Experienced, engaging teachers.

Our native-speaking teachers are trained industry professionals with TEFL, TESOL, and CELTA certification. They have attended Boston University, Harvard University, George Mason University, and other fine institutions. Instructors at BIA have years of teaching experience in the United States and abroad. Our committed teaching staff is passionate about teaching and committed to helping you succeed.


Loren GrayESL Teacher
Loren first became involved working with international students in 2006 at Ventura College. His roles at the time included being the Supplemental Instruction Lead, attached to lower division English classes, and also working as an Anthropology, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology tutor. In 2011, Loren moved to Guam, where he trained people from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Guam, Saipan, Palau, and the Philippines and further discovered his passion for working with diverse cultural backgrounds. The following year he moved to the People’s Republic of China, taking a position as an English instructor at Hunan Information University. There he taught, designed and implemented courses tailored to business English majors. During his time in China, Loren also worked at a private boarding school as part of the International Education Department. There he designed much of the underlying conceptual framework for educating and preparing Chinese high school students bound for universities abroad.
Binita MandaliaESL Teacher
Binita teaches the Intermediate II and Advanced I courses. She spent 3 years teaching English and working for an NGO in Bogotá, Colombia. Binita studied International Relations at Arcadia University in Philadelphia, PA. She is passionate about languages, travel, dance, and photography.
Kramer GibsonESL Teacher
Kramer Gibson, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music is a local educator and performer. After teaching music in the Boston public school system for 2 years, Kramer began teaching ESL to follow his love for foreign languages. A Massachusetts native, his passion for learning and belief that anyone can reach their goals with the right practice and dedication drives his pursuit to create a welcoming environment in all of his classes. In addition to working at BIA, he serves as a Teaching Artist at the local nonprofit Zumix in East Boston, plays drum set in multiple bands, and is trying to learn French.
John O'Donnell TOEFL Teacher
John O’Donnell grew up in the beautiful international city of Montreal. He was always interested in ethnic and cultural diversity and studied international relations as an undergraduate. In graduate school, John also focused on government and international relations. He began teaching ESL as a volunteer, because he loved sharing cultures and languages. He also wanted to do what he could to help immigrants begin their new lives in the United States. John has been teaching since 1992 and is currently teaching TOEFL, grammar, writing and speaking classes. He loves to teach because he can help people reach their personal and academic goals.
Ben HillESL Teacher
Ben is a Boston native and currently teaches Intermediate II. In college he studied philosophy and German, dabbled in sculpture, and for two years worked as a freelance writer and translator in Berlin, Germany. Now back in his hometown, Ben is always seeking to share his passion for language, culture, and travel with friends and students in and out of the classroom. An avid reader of books, Ben also loves to write, sculpt, cook, and play ping pong in his free time.