Our Principal

Michael Mityok

Michael Mityok

  • UBC: BA in Literature and BEd in Education
  • 25+ years of teaching experience
  • 10+ years of university counselor/pathway experience

Our Instructors

Kyle D'Odorico
photo of Karl Manfred Kuepper

Kyle D’Odorico
University of Victoria – Creative Writing
University of British Columbia – MFA in Creative Writing

Experience

  • 6 years full-time teaching experience
  • Screenwriter
  • Nominated for multiple writing awards

Kyle’s interests are largely creative: he likes filmmaking, photography, and creative writing, particularly stage and screen writing. He also enjoys literature, particularly Canadian contemporary and Shakespeare. Kyle enjoys teaching at ACE because it provides him with an opportunity to implement a curriculum based around his students. The 1-on-1 feedback he receives from working in small classes and getting to know each student individually allows him to design his lesson plans based on student needs, focusing on what each kid needs the most. It’s consistently challenging as he must adapt to many different learning styles and levels, but it lets him focus on one fundamental goal — getting every student more comfortable engaging with literature and writing.

Courses taught:

  • Creative Writing
  • Cinematography
  • English Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Reading & Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • 1on1 Writing
  • Essay Consultation & Guidance

Lana Kholcheva
Simon Fraser University – English Literature

Experience

  • Two years of academic tutoring for Langara College as per a professor’s recommendation: specializing in post-secondary level essay writing and research
  • Two years of independent tutoring students ranging from Elementary school to University level
  • Two and a half years tutoring online, native English speakers and ESL students: reading comprehension, vocabulary, general writing and speaking skills
Lana has devoted her time to learning the English language, and in turn, helping others learn it. Lana has worked with a large variety of students and enjoys discussing their views on the subjects at hand. Well-versed in literary analysis of a large variety of texts, Lana enjoys presenting ideas to her students in order to develop their analytical and comprehension skills. From science-themed reports to poetry, she aims to make any subject fun and easy to understand. 
Lana is a creative short story writer and screenwriter. Lana mostly enjoys watching comedy, adventure, and psychological thriller movies, but most importantly – crime themed TV series.

Courses taught:

  • Academic Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Literary Analysis
  • Grammar
  • Speech and Writing
  • Transitional English
photo of Karl Manfred Kuepper

Karl Kuepper
California State University – English Literature

Experience

  • 10+ years of English teaching experience
  • taught English in five different countries and to students ages five to seventy-five

Karl earned his AA degree in medical illustration at Der Kölner Werkshullen fur Bildenden Kunst, a BA in English Literature at California State University, Sacramento, as well as a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering. He also earned his electrical journeyman’s ticket from The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers # 180 in San Francisco. While in Saudi Arabia he earned his offshore sailing licence in Jeddah, and learned to fly at Karl Harter Field in Lincoln, California.

All of the aforementioned financed by working at whatever time, place and circumstance presented, from pick & shovel laborer to electrical engineer for Siemens Power Generation in Timelkam, Austria and The National Science Foundation at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

His most passionate pursuit is teaching, in particular the teaching of English. The international standard for virtually all forms of communication and will remain so due to the adaptability of the English language, ready and willing to accept words and entire phrases of other languages, colloquialisms, slang and “eh-gads” even rap!  

Karl has taught English in five different countries and to students ages five to seventy-five. As such he enthusiastically looks forward to pass on his knowledge of this lovely language. Extensive as his skills might be, students should take heart, as even within this diatribe more than an error or two.

Courses taught:

  • Academic Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Literary Analysis
  • Grammar
  • Transitional English
  • Reading & Writing