President Michelle has many years of experience in the exchange student industry. She saw a need for quality homestay programs and founded H2H to fill that need. Michelle is extremely passionate about foreign exchange having so many experiences with it in her life. She is very caring and works hard to ensure that every participant has an experience of a lifetime that they will never forget. As a mom of three, all of her children are very involved in our programs and love to interact with all of our participants.
I have a few things that have inspired me to be in this industry and I’d like to share some of them with you. My family started hosting when I was a child. We hosted many Japanese exchange students, I always enjoyed learning about their culture and teaching them what I could about mine. I know that this changed the way I viewed people and cultures that were different than mine.
Also, my mother is German and her family lives in Germany, so as a child I spent three summers in Germany living with family. It was a little bit like being an exchange student myself, new culture, new language, new people, new places, new foods. This is something that has shown me how exchange students staying with us must feel. It helped me to open my heart to people experiencing the same and inspired me to try to help them have an amazing experience.
In high school, I went into English class, after a little while I noticed there was a new student sitting at a table all alone. I of course asked, “who is she?” the teacher told me she was an exchange student from Japan. So of course, I walked over, sat with her and introduced myself. We became great friends and are still friends to this day.
I want to inspire people of all ages, races, backgrounds and cultures to do that same take that step, open your homes, open your hearts, make new friends and grow your international family.
Tim & Ramona have worked as a team coordinating for the last 3 years. Tim works full time for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department and has been a deputy sheriff for 22 years. He is the logistical mastermind of their team. Tim enjoys meeting new people and learning about different cultures. His current goals include acquiring a second language so that when he travels he can develop deeper connections with the people he meets.
Ramona has worked with students from various countries over the past 10 years. She is a full time middle school teacher and avid traveler. She has twin daughters that have already left the nest so she loves being a part of the program and enjoys spending time with our student travelers. She is the energy of the team and is always willing to ride one more ride at the amusement parks! Ramona is a coordinator and ESL teacher for the students which allows her to form that deeper connection with them.
Kelly has been teaching ESL for six years and has a passion for education. She implements evidence based teaching strategies into every lesson that aims to fully engage each student while providing a multi-sensory learning experience. Kelly and her family also enjoy their time being a host family and love learning about other cultures. She is currently working as a special education teacher while pursuing her master’s degree in education with an added extensive support needs credential and English learner authorization.
Venessa has been a coordinator for several years now and absolutely loves it. She is very outgoing, friendly, open minded and respects everyone’s culture. She has taught ESL classes to exchange students and enjoys ever moment she has with her students. Venessa and her family have hosted exchange students. They love hosting and learning from their students. They enjoy teaching their students their culture and traditions as well. Venessa has 5 children 4 daughters, 1 son and her husband. She has a large family and enjoys everything that come with it. She comes from a multi cultural family.
Her mother is Mexican and father is Venezuelan so she knows first hand the importance that all cultures have to offer. She believes that family is everything. She respects the importance of everyone’s traditions. She wants to make sure participants have a great experience. She hopes to gain a life time friendship with everyone she meets in this program.
Jessica hosted her first exchange student 6 years ago and and loved everything about the program. She was a project manager for years prior and found a lot of joy coordinating exchange programs. She wants to help connect more families with students and spread the excitement and education that comes with different cultural experiences. She has a wonderful husband and an amazing son that enjoys traveling with her and meeting new people.
She is welcoming, organized, enthusiastic and reliable. She wants to help students learn and experience different cultures.
She loves music and marital arts, being a Mom and she’s a photographer.
Helen has been a coordinator and ESL teacher for serval years now and has a lot of experience. She very energetic and great with time management. Helen has been married for 24 years. She has a 17 year old son and a French Bulldog. She loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her family. She recently completed her masters in education and working toward her doctorate. She currently works as a teacher in a middle school where she teaches a STEM wheel class. She focuses on developing a curriculum that is hands-on and game based to engage and motivate students. Helen believes in building a strong community with her students and her families to ensure a successful year!
Olivia was an exchange student herself for her first year in the US. She also attended Pittsburg State University (PSU) for her BS and MS degrees. She returned to Korea and started working as an English teacher. She has a wonderful husband and son that enjoy traveling with her and meeting new people. She is really interested in exchange programs. She is enthusiastic and reliable. She want to help students meet different cultures and have new experiences! She loves her students and family.
When Yoshi was 16 years old he was an exchange student in Jacksonville, Florida for one year. He learned there are many different people and cultures in the world. He decided to work in the exchange student industry to help other young students come to the US and experience what he did. He has worked in the industry now for more than 30 years.