James is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at The Citadel, The Military Institute of South Carolina. During his undergraduate studies, James became TEFL/TESOL certified and shortly thereafter began teaching in the Hickory City public school system and at Catawba Valley Community College. James’s teaching philosophy highlights the importance of bringing a lot of energy to the classroom. He’s also noted for encouraging discussions on diverse themes as a means to keep classes interesting, and pushing students to learn more than just the English language.
Elisa is a CELTA qualified English teacher from Perth, Western Australia. She graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in music performance (jazz) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). After years of teaching and playing music in WA, Elisa’s love for travel took her to Torino, Italy. Here, she began her career teaching ESL, focusing on business English and exam preparation. After spending two years working in Dili, East Timor, where she was Assistant Director at the country's leading English language school, Elisa decided to settle in Zagreb, Croatia. She specializes in teaching for specific needs and training students for IELTS, TOEFL, and SAT exams.
Nataša Dimitrijević, magistra kroatistike i lingvistike, diplomirala je na Filozofskom fakultetu u Zagrebu 2012. godine, a iste je godine upisala Poslijediplomski doktorski studij lingvistike. Stekla je iskustvo u radu sa studentima kojima hrvatski nije materinski jezik radeći dvije godine kao stručna suradnica u Croaticumu – Centru za hrvatski kao drugi i strani jezik na Filozofskom fakultetu u Zagrebu.
Born to Greek parents, Alexandra Chioureas was raised in Calgary, Alberta. She recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Mount Royal University as well as a TEFL/TESOL certification. Alexandra has been teaching for several years to various age groups. With a background in psychology, she is able to help students overcome learning struggles. She recognizes that students learn in different ways, therefore customizes each lesson for the best outcome. By applying lessons to everyday life, she makes learning realistic and enjoyable. Alex is currently back home in Canada, but she's expected back in Zagreb in early 2017.
In 2010, Brett co-founded the American Institute with the lofty goal of bringing the American education system closer to Croatia. In addition to his many responsibilities here, Brett has also worked as a lecturer at the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Political Science and the College of International Relations and Diplomacy Dag Hammarskjöld. He has also served as a freelance copy editor for GONG, UNDP, the Institute for International Relations, and GiZ, among others. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Brett earned a master's degree in European and Eurasian studies from George Washington University and is currently pursuing a PhD in international studies at the University of Trento. Though no longer teaching courses, Brett remains a vital part of the American Institute’s management team.