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A Foundation for Success
Founded by Dr. Bri Ribaj, Grammaticos, the larger banner, started as a personalized in-class and virtual learning program in the Pacific Northwest and has since grown to become a comprehensive learning system that caters to students of every age throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.
Dr. Bri Ribaj,
Dr. Bri is an award-winning Humanities professor and published author. Her formidable track record of success spans both higher academia, education consultancy, as well as the private sector, having led thousands of employees across the Telecommunications and Consumer Finance sectors.
After receiving her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Utah (2006), Dr. Bri taught and researched at The Ohio State University where she developed new MA- and PhD-level graduate courses as well as tens of Humanities undergraduate courses. In addition to Ohio State, she has taught at Wayne State University, the University of Utah, and Brigham Young University. After a successful career in higher academia, Dr. Bri entered the private sector managing large teams in Telecommunications for both BCE and Telus, Consumer Electronics, as well as Consumer Finance.
Dr. Bri’s diverse academic research covers an array of topics from Philosophy, Linguistics, Foreign Language instruction, Gender Theory, Interpretations of Technology, Technical Writing, Standardized Testing, History, Popular Culture, Literary Theory and Cinematic Studies.
She has been published in a number of highly reputable, peer-reviewed journals and has delivered tens of addresses and invited speeches across academia and business.
Business Philosophy & Experience
As a business executive, Dr. Bri clearly saw a need in the corporate space for more effective training to facilitate written and verbal communication, across all levels of management and leadership. While there, she created a Performance Management tool aimed at helping her teams learn new product information quickly and organically and smartly bring it to the customer base so they could best learn the features and benefits of new products and services. After leading all of her immediate teams across three different industries to unprecedented success, she founded Grammaticos and iGPS which synthesizes her extensive educational experience and qualifications in higher academia with her unique business acumen and perspective. Following the adage that ‘we expect what we inspect’ while in the business sector, she brought this behavior to the education management model as well. Our students learn through the program how to measure their work daily and how to achieve their goals by employing a fragmentation model and tracing their progress step by step.
A veritable entrepreneur and successful practitioner of the business enterprise, Mr. Diao brings to iGPS years of experience and a most impressive track record spanning over two decades. After receiving his MBA, Mr. Diao put to practice his already entrepreneurial nature having founded a number of startups and having invested wisely across industries. An avid believer in education and the free market, Mr. Diao feels strongly about two things: the value of a quality education and how much it can transform a person’s life and the genius of the free market and how it rewards innovation, hard work, and genuine collaboration.
A resume full of business achievements is just one aspect of his experience, however. What he truly is passionate about is education and how to best bring quality educational solutions to students of varying skill levels and different degrees of access to opportunity. Mr. Diao has excelled in such industries as Health Care, Hospitality, and Finance. A naturally curious person, Mr. Diao especially thrives being in an environment where he can rely on his business acumen, diverse experience, and his ardent love for education.
Mr. Diao’s first foray into education was in 2003 when he established a private learning institution with the sole purpose of helping international students enrol locally at such universities as UBC and SFU. Moreover, he also helped DeVry University to open the Chinese market between the years of 2007-2010. This particular venture allowed him to rely on both his previous education experience as well as his business expertise.
Mr. Diao is thrilled to spearhead Sales and Operations as Chief Operating Officer for iGPS where he gets to synthesize his love of education and his marketing expertise in an innovative and exciting space as iGPS brings its education solutions to a local community through our brick-and-mortar locations and globally through our already established virtual presence.
Lisa Tang oversees Marketing for iGPS as Chief Marketing Officer after successfully lending her expertise, incomparable work ethic, and love of education to all the other members across the Grammaticos banner. Ms. Tang has an uncompromising love for learning and education having spent the entirety of her adult life contributing to the amelioration of education having sat in a number of boards, having supported educational efforts across K-12 for the better part of two decades, and after helping found, develop, and see to incredible success a number of businesses in the private education sphere.
