Our Team

Staff Directory

President

Dave Merkley, BS Business Administration

David learned to love languages at a young age. After high school, he lived in Brazil for two years as a missionary and taught English classes on occasion. Then he attended university in Colorado, USA, where he got a degree in business. He then spent the next 20 years in corporate management and entrepreneurship before getting involved in English language schools. He has a passion for helping others, and for languages.

  • English
  • Portugese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Arabic
  • Chinese

Center Director

Mikle Merkley, BS

Mikle enjoys the study and use of language, and the possibility to communicate despite language differences. He believes language is essential to an individual’s understanding of their world and their ability to build relationships.

Mikle’s passion for language began when he was young, as he grew up around individuals who spoke multiple languages. He first studied language (Spanish) formally throughout his four years in high school. Later, he studied Italian in a high-intensity, immersive program for six weeks before moving to Italy, where he lived for two years as a religious missionary. During that time he volunteered teaching English on a weekly basis, as well as tutoring students in an after-school program for a period.

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Jamal Jaradat

Jamal earned his TESOL Certification from Huntington University in 2011, and taught at Exodus Refugee Immigration for a year and has been a part of the Globalcom family since 2012. Jamal has lived overseas for 23 years and is bilingual in English and Arabic. He enjoys playing sports, reading, and traveling.

  • English
  • Arabic

Curt R. Lentsch

MA – Applied Linguistics, U of Illinois-Chicago, 1988

PhD – Education (Curriculum & Instruction), U of Illinois, 1999

1989-1990, 1997-2008: Teaching English in China institutions of higher ed  – Subject areas: 4 skills (reading/writing/listening/speaking), American & British Literature intros, Western Civilization, Intro Linguistics courses

 

2010 -2017 – higher ed in Hong Kong – subject areas: 4 skills, applied linguistics courses

Office Manager

Lucas Bazotti Da Silva

BS in International Business from University of Utah

  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French