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 / 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.

Terry Gilioli


Terry first worked at ALPS from 1995 to 1999. In recent years, she has taught at ALPS while living in Seattle for the summers. Terry has lived much of her adult life in Italy, where she has taught English language learners of all ages. She learned Italian as an adult, so she understands the challenges and rewards of learning another language and enjoys helping her students feel comfortable communicating in English. Terry loves spending time with her family and friends, and travelling whenever possible.

Grace Gannon


A Seattle native, Grace started teaching at ALPS in 2022. Prior to that, she taught English in Santiago, Chile, where she experienced more minor earthquakes than instances of rain in the three years she lived there. She loves the cultural exchange and shared moments of connection that happen in an ESL classroom. In her free time, she likes to run, watch foreign language movies, and keep up her Kindle reading streak.

Andy Nicks


Andy grew up in Poulsbo, Washington. He has spent most of his life in the Puget Sound area and loves it here. He taught English in Taiwan for four years and moved back to Seattle in 2019. He started teaching at ALPS in 2021. His favorite things about teaching English are seeing students improve and hearing their opinions and stories. Outside of school, he enjoys snowboarding, watching movies, writing screenplays, reading nonfiction, and camping.

Anna Hart


Anna started teaching at ALPS in 2021. She grew up in Seattle, lived in Turkmenistan for a year and then in northern Cyprus for about four years. She loves connecting with people from all over the world and helping people communicate in English well. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, music, and long deep conversations.

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Nancy Garvey


Nancy moved to Washington in Summer of 2019 from the Bay Area and started teaching at ALPS in Summer 2021. She speaks both French and Spanish and understands the challenges of learning a new language. She hopes to learn one more new language. She loves working with language learners because she enjoys helping students adapt to the United States as well as learning about different cultures. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends, reading, dancing, and traveling.

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Kristyn Ellis


Kristyn started teaching at ALPS in 2021. Before starting at ALPS, she taught English in Florida for 5 years. She enjoys learning about new cultures and helping students improve their speaking. In her free time, she likes to read and spend time outdoors.

Jenn Martin


Jenn has been working at ALPS since 2022 and has been teaching English for more than 5 years. She loves teaching English and helping students achieve their goals. In their free time, Jenn rock climbs, hikes, and enjoys working on art.

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