Dr. Jennifer Lawson
In-Class TESOL Instructor- Mexico

Dr. Jennifer Lawson is our newest Certified TESOL Instructor, joining our team in 2019. She teaches the 120 hour 2 week Intensive TESOL Course in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She also teaches in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Education. She is the author and originator of the Hands-On series, which includes resources for teachers of English Language Learners. Jennifer is a former classroom teacher, resource/inclusive education teacher, consultant, and principal. She also serves as a Trustee for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Lawson is actively involved in the Mission to Mexico project, which supports education in communities around Puerto Vallarta.

Ms. Lee Rose
Accredited Online TESOL Course Instructor and
ESL/EAL Teacher

Ms. Lee Rose got her TESOL Certification in the first English 1 International TESOL course offered in Puerto Vallarta in 2015 and soon took a full-time job as a primary teacher in a local bilingual school. She already taught adults and after accumulating enough hours in the classroom teaching children, she qualified for her TESOL Instructor Certification. Lee now teaches the Accredited Online 9 week 120 Hour TESOL Certificate Course 6 times a year as well as continuing to teach full-time in the classroom “because she loves teaching kids too!”

  • Certified TESOL Instructor for the Accredited Online Course
  • English Tutor/ Teacher – online and in person with adults and children
  • Many years teaching adults Accounting, IT, and most recently, Google applications.
  • PADI Divemaster
  • Lived and worked internationally in Canada, Germany, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman. Now lives in Mexico.
  • Languages – English and Spanish

Ms. Cynthia Leigh
In-Class TESOL Instructor and
ESL/EAL Teacher

Cynthia Leigh spent many years in Alberta, Canada before relocating a few years ago to the small community of Boca de Tomatlan, a half hour south of Puerto Vallarta, with her husband and son. She was instrumental in starting an ESL (English as a Second Language) program in the local public school when she realized the need and is also the Volunteer Coordinator for the Boca de Tomatlan Community Education Project. Boca relies heavily on the tourism industry for their livelihood and requires people to speak English, so she also works with adults. She became a Certified TESOL Instructor for the 120 hour Intensive 2 week TESOL Certificate Course in 2018. Students who take the Certified TESOL Program in Boca have an amazing experience in the jungle right next to the ocean!

  • Certified TESOL Instructor
  • ESL/ EAL Teacher/ Tutor
  • Founder/ Volunteer Director – Boca de Tomatlan Community Education Project
  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Author – Bilingual Children’s Books in Spanish and English
  • University of Calgary Graduate – BSSc with a specialty in Criminology
  • Languages – English and Spanish

Ms. Susan Gerle
TESOL Instructor/ Trainer/ CEO

Susan Gerle began teaching ESL/ EAL in Mexico in 1998.  She developed the TESOL Certificate Course curriculum starting in 2005 under the guidance of the Director of Curriculum, Dr. Katherine OReilly, a Professor of English and Education in Saskatchewan.  In 2012 she taught the first Certified TESOL Course in BC, Canada and in January 2015 she instructed the first Certified TESOL course in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Susan also co-authored “Ingles Facil,” a publication for Spanish speakers learning English for tourism. She works very closely with Community Education Projects in PV as well as sponsoring  ESL Beca students each year.  She also makes available a scholarship to a Mexican National in each TESOL course taught in Mexico.

  • Certified TESOL Instructor/ Trainer/ CEO
  • Graduate – Okanagan University College (HSW)
  • College Director  – King George International College (KGIC), Vancouver & Toronto
  • Academic Coordinator – KGIC, Vancouver
  • ESL/EAL Teacher – KGIC, Vancouver
  • English Teacher Coordinator – Colegio Vancouver, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • ESL/ EAL Teacher/ Tutor
  • Extensive International Travel & Teaching

Mr. Jon Mansell
In-Class TESOL Instructor
Canada and Mexico

Jon Mansell began his new career in 2012 when he became one of the first TESOL graduates of the English 1 International TESOL Certificate Course. He was already a trained elementary teacher. He was hired as the Head Teacher at an International school in BC, Canada, teaching teenagers and young adults and remained in the position for two years. When he  accumulated enough teaching hours with international students, he returned to take his TESOL Instructor Certification.  He continues to teach the TESOL Certificate Course in Mexico and BC, Canada when it doesn’t interfere with his travels!

  • Certified TESOL Instructor
  • Graduate of the University of SK, Canada (B.A.)
  • Teaching Certificate from the University of SK
  • Worked in Social Services in BC, Canada for 30 years 
  • Head Teacher – International School BC, Canada
  • ESL/EAL Teacher/ Tutor
  • Extensive International Travel