Philip Rigby

Phil RigbyPhilip is a member of the PELA office staff and is currently attending Portland Community College and Portland State University.

He is working on getting a degree in Computer Science and Technology.

He has been at PELA since 2012.

What do you like about working at PELA? "Working at PELA has given me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. I have been able to share my favorite parts of American culture with them, while broadening my understanding of people around the world. It's wonderful to see so many people of different cultures befriending and learning about each other."

What do you do when you are away from school? "I spend a lot of my time with friends, having dinner with each other, going on hikes or nights on the town. I also really like going skiing on Mt. Hood, the mountain is really close and there is runs that are all powder if you know where to go."

Why do you like Portland? "I love the atmosphere in Portland, people are genuinely nice here. I've made a lot of friends in this city that I met in coffee shops, bars and even walking down the street. Also the food is AMAZING! From food carts to fancy restaurants to the best Burger, Portland is filled with culinary delights and secrets. A person could spend years here and always be trying something new!"

Why do you recommend our school to students? "All of the teachers here at PELA are committed to helping their students improve English skills. We also have lots of fun events outside of school, going to a PELA event is a good way to meet new people and learn about American culture."

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