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Suite 228,
10621 - 100 Avenue,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Our Staff

Ping Ping Lee
Board of Directors, Chairperson

Education: B.A. (English), B. Ed. (Adult Education), Diploma in Adult Education (ESL), M.A. (Comparative Literature)

Ping Ping has been in the ESL field for over 20 years. Ping Ping enjoys the multi-cultural environment of Solomon College. She values the sense of community in the school and the way everyone helps each other achieve their goals.

Trudy Stevens
Managing Director, Programs

Education: M.Ed., B.A., PTC, TESOL Certification

Trudy has been in education for her entire career. She is passionate about helping international students and new immigrants reach their language learning goals. She taught in the public school system for many years before becoming certified as an ESL teacher. More recently, she has taken on leadership positions, working as a college principal in Hong Kong, and managing an exchange program at the University of Alberta. Trudy’s specialty is intercultural communication and when she is not working, can be found travelling the world seeking new cultural adventures.

Ben Lau
General Manager

Education: B. Mgt. (Adv. Accounting)

Ben has been working for Solomon College since January 1999. He worked for Statistics Canada and the University of Alberta before he was employed by Solomon College. He likes dealing with numbers and computers.

Douglas Parsons
Program Coordinator

Education: B.Ed., TESL Certification

Douglas has taught K to 12, but it was during his time living in China that he realized his passion was in adult education. Since returning to Canada, Douglas has worked closely with newcomers to Canada to improve their language, education, and careers. It is an incredible moment when a student has a ‘lightbulb’ moment and you are there to celebrate it. He is the author of several resources on English in the Workplace and Intercultural Education. He spends free time with his friends and family while also being involved in podcasting and social activism.

Merle Bradley
High School Principal

Education: ThB, B.Sc., PPTC Certification

Upon completing his studies at University of Calgary, Merle taught Physical Sciences two years in central Alberta before moving to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) for 3.5 years where he taught O, M and A Level Physics with Chemistry and Chemistry. Returning to Alberta, he began teaching Chemistry, Physics and Math in 1975, retiring from his full time employment in 1999 after 30 years in the classroom. That fall, he began teaching at Solomon College as a permanent part-time Chemistry and Physics high school teacher. Over the past 20 years, Merle has also taught ESL and Hotel Management when needed. Presently, he is the Physics and Math instructor in Solomon’s Aviation Program.

Wynne Bugatan

Education: B.S.Ed. English, M.Ed. TESL

Wynne earned his Bachelors in Secondary Education, majoring in English, and has completed his academic courses for his Masters in Language Education in the Philippines. He worked as an ESL and EAP instructor in a small English academy servicing international learners and then as a university instructor who taught Filipino and international students in ESL, EAP, Literature, and Professional Education courses. Upon moving to Canada, he completed his Masters in TESL at the University of Alberta. Wynne’s experience settling in Canada inspired him to help newcomers achieve their version of success in Canada through the LINC program.

Christina Chieza

Education: M.A., TESL Certification

Christina is passionate about  teaching and has been in the classroom for her whole career, spanning over 35 years. She has taught high school English in Zimbabwe, Scotland, and Australia. She also taught student teachers how to teach English at a teacher training college for a few years before leaving Zimbabwe to teach abroad. Christina arrived in Canada in 2019 and is currently enjoying her new EAL role at Solomon College.

Ann Chuang

Education: B.B.A., M.A.

Ann earned her Master of Arts (Second Language Acquisition) from Eastern Michigan University, graduating in 2002. Since then she has taught students from grades 7-12 at Chia Yang High School, where she served as an English teacher and Department Head for five years. She moved to Canada in 2007, and has taught or volunteered at ASSIST, NorQuest College, and Solomon College. In her free time, she likes spending time with her family, watching movies (mostly foreign ones) and enjoying the opportunities for exploration and culture that Edmonton has to offer.

Joycelyn Cheung

Education: B.Ed., TESL Certification

Joy graduated from the University of Alberta with an English major and ESL minor and earned her TESL certificate as well. She enjoys working with newcomers and learning about their individual stories and background. She has had experience teaching younger ESL students and also several years of experience with the LINC program. Joy believes that everyone is capable of learning English and she wants to bring this mindset into the classrooms by creating engaging and meaningful lessons for her students so they feel like they are part of the Canadian society and can use classroom knowledge in their daily lives.

Monica Doherty

Education: B.Ed.

