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Center for English Language Education

Professors & Staff

At Northwest University, we pride ourselves in providing excellent service in all we do. Our staff and professors are passionate about culture and education and provide individual support to students to help them succeed and reach their goals.

Professors & Staff

Dr. Autumn Witt, Director and Associate Provost

Autumn spent 3 years teaching English and training teachers in northern Japan before coming back to the US to teach ESL at universities. Autumn completed her MA in English Linguistics and her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition.

Li Lowry, Director of International Student Services

Li has lived all around the world, and has assisted international students in New Zealand, the UK, and now here in Seattle. She is an expert at student immigration counseling and can answer all your questions.

Laura Lucht, Assistant Director for Short Term Programs

Laura is an expert language learner! She is fluent in Spanish and Russian and has studied Kazakh, Azerbaijani, and even worked as a linguist in Azerbaijan before coming to CELE.

Kristen Ross, CELE Program Coordinator

Kristen has an international enthusiasm, and recently lived in Vietnam and Thailand. She will make you feel welcome in the CELE program, and facilitates cultural exchange opportunities.


Our professors are professionals with years of teaching experience and academic degrees. They have teaching background in many different international contexts. They love teaching because they love students. Professors are available to tutor students after class if they are struggling. Our professors help students participate in active and challenging lessons.