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Scott Allis, Wuhan EF Education Center for Adults 

A Pennsylvanian, Scott grew up in rural America. Scott majored in Political Science and minored in history.  During his time as a student, he learned Russian and studied abroad at Volgograd State University. Following graduation, Scott moved to China and has been living and teaching in Wuhan for over a year now. 

As an avid reader, you will likely find Scott reading about Philosophy or current events.  He enjoys meeting new people who he learns from about Chinese  culture. 


  • Hometown: Rome, Pennsylvania; USA
  • The Years: Over 1 year in China with EF
  • If I won a million dollars: I would earn a Doctorate degree, then I would spend my spare time writing and never spend longer than three weeks in the same place.
  • What keeps you here:  Growth, both personally and professionally.
  • Advice for new teachers: Make friends with the locals as fast as you can, you will learn a lot more.
  • Contact: scott.allis@ef.com


Tyler Briscoe, Chengdu EF Education Center for Adults

Growing up in a sleepy beach town in California, Tyler graduated University with an itch to see the world. During college, he taught in an English Summer Camp for a local University in Hanzhong. From that moment he got off the plane, he fell in love with the Middle Kingdom. 3 years later, the curiosity is still alive and burning. He loves to “get lost” in the streets of Chengdu, exploring the twists and turns of the alleyways. He loves to just walk. Walk until his feet hurt, because the best way to get the feel of a place is by pounding the pavement. Before coming to EF, He was teaching in Hanzhong, Xuzhou, Xi’an, and finally Chengdu. Before China, he was an Apprentice Welder and a Handyman but got restless with the same schedules, day after day. He joined EF in December 2016 and is now starting his next chapter in China at KJN in Chengdu.


  • Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
  • What keeps you here: The underlying energy present at every turn
  • Advice for New Teachers: Keep on learning something new every day!
  • If I had a million dollars: I would buy, and restore, a German Tiger and Soviet T-34 tank to drive around town.
  • Contact Information: tyler.burns-briscoe@ef.com

Cassandra Valentine, Chongqing Kids and Teens Teacher

Cassie is from the New York/Connecticut area in the USA. Throughout her life, she has always enjoyed traveling to new places and learning about other cultures. After getting her Education degree and spending some time teaching high school English, Cassie decided to gain some more ESL experience while living abroad and got a job teaching kids and teens English in Chongqing, China, the beautiful mountain city. In Chongqing, Cassie enjoys trying new foods, music, and exploring different corners of the city. Cassie joined EF in September 2016 and joined CQ1 in October 2016 after onboarding in Shanghai.  


  • Hometown: Wallingford, CT, USA
  • What keeps you here: The travel opportunities, friendships, and my students!
  • Advice for new teachers: Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.    
  • Contact information: Cassandra.valentine@ef.com

John Kelly, Chongqing Kids and Teens Teacher

Growing up in the part of Florida that no one knows about, John experienced the simple-rural life. In his head he always had dreams of travelling and experiencing everything that the world has to offer. Even after trips throughout the United States and Europe, John never felt more excited then when he studied and travelled in China. Before starting at EF, John graduated from the University of North Florida and taught throughout Jacksonville, Florida. He hopped on a plane and joined EF in August, 2016.

John spends most of his time climbing the mountain city of Chongqing, lugging his camera,  and looking for the perfect shot.


  • Hometown: Old Town, Florida, United States of America
  • What keeps you here: Scenery, People, Food.
  • Advice for new teachers:  Enjoy your hobbies, enjoy your work, and enjoy your life.
  • Contact information: john.kelley@ef.com

Aviance Hendricks , Chongqing Kids and Teens Teacher

Growing up, Aviance always knew she wanted to experience the world and all it had to offer. However, it wasn’t until she embarked on her collegiate journey at THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSIPPI that Aviance realized her education was her ticket to explore the world.  During her tenure at the university she participated in several community service trips across the U.S.  Aviance’s love for meeting new people, and experiencing new adventures was the catalyst for her move to China in June of 2016.  After only 2 days in Shanghai, Aviance immediately extended her contract opting for 15 months.  After 2 months training in the big city, Aviance flew to Chongqing to settle in and prepare for her son’s arrival while becoming acclimated to her work environment and new coworkers. She is enjoying her role as Life Club Specialist and serving as a mentor.  The immense amount of personal and professional growth she has experienced has given her an invaluable experience. Her advice to anyone wanting to take that leap of faith: All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware, but it is on these journeys you discover who you truly are.

• Contact information: aviance.hendricks@ef.com

Johnathan Dublin , Chongqing Kids and Teens Teacher

Growing up, Johnathan always had a strong desire to travel.  Being from where he was from he never realized the options that he had in order to reach his goals of travelling around the world. After moving around a lot as a young student, Johnathan met many different types of people and realized that everyone has their own story to tell.  The only thing that was left was for Johnathan to tell others about his story one day.  Before joining EF, Johnathan was a sixth grade social studies teacher in North Carolina. In September 2016, Johnathan came to EF and stayed in Shanghai for 6 weeks then moved to Chongqing to continue his teaching with EF.

  • Advice for new teachers: No matter what you may encounter, stay true to who you are and let your inner light show. That is what is going to help you be the best you can be.
  • Contact information: johnathan.dublin@ef.com 

Thomas Doyle, Nanjing EF Education Center, Adults Teacher

Coming from a smaller city in Ohio, Tom always wanted to travel and teach. After spending 15 years as an elementary Teacher in Ohio and North Carolina Tom finally found the right time to travel abroad in 2011. After spending time India, Tom decided to come to China and found the right environment with E.F. While beginning the first month in Shanghai Tom next moved to his current location in Nanjing where he is starting his sixth year.


  • Advice for new teachers: Showing an ability to be flexible and understanding is key when working with the many students who come to E.F.
  • Contact information: thomas.doyle@ef.com

A few more!

Lyon Hardy, Wuhan EF Education Center, Adults Teacher

  • Contact information: leon.hardy@ef.com

Lacey Goodloe, Xi'an EF Education Center, Adults Teacher

  • Contact information: lacey.goodloe@ef.com

Jin Chen, Wuhan EF Education Center, Adults Teacher

  • Contact information: jin.chen@ef.com


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