Kerry started working at ALPS in 2018. She is originally from Redding, California. Her favorite thing about teaching English is hearing students' interesting opinions and experiences in speaking classes. In her spare time she enjoys playing the bassoon, reading long Russian novels, and brewing beer.

Deleasha Vincent

Manager of Student Affairs / Instructor

Deleasha started at ALPS in 2019. She grew up in Canada, and has lived in Seattle for the last 10 years. She loves meeting people from different cultures and listening to their stories. Her favorite part of teaching is helping her students achieve their goals. Outside of school, Deleasha enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with friends. Fun fact: When Deleasha eats M&M’s, she sorts them by color and always eats the blue ones first!

Audra Lord

Academic Director / Instructor

Audra Lord has been the Academic Director of ALPS since 2017. She has taught English in New Zealand, Thailand and the United States (Seattle Colleges, Columbia University's American Languages Program, and more). At ALPS, Audra has enjoyed designing new classes and serving as the lead instructor of the Airline Internship Program. Her interests include theatre, creative writing, language learning (Spanish and French), cooking, and international travel.

Phil Herter


Phil has been teaching English at ALPS for seven years, as well as teaching in Turkey and Lithuania. On his time off he likes to hike, ski, bike and spend time restoring a 100-year-old house. He also volunteers in Seattle Public Schools and does trail maintenance with Washington Trails Association. He likes teaching because it gives him the chance to help others.

Nicole Dade


After teaching in Spain, Vietnam, and Japan, Nicole is happy to be back home in Seattle. She has been at ALPS since 2019. Her favorite thing about teaching English is learning about her students’ lives and helping them gain confidence speaking English outside of the classroom. When Nicole is not teaching, she is probably hiking, kayaking or swimming.

Kevin O'Connor


Kevin is happy to be teaching at ALPS! He has been a university and college English teacher in Seattle for over twenty years. Being curious, sharing interests and talking about what's going on makes for great learning! Outside the classroom, Teacher Kevin / KO plays the trumpet as well as dance music with the Yaamba African Marimba ensemble. He also enjoys local pubs and coffee and tea cafes and likes to garden and hike in the great Northwest!

Kalie Adams


Kalie Adams grew up on a farm in Walla Walla, Washington, and made her way to Seattle in 2016 to teach English! She enjoys reading, houseplants, and the color yellow. One day, she hopes to own a pig that lives in the house.

Suzanne Tierney


Suzanne is a native English speaker who speaks fluent Spanish. Her 30-year career in academia includes 20 years at the University of Delaware and 10 years in Seattle, most recently at the University of Washington. She has taught students at all levels of Spanish and ESL, from CEOs of international corporations to children in rural Latino communities. In her free time, she enjoys sea kayaking, yoga and Scuba diving. She loves teaching English because it opens the doors for students of all ages and in all careers.

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