Here at ALI, we want to help students grow in their English abilities and reach their highest potential.
Why Choose Us?
- Help in improving your English, passing the TOEFL, and learning about American culture.
- A student-centered, interactive learning experience.
- Caring, well-qualified teachers.
- A community of new friends from around the world.
- Guidance in pursuing higher education.
American Learning Institute
Meet Our Team
Shawn Leigh opened ALI in 2009 with one student and has now exceeded 200 students in 2017. Shawn has a vision to continue expanding the school.
“American Learning Institute (ALI) is an English as a Second Language program provider for adults, specifically for those who want to learn English in the U.S. for their academic or non-academic goals. ALI also provides its students with opportunities to learn English with an understanding of American culture.”
Kasandra Miller started in 2013 as an instructor and student advisor. She became the Director of Student Affairs and DSO in 2015, then became PDSO in 2017. Kasandra can help students with SEVIS records, school transfers, attendance concerns, and overall program concerns.
“In a global world where English is the international language, we strive to provide our students with the language skills they need to achieve their goals. We welcome students who want to experience the culture of America in Dallas. Our instructors are passionate about helping our students take the next step in their education.”
Student Affairs Director/PDSO
Ari Lopez oversees all academic aspects of the school, from managing teachers to designing curricula. Ari ensures that ALI is providing a strong academic program geared toward student success.
Alma Chaires began in 2013 as an instructor and now fulfills the dual role of instructor and Academic Advisor. Alma administers placement tests for incoming students and oversees the remediation program for students needing extra help to succeed at ALI. Students who do not pass their classes are required to meet with Alma multiple times per term.
Rachel Hammouri started as an instructor and now fulfills the dual role of instructor and Student Services Coordinator. Rachel helps students with the application process for attending American universities and colleges. Students can schedule an appointment with Rachel to receive guidance on education options after completing their program at ALI.
Student Services Coordinator
Student Advisors/Office Staff