Our Team

Erica Nogueira
Erica has worked as an English teacher in Brazil for more than twenty years preparing hundreds of students not only to communicate in the English language in general, but also to take proficiency and scored-based tests. What she really enjoys doing is teaching adults. She strongly believes that adult students learn better when they are in the center of their own learning process and exposed to practical and contextualized content. She has a BA in English and Portuguese, an MBA, and English proficiency certification from Michigan University.

Patrícia Santos
Patricia Santos has been working as a Psychologist and English teacher for more than 20 years. Holding post graduation degrees in both Psychoanalysis from UFRJ and TESOL, she has been invited to lecture at international conferences including IATEFL in the UK.

Debra Poortenga
Debra Poortenga has taught ESL to adults in community centers, community colleges, and universities in the United States and Canada for about 30 years.  She has a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  She loves to learn about other cultures from her students, and also enjoys swimming, kayaking, bicycling, and other outdoor sports. 

Ryan Detwiler
Ryan Detwiler is the founder and developer of eslvideo.com. He teaches English as a Second Language at MiraCosta College in Southern California and English conversation for ESL Video. He enjoys learning about other cultures, collaborating with creative people, and spending time with his family.