Meet the Staff

Kathryn Kohut (International Program Manager)

Student Services - International Student Center
Biography

I have worked in international education for over 15 years and have worked with students from more than 30 countries. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Russian from the University of the Pacific, and my Master’s in Education from Drexel University. I’ve also been an international student when I studied in St. Petersburg, Russia. I understand how rewarding and challenging it can be to study in a different country. Besides Russia, I lived and worked in Chiba City, Japan for 2 years on the JET Program as an English language teacher. I love travelling, learning foreign languages, playing piano, and enjoying the beaches of Pacifica with my 2 year old daughter and terrier dog. I’m also a foodie and enjoy trying new restaurants in the Bay Area.

 

Cecilia Costelow (Program Services Coordinator, International Service Program)

Student Services - International Student Center
 Biography

Greetings from Cañada College! I have worked in international education for more than six years including time spent teaching French in the United States, and working and studying abroad in both France and Argentina. Before coming to Cañada College, I served as a Designated School Official at a private ESL school in Denver where I worked with students from all over the world. In my free time I love to travel and spend time outdoors with friends and family. I do my best to maintain my language skills in French and Spanish by attending as many language conversation meetups as possible! I have a BA and secondary teaching credentials from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

 

International Student Ambassadors

They can each be contacted at 650-381-3544 and by email at caninternational@smccd.edu.

If you are interested in becoming an International Student Ambassador, please submit an application by the drop deadline of each semester.  Please find a job description, application, and recommendation forms here.

My name is Hongli (Bob) Zhao. I'm currently an international student from China studying Mathematics at Canada College. I enjoy learning languages, traveling, reading and writing about philosophy

- I'm currently the Commissioner of Finance at Associated Students of Canada College, our student government. I work as an International Student Ambassador at the International Student Center, and as an Economics and English tutor at the Learning Center as well. Additionally, I am the club representative for the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on campus. I also lead a group named the International Unity Club that supports ESL students and help them better adapt and assimilate as students in the US.

- Favorite thing about Cañada: Small and cozy environment with passionate and supporting peers and faculty / Small campus but big students with strong and ambitious vision
 

My name is Bindi Lee. I’m majoring in Interior Design and originally from Taiwan. This is my second semester at Cañada and also my second semester as an International Student Ambassador. My experience as an International Student Ambassador has been wonderful, insightful, and fulfilling. It’s a place where I feel at home. I really enjoy helping my peers on campus. Through helping them, I have learned a lot of different things which has truly amazed me. Of course, throughout the semesters, I have also received help from my fellow international students, both emotionally and academically. All in all, International Student Office is a warm place with positive, motivated and knowledgeable people. 

 
Luis Mendez
Citizenship: El Salvador
Major: Business
Interests: soccer, mentoring other students, Tai Kwon Do
Campus Involvement: ASCC Student Body President, Phi Theta Kappa, Tutor in the Learning Center, International Student Ambassador