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julie Ressler

Ms. Ressler is a passionate School Director and leads AEI with a focus on service students. She is an expert in international student matters and the ESL student learning experience, as well as an educator dedicated to promoting excellence in classroom experience.

Ms. Ressler is the founder, current School Director, and PDSO (Primary Designated School Official, SEVP, USCIS) of the Atlanta English Institute (AEI). Established in 1993, AEI is the oldest private language school in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 2003 the first such school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on International and Trans- Regional Accreditation (SACS CITA). In 2013, AEI was accredited (and reaccredited in 2018 through 2028) by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), a specialized, rigorous, Intensive English accreditation body recognized by U.S. Dept. of Education. AEI has a reputation for providing superior English instruction to students from all over the world and has served more than 28,000 international students and professionals since the school’s inception.

Ms. Ressler has also served AEI as an instructor, Dean of Students, Admissions Officer, and Operations Director.

Before moving full time into administration, Julie taught beginner through advanced ESL students, both in Korea and the United States.

In addition to her administrative and teaching work, Ms. Ressler has inspired the immigrant community to press into their best future. For example, Julie hosted a daily ESL live morning radio show for three years on Atlanta Radio Korea. Ms. Ressler has also contributed to the academic advancement of her profession. She presented her work, 'A Holistic Approach to English Grammar', at the 2004 Southeast TESOL Conference in Nashville, Tennessee and in 2024, Ms. Ressler published her first book in continuation of her work. "A Holistic Approach to English Grammar" is now available through publisher Notion Press at and via amazon at It is schedule to be released in additional international markets throughout the year. She's served as an AdvancED (SACS CASI) accreditation External Review Team Member, participated in numerus accreditation workshops and industry conferences, and served as AEI’s Self-Study Coordinator for the school’s CEA accreditation process.

In all her roles, Ms. Ressler is both caring and detail oriented. Perhaps most dear to her heart, Julie covets being able to provide high-quality counseling and guidance to her non-native English-speaking students.

Ms. Ressler’s inspirational story has been featured by local newspapers and a magazine. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Linguistics from HoNam University in S. Korea.

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