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Meet the Staff


Melissa Rivkin, founder and director of The American School of
English, has been teaching English since 1988. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York and spent three years teaching in American international schools in Europe and the Middle East. In 1991 Melissa returned to Seattle and discovered that there was a need for quality ESL education in smaller and more intimate surroundings than what was offered at most ESL institutions. The American School of English was founded that same year. Since 1991, Melissa and the American School of English have brought hundreds of students from around the world to Seattle to learn English and experience American culture in a friendly and stimulating setting for short and long term programs.


The American School of English

1406 NE 50th Street Suite 205 Seattle, Washington 98105
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(206) 528-1719

(206) 325-0121

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    David Cohanim is a University of Washington graduate and a native of Seattle. He co-founded the American School of English after teaching abroad in Europe and the Middle East. David specializes in IBT TOEFL and TOEIC preparation and Business English. He is our resident computer expert and teaches many private computer tutorials. His other interests include climbing, cooking and reading science fiction.
Valerie Hahn has been teaching English for twenty years. After a year
spent teaching ESL in Peru, she returned to Seattle to teach at The
American School of English and to pursue language studies at the
University of Washington. Originally from California, Valerie has
travelled and studied in several other countries, including England and
much of Latin America. Her interests include writing, poetry, hiking,
natural foods and foreign cultures.
Steve Scribner has taught ESL for 10 years. He was born in Seattle. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in English, he taught in Japan and then in the San Francisco Bay Area. He returned to Seattle, and has been teaching at the American School of English while pursuing his Masters Degree from Seattle Pacific University. His interests include writing (including a nearly completed novel), music, and learning about other cultures and food.
Robert Limbocker

Robert Limbocker graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English. In 2003 he traveled to Barcelona, Spain to earn his TEFL certificate where he began teaching English. Since returning to Seattle, he has been teaching at The American School of English where his focus is on intensive conversational work backed with a solid foundation in grammar, reading, writing, and listening skills. His interests include: avidly hiking in the Cascade Mountains, listening to and playing music, and creative writing.


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