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Email a CIEE TEFL Program Coordinator or
call us at  207-274-5711  for more information.


Meet Our Staff

At CIEE, we have an experienced and dedicated team, committed to ensuring your success in our programs through a consultative approach.

Shelby Baker

TEFL Coordinator

Shelby graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in both TESOL and Spanish. Her love of international education and travel has led her to teaching English in China, Spain, Puerto Rico and the USA. As a global citizen of the world, she is passionate about furthering education through travel, language learning and fun!

After recently returning to the states, she briefly lived in Houston, TX and has since relocated to Portland, Maine (just swap the heat for the cold)! When she's not traveling, you can find her running around with her two doggos, or seeking the latest foodie spot in town.


TEFL Product and Academic Manager

Ally’s love for travel started with a trip to Australia and New Zealand during her junior year of high school. A semester in Copenhagen during her college years solidified her need to see the world. After she graduated college, she got TEFL certified and hopped on a plane to China – a place she had never been and knew very little about. One year teaching English in China led to a Master’s degree, conversational Mandarin skills, and a lifetime of memories. She loved her experience teaching English to university students in China so much; she stayed there for three years. Because of this experience, her career goals changed, and she worked for CIEE Teach Abroad programs for almost three years before moving to the TEFL department. She loves that her job is to promote English language learning, and help change lives for people all over the world.


Vice President, Global High School, Teach Abroad and TEFL Programs

Matt’s passion to bridge global cultures began with a trip to China just after high school on a trip led by one of his teachers. The trip provided lifelong friendships with both fellow students and Chinese cultural partners.

Since that experience, Matt has lived, studied, and worked in Spain, Chile, France, and the United States of America. Matt’s three host family experiences and numerous global friendships are an irreplaceable part of his life. Matt is excited to provide experiences that expand students’ horizons and open their minds to new possibilities. Matt dreams about helping future students overcome cultural barriers to create a more understanding, friendly, peaceful, and productive world.

Stephen Bush

Director of Teach Abroad Programs

Stephen developed a passion for Arabic and Middle East Studies during high school and while studying abroad in Egypt. After college he returned to Cairo where he taught social studies – including Egyptian history! – and had the time of his life learning the ins and outs of this throbbing metropolis. The personal relationships Stephen developed while studying and working in the Middle East helped him to appreciate the rich diversity of this region and the value of international education. Stephen is proud to help facilitate similarly life-changing teach abroad experiences for others.

Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: Dominican Republic, Portugal

Luke Beland

Senior Teach Abroad Coordinator

Luke grew up amid the woods and lakes of Maine, and expanded his horizons by studying Arabic at university and teaching English in Jordan for two years. His favorite travel memories are riding bullet trains through western China, backpacking along the southern coast of Turkey, driving under the stars through the mountains of Morocco, and enjoying tea, falafel, and mezze with friends in Israel and Palestine.

Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: Chile, China, Morocco, Spain Professional, South Korea

Samantha Erwin

Teach Abroad Coordinator

Samantha is a Minnesota native where she majored in Spanish and global studies at Winona State University. Her first experience abroad was when she spent an academic year studying in Granada, Spain. That experience opened a small window into the people and cultures of the world. From then on, she knew she needed to keep exploring. After graduation, she went to South America to travel and while in Peru, earned her TEFL certification. Shortly after, she moved to South Korea with her husband to teach English and stayed for two years. Now, as the program coordinator for the Teach in Spain programs, Samantha is proud to help others create a more globally diverse world through international education.

Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: Spain

Kerry Plath

Teach Abroad Coordinator

Kerry’s love of travel started with a trip to Europe in high school that opened her eyes to new languages and cultures; she was hooked! Kerry attended Minnesota State University Moorhead where she majored in Spanish Education and International Business. In college, she studied in Spain and Mexico as well as taught Spanish Costa Rica. After a few years in the states, she returned to life abroad teaching English for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Republic of Macedonia. Her experiences living with host families, learning three languages, making lifelong friends, and fully immersing in different cultures led her to CIEE, where she loves supporting others on their international adventures as well as hearing stories from her current and former program participants.

Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: Czech Republic, Thailand, Vietnam

Hilary Leslie


Hilary fell in love with Europe at an early age and knew it would play a part in her future studies. As a Spanish major in college, she studied abroad in Costa Rica and then spent her senior year in Seville through CIEE Liberal Arts. Upon graduating Elon University, she taught in Madrid for two years with CIEE Teach in Spain at a bilingual primary school. Hilary's passion for travel and education continues as a CIEE employee and ESL teacher. She hopes to encourage as many people as possible to experience life overseas and inspire the next generation through English learning and cultural awareness.

Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: Spain (Andalucía), Spain Professional

Katherine MacColl


Katy’s first love of travel developed during a semester abroad in Florence, Italy which gave her a taste of life overseas. After graduating from college, she wanted to continue to explore beyond the bubble of New England. She bought a one-way ticket to Thailand where she got TEFL certified and jumped into teaching in a small Thai village, falling in love with her students and the highs and lows of life abroad. After 2 years in Thailand she continued her teaching in Turkey for 2 more years. Her desire to create a more understanding and educated world brought her to CIEE where she is proud to help others on their own international journeys.

Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: Chile, South Korea, Portugal


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