Meet the Staff

American English Institute's mission is to help students achieve their educational and professional goals and dreams! Our staff is here to help you in any way. Please contact us for more information on our English programs.

Sandra Adams



Sandra graduated from the University of California, Irvine where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She received her Master of Science in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne. She has worked in international education since 1991 where she developed numerous programs for international organizations, schools, and universities. She enjoys hiking, developing new programs, and meeting and exceeding student expectations!

Tanya Chavez

Accounting and Admisssions Specialist


Tanya graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radiation Therapy. She has worked as a radiation therapist and works part-time at AEI to oversee the accounting and admissions functions. She enjoys travelling to different parts of the world such as Argentina and Chile, cooking, and playing basketball.

Sabehha Asad

Student Services Coordinator/ Substitute Instructor

Sabehha is currently a senior at California State University, San Bernardino. She will graduate with a BA in English with an emphasis in Linguistics in June 2015. She plans to then enter the Applied Linguistics master's program. She coordinates all phases of operations from marketing to student services. She also serves as a substitute instructor. She plans to follow her dream and become an English professor. She enjoys fitness, trying new foods, and going places she've never been before.


Carol Williams Kisch


Carol received her B.A. in French Literature from Swarthmore College and her M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate School. She has taught English in Burkina Faso, West Africa; Paris, France; Edinburgh, Scotland, and recently retired after 38 years at the University of California, Riverside. She especially loves to teach academic writing. In her free time, she often travels to Hungary or to her family's cabin in the forest or stays home to read, garden, and visit with her family and friends.

Leen Kawas


Leen graduated from the University of Damascus in Syria where she taught English in high school for 10 years.  She has received her TESOL certificate.  She enjoys salsa dancing, writing short stories, playing piano and researching and translating Arabic authors into English.  Students enjoy her humour in class and her assignments that allow students to improve their English and academic skills.

Mitch Nesbitt

English Instructor

Mitch graduated from UC Riverside with a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics. He received his TEFL Certificate and has taught a wide variety of students English. He has been studying Japanese for three years and hopes to eventually teach in Japan. He teaches reading, writing, and speaking and listening in AEI's Intensive English Program. Mitch creates a stress-free, friendly environment at AEI which enables students to learn easily and effectively.  The small classes also allow him to provide his students with one-on-one attention. His goal for his students is to learn to communicate in English so they can realize their goals. 

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