EC Los Angeles English Teacher Feature: Robert Staley

Californian by birth, but Texan by experience. I was born here in LA and am a Venice Beach native, but took the long journey to Houston when I turned 12. Naturally, spending your teen years in a place, especially a place as diverse as Houston, makes you feel at home, which is one of the main reasons why I decided to stay in Texas for university. Guns up! Going to Texas Tech was one of the most invaluable experiences. Through the university I was exposed to the wonders of traveling, which is one of the main reasons why I decided to become an English Teacher. I graduated from TTU in May of 2013 and began working at EC not long after. This is my first teaching experience, but I can easily say that it has been amazing. I couldn’t imagine a better first experience as a teacher.  I have taught many of the levels here, but at the moment I teach Pre-Intermediate, Beginner, and Write Now, a low level writing class. From my time teaching here at EC I have learned a lot about the world, which has greatly impacted my future plans. I originally planned on traveling to one or two places, but the students here have given me a long list of places which I one day hope to live in. LA is my hometown, but since I moved to Texas in my teen years, I’ve noticed that there is a lot I’ve missed out on. I am constantly discovering new and interesting places in this great city, but my favorite has got to be Venice, which is an obvious choice. A party with an eccentric, artistic, and mellow yet borderline insane mood captures the Venice scene both day and night. Searching for adventure and experience is natural to … Read more

Meet Scott, our New Students Services Councelor!

I was born in Torrance but grew up in metro Detroit. I did a summer homestay study abroad program in Tokyo when I was in high school and it ignited my passion for international travel and learning about other cultures. I continued to study Japanese and attended Michigan State University. While I was there, I studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo and made friends with students from all around the world. After graduating, I went on to teach English in Japan and got to experience being on the other side of the podium. After returning to the U.S. I continued to use my acquired knowledge of Japanese language and culture to bridge the communication gap between Japan and the west in business, and I took every opportunity I could get to travel.  When I recently had the chance to come back to LA, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. LA has so much to offer for people who enjoy a global atmosphere. I’ve really enjoyed exploring all of the different restaurants, cultural events, sunshine and walking up and down the beach. It’s a great change from the harsh Michigan winters. In my free time I like to play guitar, study Japanese, listen to music and read. I also like to stay active by running, swimming, doing yoga, lifting weights and going on the occasional hike or snowboarding trip. I know how hard it can be to live, work and study in a foreign country, but I also know the tremendous benefits it can bring. I hope to pass on the kindness and generosity I’ve received along my own journey to the students at ECLA. My message to future ECLA students is that in addition to improving your skills in English, you will make friends and memories which you … Read more