Teachers and Staff


Thomas Upton, Ph.D - Director

Jordan Gusich, M.A. - Assistant Director for Academic Affairs

Cindy Carr, M.A. - Assistant Director for Student Affairs


Kate Brinkmeyer has been teaching at PIE since 2017 and is the Coordinator for Special Programs. She holds a Master’s degree in English Studies and Communication as well as a TESOL Certification. Her specialization is in advanced-level academic writing. Kate has studied Spanish, French, and Japanese, and she hopes to learn conversational Russian or Chinese. When she’s not teaching, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and hopes to one day publish a science fiction novel.

Carrie Brodnik has been an instructor at PIE since 2015. She's been teaching English and working with international students of all ages for over 20 years.  Carrie has a Master's degree in Language Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring national parks with her husband and children.

Cindy Carr helped develop the PIE and has taught from the first session in 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in English with a concentration in TESOL and a certificate in Teaching Writing. Cindy has lived abroad in Venezuela, Germany, and Norway and has studied Spanish, German, and Norwegian. She enjoys learning about other languages and cultures, hiking, and gardening.

Oznur Fidan

Sarah-Grace Kane

Jordan Gusich helped develop the PIE from the beginning. He has been teaching English since 2006 in all corners of the world, including Ukraine, Serbia, Korea, China, and Arkansas. Jordan is passionate about helping students and working with teachers. When he isn’t at the PIE, he likes to play basketball at the gym and go on adventures with his wife and son. 

Brynn Nightenhelser

Kim Robertson

Kim Waletich





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Eyad, Saudi Arabia