Meet the Faculty

Anna Drexler

Anna Drexler

Director, Instructor 

B.A.Asian studies, Coe College

M.F.A. Creative writing, University of Oregon

TESOL certificate, The School for International Training

She has taught composition and creative writing at the University of Oregon and ESL in Tokyo, Bangkok and Chicago. Her interests include teaching reading, writing and discussion skills through poetry, short stories and essays.

Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh


B.A. Asian languages and literature, M.A. in Japanese pedagogy, University of Iowa

She holds an Iowa state teacher’s license for Japanese and ESL. As an undergraduate she studied abroad in Japan and draws upon her experience to connect with students at Coe. Her interests include connecting domestic and international students through pronunciation practice in the classroom and fostering community connections between local families and students through FIS-CR, a host family program she established for Coe international students.