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IAE San Diego, still located very close to Downtown-San Diego. Mission Valley is near all of San Diego’s freeways making access a breeze. From the miles of scenic San Diego beaches, the underwater adventures at SeaWorld, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, to the vibrant nightlife of downtown San Diego featuring the Gaslamp Quarter and PETCO Park, there’s no shortage of fun and exciting things to do and see . IAE San Diego is also located across from the Fashion Valle shopping center.
IAE San Diego offers English classes every Monday through Thursday. Students attend class for 5 hours each day. Morning sessions: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Contact Information

  • 123 Camino de La Reina Suite 100 North
    San Diego, CA 92108
  • +1 (619) 232-8768
  • info@sdiae.edu


Denise Souza Mastro

Administrative Director

Universidade De Mogi Das Cruzes: Bachelors in Physical Education, Sao Paulo
Universidade Santana E Sao Paulo: Master in General Education, Sao Paulo
Other languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Email: dmastro@sdiae.edu

Christopher Yerkes

Academic Site Director

Christopher is a San Diego native who has taught in California, Oklahoma, and Hungary. He received his bachelor’s degree from Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe, his TESL/TEFL certification from the American Language Institute, and his Master’s degree in Theology from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. In his spare time he enjoys climbing, reading, going to the beach, and watching Liverpool Football Club.

Marie Ellerby

Operations Coordinator/PDSO

Marie Ellerby has been teaching English since 2005 after training through the University of Cambridge at the Bell Language School, England. She established her English language services business in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, offering German-to-English translations, presentation coaching, industrial video voice-overs, accent modification workshops, and a full range of English language instruction. She created tailor-made courses to meet the needs of individual clients in a variety of industries and businesses and thrived on learning the ins and outs of what were previously unknown fields to her. She taught plant managers, engineers, apprentices, administrators, and assembly line workers English skills for success within their specific areas. Marie also taught traditional curriculum at a German secondary school, tutored privately, and kept primary school teachers up to date with their English-language teaching skills.

Email: mellerby@sdiae.edu

Mari Hellman

Student Services/Administrative Assistant

Mari Hellman has over 30 years of experience in managing and public relations. She graduated from OSEC in Sao Paulo, Brazil with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Public Relations. She worked as the purchasing and importing manager at one of Brazil’s largest private banks, Banco Itau, for over 15 years. She has over 500 hours of volunteering work at Scripps Clinic and Green Hospital. She also volunteered in an elementary to eighth grade school, helping children improving their reading skills. She later opened her own small business in the USA, educating and caring for children for over 12 years. She speaks English and Portuguese fluently, and conversational Spanish.

Email: mhellman@sdiae.edu


Christopher Yerkes

Christopher is a San Diego native who has taught in California, Oklahoma, and Hungary. He received his bachelor’s degree from Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe, his TESL/TEFL certification from the American Language Institute, and his Master’s degree in Theology from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. In his spare time he enjoys climbing, reading, going to the beach, and watching Liverpool Football Club.

Jorge Mariategui Lopez

Jorge is a teacher with eleven years of teaching, training, and tutoring experience. Seven of those years have been spent teaching ESL. He first graduated from San Diego State University with a major in Religious Studies and a History minor. This allowed Jorge to want to see the world and learn about other cultures. Also, he had always wanted to teach. He spent a few years as a substitute teacher, as a musician, and as an Autism behavioral therapist. Little did he know that after all these experiences he would end up teaching English, right after college, abroad, in South Korea.
After spending a year in South Korea, teaching elementary students, lawyers, doctors, and other teachers, Jorge decided that ESL is what he wanted to do. Hence, he later decided to get an English teaching certificate. His desire to travel and further learn how to teach English led him to The Language house in Prague, Czech Republic. There, Jorge graduated at the top of his class and felt more prepared to teach English.

Olga Netchunajeva

Olga is a native of Estonia- a small country in Northern Europe. She received M. A. degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of St. Petersburg, Russia. She taught English to high schoolers in Tallinn, Estonia for more than 15 years. She also worked with EFL students at colleges in both Estonia and Russia. Olga is fluent in Russian and Estonian, and speaks some Spanish and French. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Uriel Murillo Sosa

Uriel  is a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. At the age of 5, he immigrated to the United States without speaking one word of English. Soon, however, he was able to excel in English through his love for reading and writing fiction. He now masters both English and Spanish at the Native Speaker Level.

Uriel completed a Bachelor of Arts in English (with a specialization in Linguistics) and a TESL/TEFL Certificate from San Diego State University in 2014. Later that year, he moved to China to try his luck as an English teacher for elementary aged English students. The experience changed his life, as it taught him the value of being both “book smart” and “street smart” in a completely different geographical, cultural, and linguistic environment.

After returning to San Diego in early 2015, Uriel began teaching full time with the International Academy of English in downtown. There he fell in love with assisting international adults through their personal and professional goals and experiences. IAE has also provided Uriel the perfect opportunity to develop his career as an educator, cultural ambassador, and personal mentor.

In the fall of 2016, Uriel decided to continue his academic interests by attending graduate school at New York University Madrid in Spain. He finished an intensive one year Master of Arts program in Spanish and Latin American Literary, Linguistic and Cultural Studies. His research culminated in the completion of a Master’s Thesis focused on a cultural study of San Diego’s binational, bilingual, and bicultural Mexican/American community and its relation to contemporary US border and immigration politics.

Uriel returned to San Diego, once again, in the fall of 2017. He could not stay away from the wonderful weather, the excellent international community, and his Aikido (martial arts) school, where he now holds the rank of shodan.

All of these experiences have taught Uriel the value of education and openness to the diversity of the world. Uriel hopes to continue using English to teach, travel, and mentor others around the globe, and continue on to a PhD sometime in the future.

Troy Whalen


Troy is a native San Diegan who has a true passion for language. He is a linguistically trained ESL/EFL teacher, who received a degree in psycho-linguistics and acquired his TESL/TEFL certificate at California State University.
Troy has taught in various locations, such as Chinese and Mongolian schools and American University. During this time, he has educated people of different ages and skill levels, from the most basic concepts to the most advanced. Using his multi-cultural experiences, he hopes to connect to, understand and guide his students better, as they evolve in a new culture themselves.
Troy teaches for his student’s success and hopes to continue to push students towards a native-like fluency in all areas of English. He takes pride in his students, especially those that show great improvement, and hopes to see them all benefit from his lessons.