She has a number of passions within the realm of education but one that stands out is Client Experience. Her warm presence, caring predisposition, and genuine desire to see every student reach their potential, helps her connect naturally and instantly with all of our clients.
Ms. Tang has created a system of measuring centring around Client Experience quality control which works in tandem with our pedagogy team as we carefully track, measure, and deliver top results for all of our clients.
A tireless advocate for quality education and a lover of learning, Ms. Tang believes deeply in the importance of building robust foundations of learning for the purpose of having all the necessary tools to succeed not only academically but also in life.
Ms. Tang and her team focus their efforts on both aspects of our business, the in-classroom experience in North America as well as our virtual learning which spans across continents supporting students across ages and skill levels.
Dr. Camille Nelson
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Camille has visited more than 70 countries and speaks German and Italian. She also spent years living in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland and Italy prior to and while pursuing her Master’s degrees at the University of Utah and Utah State University and later her Ph.D. at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Camille taught undergraduate and graduate courses in English as a Second Language, Language Acquisition, German, Business, Marketing and Leadership. She has a great passion for languages, pedagogy, and helping students achieve their academic and life goals.
Camille also enjoys sports and has run a marathon on all seven continents. She currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland with her sweet husband and little adorable dog, Molly.
Prof. Joanna Straughn
Joanna Straughn is a Best of Small Press Distribution winner and winner of the Best of Ellipsis Journal prize. Her poems have appeared in a number of highly reputable, nationally ranked literary journals associated with colleges, universities, and arts organizations. After receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Utah, 2002, Joanna was selected as Poet in Residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
She has been invited to read her poetry at colleges and universities and other venues for the public. She has an extensive background in literary studies, especially in poetry and poetics. She has a thorough knowledge of literary history in English as well as interest and knowledge of world literature. She has presented articles analyzing and discussing literature at nationally-ranked conferences for English and Comparative Literature. She is presently a Ph.D. candidate in sociology where her studies include a wide array of topics including gender theory and the role of arts and culture in society.
Kamren hails from Cache Valley in northern Utah. As a child, he excelled both as a student and as a musician and took every chance to explore the world around him. He studied at Utah State University and Brigham Young University, with additional studies in Poland and Ukraine. Kamren’s primary studies were in Russian, German, and linguistics, with a particular interest in historical and comparative Slavic and national and linguistic restoration within the German and Slavic regions. Additionally, he spent two years working and teaching in the Czech Republic.
He supports courses on the fundamentals of reading and writing, as well as select courses including Early Literature, Shakespeare, and Advanced Placement-level English and History. His instructional approach is interactive, high-energy, collaborative, and creative.
Kamren knows German, Czech, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, and Spanish. He has taught intensive Czech to beginners as well as university-level business Russian and Mr. Kamren Russian grammar and composition.
He has performed with Utah Festival Opera as well as with the American Festival Chorus and Singers and has experience and training in vocal pedagogy.
In addition to entertaining his many interests, Kamren still never tires of wandering the mountains surrounding his home and finding restoration there. He also enjoys studying traditional and folk healing arts.
Jorge Paez is a language instructor from Argentina, currently living in the US. He has a BS in Social Science with a Minor in French from Westminster College and an MA in Languages Literature with French emphasis from the University of Utah.
He has taught French and Spanish at this institution. Jorge is also a translator and interpreter for the Utah State Court system and has extensive experience in international business. He has worked for companies like Oracle, American Mr. Jorge Express, Iomega (now Lenovo), and Matrixx Marketing. Jorge enjoys the outdoors, swimming, yoga, and high-intensity training. He has a passion for travel and exploring different cultures.
Daniel is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (2014) with a Masters Degree in English. He has taught for over a decade, working with kids from early Elementary school, through to postsecondary and adult learning.
He teaches courses on the fundamentals of reading and writing, as well as select courses including Early Literature, Shakespeare, and Advanced Placement-level English and History. His teaching approach is interactive, high-energy, collaborative, and creative. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and son, and enjoys music, baseball, and hikes through the beautiful North Shores backwoods.
