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.


Marisa Adams 

Marisa is originally from, and attended college in, the Boston, Massachusetts area. She graduated with a double major in Political Science: International Relations and Foreign Languages (French & Spanish). She also minored in Anthropology. Before moving to Georgia, Marisa did a year of postgraduate service work in the Dominican Republic. While there, she taught ESL to elementary school students in grades 1-3. She also worked in the school’s Escuela de Sordos (Deaf School) teaching ESL and learning sign language. She is thrilled to have found, and be working with, a community of so many wonderful people from all over the world, right here in Columbus.



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.



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.



Stacey Broom

Stacey has a Bachelor of Education degree in Communicative Disorders and a Master of Education degree in Speech Pathology from Columbus College (now Columbus State University), and has received TESOL certification. She has taught English as a Second Language privately for over 13 years, and she taught several short-term classes at the English Language Institute before joining the staff as a part-time instructor. She is now teaching the beginning level Reading & Vocabulary, Writing, and Grammar classes. Stacey enjoys reading, teaching and serving in her church, and spending time with her family.