Westminster Language Academy began in 2006 with a single purpose: To offer high-quality, affordable English language instruction in a warm, caring environment.

Our care for the whole person is part of what makes us different.  We know that our students live busy lives, and we work to understand their specific needs—in their personal life, their work, and family.  Our greatest joy is to see people move toward reaching their dreams.

Every teacher at Westminster Language Academy shares a love for learning and for serving our community.  We look forward to getting to know you and your goals for the future.

What Our Students Are Saying

Our Staff

Our teachers are ESL specialists with years of classroom experience.

Leanna Busse

Leanna has been teaching English for over seventeen years. She has taught a wide variety of students, from senior executives and business people in numerous branches of industry to university, elementary and preschool students. She has lived in China, Germany, Brazil and The United Arab Emirates.

She enjoys camping and hiking with her family, gardening and singing.

Kathie Stabbert

Kathie loves people and helping them connect to their next purpose in life’s journey. She has a B.A. in Social Work and homeschooled her 4 children for 16 years as well as founded a homeschool co-operative for families in the greater Eastside.

She has taught English in China, has traveled to Cambodia, Mexico and Sweden and loves to read and go for walks. Kathie continues to grow in her love for connecting with people as she pursues a Master’s Degree in Counseling.

Mark Pedrin

Mark has been a professional English teacher for fifteen years. He enjoys working with people from many different backgrounds, helping them to reach their personal goals.

Mark has a B.A. in English from Northwest University and a M.Ed. in Education from Seattle University. In addition to teaching in Seattle, he has taught English in Central Asia and India.

Toni Sloan

Toni enjoys learning about her students’ cultures as they learn English and wants her students to feel comfortable in this new home of theirs. She studied Russian before moving to Ukraine to teach ESL for 5 years so she understands how challenging learning a new language can be. She has been teaching ESL a total of 25 years, 17 of those years at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland.

She has an M.A. in Education and TESOL and RSA/CELTA certificates. Be prepared to laugh and have fun if you’re in her class.