Global citizenship through language learning and cultural engagement
Learning without borders
Our story began in Hawaii, where the founders noticed something remarkable happening while working at a summer retreat open to students from Korea and the United States. Over the month-long camp, they witnessed students’ foreign language skills and cultural curiosity bloom rapidly and organically as the campers participated in high-interest experiences that required communication and cooperation. This sparked an idea - could this same level of engagement, enthusiasm, and efficacy be replicated in formal learning environments like schools and academies?
With this question in mind, the founders set out to create a program that could leverage the expertise of a multilingual, multinational teacher team to inspire students of all backgrounds to become global citizens. And so, ChatENG began. Thousands of students, multiple continents, and many languages later, we’re still working to make language learning and cross-cultural education accessible around the world.
After working for 25 years in international finance, Sam founded Camp Hokukea and co-founded ChatENG Inc., companies dedicated to providing innovative education and child development programs. He is an advisor to a number of successful start-up companies and remains connected to the finance world through his directorship on the board of Pepper Savings Bank. Sam graduated as a History Major from Wesleyan University.
Kayci is a learning and linguistics enthusiast. She taught in the US and Asia and oversaw multilingual instructional programs before putting her love of language to work as a communications specialist for international organizations. She holds an M.Ed. in ESL Curriculum & Instruction from LSU Shreveport and a B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University. She is the proud product of Mississippi public schools.
Diana coordinates client success, quality control, and student engagement. She wrote education content for an edtech company and taught English to senior high school students in Korea.
She also provided training and follow-up coaching to remote English language teachers based in the Philippines. Diana graduated with a degree in Russian Language and Literature from Yonsei University.
Jaclyn is an experienced language educator and learning designer focused on finding creative, culturally-responsive solutions to catalyze students’ development in learning languages online. Jaclyn earned an M.Ed. from Harvard University.
After working for 17 years in finance with investment banks such as Morgan Stanley and Samsung Securities, Dave left the industry to join YANADOO, one of Korea’s biggest online English education players, with a focus on teaching as well as developing curriculum for its offline product. Dave holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Yefei brings deep private sector experience from the U.S. edtech/curriculum landscape. He was a Product Manager at Nearpod the award-winning teaching platform, where he led content development, go-to-market, and product implementation for teachers of English Learners. He has his doctorate and master's in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Our teachers empower us to provide classes that are rigorous, engaging, and effective for all learners.