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

Our Staff

Ping Ping Lee
Board of Directors Chair

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, M.Ed.
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.

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.

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.

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.

Gloria Ho

Education: B.Des, TESOL Certification

Before working at Solomon, Gloria spent a year teaching English in South Korea. She enjoyed working abroad and participating in ESL/EFL training sessions. She also worked with a women’s literacy program in Nepal, developing classroom materials and lesson plans for Nepali and English classes alongside local teachers.

For Gloria, working with adult learners in Canada is a pleasure. She admires her students for their hard work and determination.

Natalia Jimenez
Recruitment Coordinator and Employment Counsellor

Education: Bachelor of Pedagogy

Natalia has been in education and training her entire career. She is passionate about helping others achieve their personal and professional goals. She has more than 10 years of experience in Corporate Training, working with companies in 24 different countries. Natalia is also an outdoors enthusiast so when she is not working you can find her running, snowboarding, hiking or just enjoying nature.

Natalia Kostonyan

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

Natalia has been teaching English to adults both in Russia and Canada for over five years. Natalia loves helping students achieve their language and life goals. In her free time, she enjoys training in kickboxing and taking French courses.

Lawrence Lau
Aviation Program Chair

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.

Joseph Nofech

Education: B.Sc., M.Sc.

Prior to joining Solomon College, Joseph graduated from the University of Alberta with a master’s degree in physics, and has a research background in intergalactic star formation as well as solar PV design. Joseph has been teaching students of all backgrounds for over 10 years in a variety of topics, including physics / engineering physics, ESL as a volunteer, and Taekwondo. He loves teaching, and appreciates being able to help his students reach their educational goals.

Raelene Poulin

Education: B.Ed, TESL Certification

Raelene has taught Saturday LINC4 classes for the last two years. She comes with over 20 years of experience in the Education field teaching:Early Childhood classes to High School, College English, Job Search classes, workshops on Mental Health and a range of courses such as FrenchImmersion, French as a Second Language, Drama, Music, Early Literacy Intervention and Physical Education. You could almost say that she has taught it all! Her passion is learning and teaching. Her students definitely keep her interest in the field alive!

She is grateful for her classes here at Solomon College!

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

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.

Ederley Tu

Education & Designation: B. Comm., CPA, CMA

Ederley graduated from University of Alberta, and has been in the Accounting field for over 10 years. He has taught Accounting classes at Solomon College since 2018, and loves sharing his business experience and knowledge with students. He also enjoys playing piano and billiards.

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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