About SummerESL.com

About Pear Tree Education’s Summer ESL.com

The Summer ESL website was created in 2011 by Pear Tree Education, an educational firm and private school based in Vancouver, Canada. Pear Tree Education was established by Paul Romani (England) and Alexis Birner (Canada).

Pear Tree’s Summer ESL.com website has been designed to provide among the best UK, Canadian, and American summer and winter language schools for children, teenagers, and adults.

Our ESL language schools are carefully selected so that SummerESL.com customers have over 16 top-quality locations to choose from – Paul Romani

Furthermore, Pear Tree’s Summer ESL.com provides a wide range of options for individuals and groups; and we are unique for having family accommodation options in Vancouver.

Summer ESL.com welcomes contact from any parents/relatives, teachers, or travel agencies that would like to send children/students to any of its summer school locations.

Additionally, SummerESL.com offers great discounts on Global Village Vancouver courses for adult learners.

Pear Tree Elementary

In addition to Pear Tree’s SummerESL.com service, the company has its own private school in Vancouver B.C. The school, Pear Tree Elementary, is a K-7 elementary school for local students, as well as some international students.

Our Directors

Pear Tree’s two directors, Paul Romani and Alexis Birner, have tremendous experience and success in summer ESL schools, ESL, and education.


Paul achieved tremendous success as a computer engineer – winning high praise and accolades from PC Magazine on multiple occasions – before switching his focus to education in 2001.

Since then, he has worked in a wide variety of educational institutions and with a wide range of students from elementary to seniors. His teaching career included stints in Spain, the United Kingdom, and Germany before returning to Canada and joining the staff at Vancouver Career College in 2007. He has extensive experience teaching ESL, career and vocational training, and educational management, most notably at the ISIS Royal Holloway where he directed six UK summer residential language schools with a staff of 70+ and upwards of 1000 students.

In 2010, he founded Pear Tree, Vancouver’s only educational institute focusing on principles of Education 3.0: a balanced mix of academic, socio-emotional, and physical skills, integrated subjects, collaboration, creativity, seamless integration of modern technology, hands-on and student-centred learning, and real-world application of academic skills. They launched Pear Tree Elementary – a K-7 elementary school – in September 2016.


Alexis has been working as an elementary school teacher in British Columbia for nearly ten years, with experience in both public and private schools from kindergarten to grade 7.

In particular, Alexis was a teacher at Crofton House School (CHS) for six years working in grades K-4, as well as Learning Resources. Alexis was very well respected by CHS and was entrusted with piloting the school’s 1-to-1 iPad program, project-based learning implementation, and the ‘Freshgrade’ digital portfolio system.

With an M.Ed in Language and Literacy, Alexis is able to engage her students in inventive and leading-edge activities. A devoted elementary educator, she is a frequent and published researcher in the field of critical literacy theory, and a strong advocate for using modern educational methods and philosophies in the classroom.

Alexis brings her exceptional credentials and expertise to our Primary program as the classroom teacher for grades 2-4, and her leadership abilities as the school principal and manager for Pear Tree’s three summer camp locations. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and exploring the fitness and physical activity options in the city, two passions that she shares with her students whenever possible.


Paul, Alexis, and the Royal Holloway team








Our top priority

At all times Pear Tree Education places the welfare and safety of its students ahead of all other priorities.  Pear Tree’s directors have used all of their experience as Summer School managers and teachers to handpick the best summer schools for SummerESL.com – ones that never make any compromises to student safety.

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