Staff & Instructors

English Language Institute Staff and Instructors


Ryan Todt

English Language Institute Program Coordinator

Ryan has been in education for 12+ years and has been teaching for at least 7 of those years. Teaching at the ELI has given him the opportunity to meet new people and to learn about so many other cultures and to see the world from a more international perspective. He has both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education from Covenant College and a certificate in TESOL. He has been to several different countries including South Africa, Peru, Mexico, and a Native American reservation. Originally from Missouri, he has lived in The South for over 20 years now. He lives in the Columbus area with his wife and three children. Mr. Todt is an avid reader and enjoys studying philosophy, history, pop culture and science.





Beverly HendrixBeverly Hendrix

Beverly is certified to teach English as a Second Language and has been an ESL instructor since 2009. She also has a Master’s degree in English and Bilingual Education. She taught English in South Korea in the summer of 2010 and has worked with students from all over the world. Beverly enjoys watching her students gain confidence in their language abilities.







Doris BownDoris Brown

Doris (B.S. in General Studies from Cols. College) was born in Germany, where she completed her secondary studies and worked as an interpreter and coordinator of a group of interpreters for the German Department of Defense. While in Germany she also volunteered at a speech therapy institute. She moved to the United States in 1986, after which she attained a specialization in German from the University of Georgia. She has many years of experience teaching English to non-native speakers, having worked as an English as a Second Language (ESOL) teacher and coordinator for the Muscogee School District since 1986.






Joshua SellsJoshua Seils

Joshua grew up in Columbus, Georgia. He received his BA in English in 2004 from the University of Georgia. He completed his CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Strasbourg, France in October of 2014. Joshua has worked as an English Language Assistant in both France and Martinique, and as an English teacher to a wide range of students in South Korea, where he lived for three years. Joshua has been working at the ELI since January of 2015 and currently teaches Level 3. In his free time he enjoys reading and playing racquetball.


Paige BurnsPaige Burns

Paige has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Reading, Language, Literacy, ESOL) degree from Georgia State University. She has been teaching ESL in community and academic settings for four years to students from a variety of backgrounds. Paige is currently teaching the Level 4 class, helping our students prepare for the TOEFL exam and future educational experiences and careers. In addition to teaching, she enjoys reading, solving puzzles, and camping and hiking with her husband and three sons.