Monica is a passionate educator with over 20 years experience from early learning to adult literacy. She loves to foster environments of community and connection, while empowering others to reach their learning and life goals.

Mary Hildebrandt

Education: B.A., M.A., M.A., TESOL Certification

Mary started her teaching career as a Teaching Assistant to new university students. She helped many students who spoke English as a second language. She completed her teaching practicum at the Toronto Catholic District School Board. For her undergraduate degree, she was an international student for one semester at Philipps University, in Marburg, Germany. The language of instruction for all classes was German.

Her favourite part of her role teaching LINC 4 is to help newcomers achieve their goals for learning English. She’s from Calgary, but loves being back in Edmonton to live closer to family.

Maria Hoshi-McLean

Education: B.Ed., TEFL, TEYL


Maria has a specialization in teaching second languages, shifting from English, French, and Spanish. She previously taught junior high and high school, and has now found a passion for teaching English as a second language to adults. She has studied in both France and Cuba during her undergraduate degree, and loves to bring in all aspects of different cultures into her classroom. Maria believes that all her students can be successful in learning English and works to create a welcoming and engaging environment with her students.

Bill Jenkins

Education: B.Ed., TESL Certification

Bill has been working in adult education for over 30 years. He has worked with all levels of English language learning from beginners to foreign-trained professionals. In his career, he has developed several successful programs. One of his most interesting jobs was working as the community adult educator in a remote settlement in the far north (NWT). He finds it most rewarding when students come back and tell him that he has made a difference in their lives. In his free time, Bill spends time with his dog, keeps tropical fish and dabbles in stained glass.

Lawrence Lau
Aviation Program, Chairperson

Education & Designation: B. Com, Aviation Dip, ATPL, Class 1 Flight Instructor

Lawrence has been a licensed pilot since 2006 and graduated from the University of Alberta School of Business. Having worked in both Airline and Charter Flight operations and with over 10 years experience as a Flight Instructor, Lawrence is now also the Chief Flight Instructor of Cooking Lake Aviation.

Norman Leach

Education: B.A, CAE

Norman Leach is an entrepreneur and business instructor. He has done business in over 20 countries, has led three of Canada’s largest Chambers of Commerce, and has taught business at institutions across Western Canada. He is a best-selling author and  has received three medals for his community service.

Paula McKinley

Education: B.Ed., TESL certification

Paula is a caring and compassionate teacher with proven success in a wide array of educational programs over the last 26 years. She has sixteen years of  ESL experience in post-secondary environments including EAP and English. She brings her love for life into the classroom and encourages her students to exceed their expectations.

Ayeh Rakhshani

Education: M.Ed., B.Sc., PGCE, TESL Certification

Ayeh’s teaching career started in 2008, in the UK. She primarily taught math to groups of youth with special learning, social or behavioural needs. Ayeh’s passion for teaching teenagers grew and she continued working with that age group until she immigrated to Canada in 2019. During that time, Ayeh had taken on English and IT teaching too, and her repertoire has expanded to teaching adult apprentices and delivering work-based education. She loves helping students realise their potential and grow their confidence as well as their language skills.
Ayeh enjoys travelling and learning about different cultures.

Mark Spindler

Education: B.Ed. Spanish and ESL, TESL Certification, Graphic Design Diploma

Mark has taught English to newcomers in the LINC program for a little over two years and has volunteered teaching ESL for a few years. Mark has taught English for one year in Ecuador to a variety of age groups. While at the University of Alberta, he volunteered with SVCC

Karen Sauvé
Employment Counsellor

Education: B.A. Psych

Karen graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and found herself drawn toward helping people find employment. In 2003, she started work as a Career and Employment Counsellor with at-risk youth. Since then, she has worked with many demographics helping people secure gainful and meaningful employment in Alberta. Karen considers herself a resume expert and is very familiar with how ATS (Applicant Tracking System) works. She believes that everyone deserves a good resume that they can be proud to share with employers.

Judy Stokland

Education: B.Ed., M.A. , TESL Certification

Prior to joining the staff at Solomon College, Judy spent 14 years in Asia working in international education. She also worked at an international school in Papua New Guinea for five years. Judy loves to learn and teach and she considers it her life-long journey.

Kathy Zhang

Education: B.A., M.A., TESOL Certification

Kathy has been teaching ESL and LINC classes in America, China and Canada for more than ten years. She enjoys working in multi-cultural environment with the students, and she is in helping the students integrate into the Canadian Society. She especially enjoys the diverse cultures around the world.

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