Meet the Team

Sadia Sadia Bruce Sadia Bruce is a writer, performer, and teacher with nearly a decade of experience teaching the finer points of the English language to students at all levels of study. A first-generation American born to a Filipino mother and Liberian father, Sadia has a knack for effective intercultural communication. She lived in Osaka, Japan for one year as a high school exchange student– the experience that sparked her enduring love of travel– and again in 2008 as an English teacher to adult learners. She attended Howard University in Washington, DC and Parsons the New School for Design in New York, NY.
Keith Keith Kim Keith Kim was born and raised in New York City to two first-generation Korean parents. He attended Stuyvesant High School, and then went on to SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Binghamton. After his graduation, he taught English in Korea. Thereafter, he traveled to Japan to teach English in the public school system. Now back in his hometown New York, he is working to teach English to people of all levels, all over the world.
Dede Tete-Rosenthal Dede Tete-Rosenthal Dede was born in tropical Togo, West Africa but raised in cold Michigan and New York close to the Canadian border. But this drastic change in weather did not change her personality much and she grew up laughing, poking fun at most things and dancing freely at every opportunity. Currently, she is finishing her PhD research and teaching while in Tokyo but still having adventures and dancing whenever time permits.
Jonathan Seiden Jonathan Seiden Jonathan is from The United States and was raised in the Washington DC suburbs. His first experience teaching came as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan and he has continued this passion in his current home of Tokyo by working at Teikyo University. Jonathan has written English and Russian podcast and video series and serves as the native English speaking host on a wide variety of other series. In his free time he enjoys learning, city cycling, playing and listening to weird music, and following American politics.
Alisha Alisha was born in California in the United States and raised in Oregon. She’s a native English speaker. Following graduation and after obtaining her BA in Japanese with a secondary concentration in business, she worked as an English teacher for two years in Japan before transferring to her current positions. She currently works at both Tokyo University and a beer/spirits import company. She enjoys cooking, knitting, exploring Tokyo, and sampling craft beer from all around the world! She is very glad to be working with the EnglishClass101.com team, and hopes that the listeners will enjoy her work as well.
Braden Chase Braden Chase is a long-time teacher and student of linguistics, and has lived in and traveled to many parts of the world. He began teaching English nearly 10 years ago while on an exchange program in Brazil. He has since worked as a translator, interpreter, and business consultant to many companies throughout the world. He has extensive experience in English morphology and pragmatics but specializes in pronunciation and phonology.
Barbara Keene Barbara Keene has lived in Brazil for the past 9 years teaching English at schools, corporations, and privately. She holds a degree in psychology and has extensive experience in alternative medicine, and worked for many years as a massage therapist. She is an avid reader and enjoys helping others learn.
Kellie Kellie was born in Wolverhampton, England and graduated with a degree in Psychology before deciding to move to Japan to teach English. She now resides in Chiba, Japan. She has been a teacher in Japanese high schools for over three years and also fills her time by writing reviews and live reports for an English language magazine that specializes in Japanese rock music. She is learning Japanese and loves to promote her Britishness at every opportunity with EnglishClass101.com.
John Amari John is a Ugandan-born freelance writer from the United Kingdom. He has also lived in Kenya and Japan. John speaks English and Luo, and conversational Swahilli and Japanese. Graduating with a degree in history from the University of London, he worked in the civil service in London before teaching English in Japan. He currently researches and writes on a number of topics including intellectual property, branding, business and international development.
Gabriella White Gabriella is a linguist and multilingual broadcaster from the UK. Born to English-Dutch parents, Gabriella has a BA (Honors) degree in Linguistics, French, German and History of Art from the University of Durham. An accredited international journalist, Gabriella has worked with the BBC and is published in international newspapers and magazines including the Tokyo Daily. Gabriella is now learning her fifth language, Japanese, in Tokyo, where she works as Product Manager and hosts language and culture shows with presenters from around the world. She is also the voice of the company’s news series, which she hosts with the co-founder of Innovative Language, Peter Galante.
Gina Heslington Gina was born in North Shields and speaks English, Spanish and Hindi. A philosophy graduate of York University, Gina went on to get a CELTA and an NCTJ diploma in her pursuit of teaching English abroad. She has taught English at Nichidai Junior High in Hiyoshi and at Natural English in Yokohama, Japan. Gina has previously lived in India, Mexico and Sri Lanka and came to Japan for new experiences and to enjoy her favorite food, sushi! Gina’s interests include art, travel, reading, writing and meditation.
Ryan Beck Ryan is from the United States of America. He was born and raised in the state of Ohio. He first started teaching business English as a part-time job while attending college during a study abroad program in Tokyo. He hosts several series on EnglishClass101.com and also works full time for Innovative Language. In his free time, he likes to travel and explore new locations in Japan. He also enjoys cycling, snowboarding, and an array of other activities.
Becky Gillespie Becky Gillespie was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She’s a native English speaker who has now been living in Tokyo for almost ten years. She has used both her B.A. in English Literature and B.S. in Finance from Miami University while working for more than five years as an English teacher and four years preparing Japanese and U.S. tax returns for expatriates. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Education, with a concentration in teaching English as a Second Language. She enjoys traveling the world, singing, watching movies, hiking, going to pub quizzes, and spending time in her favorite Tokyo neighborhood, Shimokitazawa.