Caroline Gear to lead International Language Institute of Massachusetts

3 April 2016

Blog article written by Caroline Gear, Director

Caroline Gear has been selected as Executive Director of the International Language Institute (ILI) of Massachusetts, located in Northampton. She started as head of the school on 1 January 2016.

"I am extremely pleased Caroline will be leading us at this important juncture," said Eric Wirth, ILI Board President. "She is the right choice to succeed ILI’s co-founder and retiring Executive Director Alexis Johnson."

In thanking Johnson for 31 years of extraordinary work, Gear said, "I look forward to building on the success ILI has attained through the commitment of Alexis and our dedicated staff."

Gear joined ILI 30 years ago as an administrator, Spanish teacher, and teacher trainer. Since 1989, she has been the school's Director of Programs. She also serves on the Executive Board of Northampton’s International Rotary Club.

She and her husband Jim Olsen (owner of Signature Sounds, an independent music production company based in Northampton, MA) live with their children Amelia and Matthew in Whately.

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Caroline Gear, Executive Director of ILI of Massachusetts

International Language Institute of Massachusetts

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