Laura is an educator passionate about leveraging her experience in creative writing and communications to improve her students ‘ English language skills. Having graduated with a degree in Media and Communications from the University of Western Ontario, Laura has extensive knowledge in creative writing and public speaking through her experience working as a communication and content specialist for multiple multinational companies.
Laura is well traveled and in the pursuit of broadening her perspective, she has visited over 50 countries.
She has a great passion for higher education and helping her students achieve their goals in the academic and personal sphere.
Laura also enjoys running, cycling and Thai boxing and has completed multiple marathons and Iron Man triathlon races. She currently lives in Hong Kong, where she continues to actively involve herself in the community through volunteering and sports.
Annabelle was raised in a German-speaking family in Geneva, Switzerland, in the French-speaking area of the country. Growing up in a linguistically diverse setting, surrounded by different languages and cultures, instilled in her a natural love and passion for linguistics. The cultural diversity she was born into made her appreciate other people, countries, and ways of life which is something she puts to practice every day as a citizen of the world.
Annabelle is United States-educated, earning her degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts at the reputable Brigham Young University which is a world-renowned institution for its Linguistics Undergraduate and Graduate programs. Passionate about languages and culture, she now lives near Zurich in German-speaking Switzerland where she raises her six-year-old, trilingual daughter, Rose.
Annissa was raised in Paris and has lived and studied in Utah and Colorado in the United States of America where she pursued a Master’s Degree in French and Language Acquisition while travelling on all five continents. She has taught undergraduate French at the University of Utah as well as all levels of secondary French including IB French, AP French and beginner Spanish.
Annissa’s passions include art and creativity, history, health, food, and personal well-being.
She coached creative and healing arts for well-being and lifestyle, and as a nationally certified tourist guide in Provence, France and an artist, she now shares her knowledge and passion of French provincial culture teaching and giving tours of the region for the discovery of its art, cultural history, architecture, and gastronomy.
Heather is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English Language and Literature, and History.
She also holds a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and is certified to teach by the Ontario College of Teachers.
Starting in January 2021, she will begin studying to obtain her Master of Education at the University of Ottawa.
Heather has taught in a variety of settings, including working with at-risk youth, international students online, as a Literacy Coach, and in rigorous academic programs while traveling through Europe.
Her pedagogic approach centers on literacy for all, as she believes that reading and writing hold the key to success and to creating global citizens.
She has spent many years figure skating as both an athlete and coach for Skate Canada, and has a passion for travel, photography, and exploring nature. Heather grew up and lives in the historic city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada with her little dog Darcy and nearby to her family.
Katy is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, where she double-majored in English and Communication, then went on to earn her Master’s in Teaching. She spent five years as a high school ELA teacher in Massachusetts, before returning to her west coast roots.
She is passionate about collaborative and inquiry-based learning, and strives to challenge each student to meet their goals.
Katy enjoys writing creative fiction, reading, baking, candle making, and exploring the greater Vancouver area with her husband and pug.
Asif received his early education at Aitchison College Lahore, which is about 150 years old and is considered to be one of the finest boarding schools in South Asia.
He went on to get a Master’s degree in English Literature, a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – CELTA. He has also done various teaching courses from Australia, UK, China and Canada. He has been teaching English Language and Literature since 2004 which include his 16 years of teaching at an international school in Beijing, China which had students from more than 52 nationalities of the world.
Owing to his qualifications, experience and leadership qualities, Asif has simultaneously held administrative positions of Head of English and Vice Principal.
Asif believes in activity and project based learning which centers around students which is why his classes are interactive, fun and enjoyable.
He is an ardent supporter of the use of inquiry and technology in teaching and learning and his favorite maxim is W. B. Yeats: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
Apart from English language and literature, Asif’s academic interests include test prep such as IELTS, AP Comparative Government & Politics, US Government and Politics and Human Geography.
Asif has a passion for travel and enjoys yoga, meditation and hypnotism.
Asif lives in Burnaby, British Columbia with his wife and two teenage children.