About Us

Mission and Goals

The College of Chicago was established to provide educational resources to individuals seeking to enrich their careers, prepare for further education, and assimilate to American culture while studying in the United States. Through the provision of ESL and TOEFL programs, the College enables individuals to acquire the skills and competencies as well as the confidence needed to achieve their goals. The core of the College of Chicago’s mission is to offer the highest quality education program to each student, fostering his or her growth and development.

Vision and Goals

It is the stated vision of the College of Chicago to be an institution that not only offers an outstanding English language program to prepare students for college (undergraduate or graduate level, work), but also offers students a next step in achieving their academic and professional goals. To do so, the school has identified the following broad goals to support the mission:

  • To be an exemplary language program where teachers and program directors from other institutions come to observe and train.
  • To produce results for our students by maintaining a data driven, dynamic learning environment.
  • To focus on English proficiency for those who are not native speakers.
  • To prepare students to achieve their personal, educational, and career goals through improvement of their English language skills.
  • To encourage student accountability by offering high quality instruction that is rigorous and enables students to adjust more easily to American life and culture.
  • To provide exceptional educational opportunities for the career-oriented individual seeking professional advancement, as well as for the individual who is seeking to acquire proficiency in the English language and an understanding of American culture.
  • To help students establish an educational plan and select an appropriate course of study that will allows students to not only graduate but succeed beyond graduation.
  • To ensure student satisfaction by offering the highest caliber of instruction and student services.
  • To actively participate with local community organizations in order to provide students opportunities for growth and development within and outside of school.
  • To be open and transparent in regard to the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of students and the school as enrollment, and to ensure that questions are answered as quickly as possible.

MEET OUR TEAM

''OPEN-MINDED AND CURIOUS"

CHRISTINA ABELLA
English Teacher

Christina Abella is an experienced teacher of English as a Second Language, who is professional, caring, and enthusiastic. Christina earned her certification to teach ESL as well as Spanish, studying and teaching in Spain, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic in the process. In addition, Christina taught English and American Culture classes to medical doctors at Chongqing Medical University in China for two years. Currently, Christina is completing her Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Christina is our Lead Instructor, and loves helping students learn and improve their ability to communicate in English. She teaches the Academic ESL and TOEFL Preparation class, where students frequently improve their TOEFL scores by 20 points or more. Christina also works as a Writing Specialist at the NEIU Learning Success Center, helping undergraduate and graduate students alike perfect their writing. Christina has also contributed to the upcoming book, New Ways in Teaching with Games, a collection of activities designed to help ESL students learn in ways that are creative, engaging, and fun.

Lisa
English Teacher

Lisa is a native of Chicago and enjoys the diversity in language and culture of this world class city. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from DePaul University and a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from North Park University. She is also a certified Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Prior to joining The College of Chicago, Lisa taught English as a Second Language and science at Chicago Public Schools. She also has experience as a Writing Center Coach, working with undergraduate adults at the College of Lake County. Lisa uses a communicative approach in teaching, incorporating the domains of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in authentic contexts. When she is not teaching, Lisa is continuously learning and exploring by attending museums and events throughout the city.

Scott
English Teacher

Scott McMillen has been an English teacher for three years. Before teaching at the College of Chicago, he taught in the city of Maebashi, Japan, working to help both adults and children improve their speaking skills. After this experience, Scott sought to help recent U.S. immigrants and visa holders to build their English abilities. Living internationally has motivated him to help others since he understands the "importance fo clear, concise speaking when attending university or working in another country" and that learning can be fun.
Before teaching English, Scott worked on government policy in Washington DC. His favorite English fact is that "Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" is a grammatically correct sentence.

Alex Nixon
Student Service Coordinator

Alex is a Student Service Coordinator at The College of Chicago, where she assists international students with I-20 compliance and visa regulation since 2014. Alex regularly attends national training sessions to stay current on changes in accreditation regulation. As the Student Service Coordinator at The College of Chicago, she enjoys trying new cuisines and experiencing new cultures to support students’ experience as well.

Su Yang
Associate Director

Graduated from The School of The Art Institute. Yang has studied 20 years focused on Eastern and Western art. She has been producing at a professional level of art. Her “boundary pulsing” art creations are well recognized in the Chicago Chinese Community, also working vigorously as an activist and artist for the Chicago Chinese Community. She Recognized as top 10 Chicago Chinese Youth Federation in 2018, she has managed herself well to become a recipient of the award from the community within such a short period of time..
“As an immigrant to the US I have shared the same struggle as many people like you. I will be guiding you to become a successful American Living and my integrating art and creativity skills to support your academic goal which will bring you the quality that you deserve in life.”

ANNA KANG
Director PDSO

Anna Heesuk Kang is a dedicated educator with integrity over 27 years, she has been serving international Student Communities of legal and academic issues where each student needed. The core of the College of Chicago’s mission is to offer the highest quality education programs to each student to foster his or her growth and development. The College of Chicago was established by Anna Kang in 2002 to provide educational resources to individuals who are seeking to enrich careers, prepare for further education, and assimilated to American Culture while studying in the United States. Through the provision of ESL and TOEFL programs, COC enables individuals to acquire the skills and competencies as well as the confidence needed to achieve their goals.