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Administration and Office Staff
Daryl earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Florida. His work experience includes being the Cultural Immersion Program Assistant at the ELI, teaching English at the ELI, and being Instructional Manager of ESL and International Education at Central Florida Community College (CFCC). While at CFCC, Daryl traveled to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Sweden, Hong Kong, and Maccau. He enjoys having international students and friends in his life.
Nate Bloemke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cultural Immersion Coordinator
Nate Bloemke holds an M.A. in Linguistics as well as a B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics all from the University of Florida. He began working at the English Language Institute as a language assistant. He then moved on to work as the Cultural Immersion Program Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. As a graduate assistant, he worked as an instructor in the ELI and taught classes for various skill levels. He served as the Interim Cultural Immersion Program Coordinator in Summer 2011 before becoming the CIP Coordinator. Nate loves working with the students and language assistants in the Cultural Immersion Program because it creates a fun, casual environment where everyone can practice English among friends.
Lia Brenneman (email@example.com)
Lia Brenneman is a Senior Lecturer at University of Florida English Language Institute (ELI), where she has worked since January 2006. Her current responsibilities include New Teacher and Graduate Assistant Supervisor, Special Programs Coordinator, Materials Coordinator, and Recruiter. As a recruiter, she coordinates marketing and social media, but also directly communicates with prospective students. She has taught reading and writing, grammar, listening and speaking, academic vocabulary, and pronunciation at the ELI. Ms. Brenneman has also taught Intro to Teaching English as a Second Language (TSL33360) at UF, and currently teaches Supervised Teaching to Graduate Assistants at the ELI (LIN6940). She received her MA in TESL from Northern Arizona University, and her BA in English from the University of Iowa. She taught ESL/EFL in Iowa, China, Arizona, and St. Kitts, where she also taught English Composition and Rhetoric. Her past and present professional affiliations and committee work includes FIEC (Florida Intensive English Consortium), NACAC, TESOL, UCIEP (University Consortium of Intensive English Programs), Association for Learning Technology (ALT), Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), FAIE (Florida Association for International Educators), and NAFSA. Ms. Brenneman served as a site reviewer for CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation), and recently as a materials reviewer for several major publishers. Her research interests are in Teacher Training and Needs Assessment for New IEP Instructors. Her most recent presentations include, "Narrative Inquiry: Improving Teacher Self-efficacy and Preparedness", "Perceived Preparedness and Best Practices in Supervising New IEP Teachers," "Hot Topics in Recruitment Strategies for Florida Intensive English Programs," "Academic Writing Requirements for Graduate School #StudyEnglishFirst," "Five Steps and Beyond at University of Florida #StudyEnglishFirst," and "All About English: Proficiency Requirements, ESL Trends, and Responsive Programing for Latin American Markets." She loves meeting Florida alumni on her travels, working closely with the US State Department's EducationUSA Advisors, and being a part of the Gator Nation! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on studying English @UFLELI. #GoGators
Megan Forbes (email@example.com)
Megan Forbes holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from the University of Florida, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from UF, and a B.A. in English and Government from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She has lived in Jamaica, the Yemen Arab Republic, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Switzerland, and, in addition to other world travels, was a member of the Rotary District 6970 GSE Team to Northern India in 2000. She has been teaching ESL at the university level since 1995. She first joined the UFELI team in 1994 as a conversation partner. In addition to teaching at the ELI, she has held the positions of Interaction Leader (Language Assistant), Assistant Activities Coordinator, Student Life Advisor, Listening/Speaking Coordinator, Cultural Immersion Program Coordinator, and Interim Director, and is now Director. She enjoys every minute she spends at the ELI and the University of Florida and is proud to be a Florida Gator!
Tiffany Frison earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in History from the University of Florida. She has been at the ELI for just about two years. Being a Gainesville native, her desire is to see everyone feel welcomed and have a sense of belonging. Her passion for learning about cultures around the world drives her to ensure students feel at home while they are here. This passion also inspires her to travel the farthest reaches of the world. Her hope is that she brings a little light with her wherever she goes.
Administrative Support Assistant
These days you are most likely to see Min working in the ELI office. However, he began his time at the ELI studying in classrooms. Shortly after finishing his English studies he began working for the ELI office. Min is from South Korea and has been living in Gainesville since 2013. His degree is from Kookmin University in Seoul, SK where he studied Political Science and International Relations. Min enjoys working at the ELI because it is an environment where he can meet and help students from all over the world. As a former international student studying at the ELI, he understands many of the challenges students may face. Min never imagined living in the US when he was a college student, but now he is thankful for each day spent at UF as part of the Gator Nation!
Patricia Moon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Patricia Moon began teaching English to her mom when they were stationed in Ft. Eustis, VA. At the age of seven, she was a class language aide for her elementary school peers while attending a DOD school at Camp Hialeah in Pusan, South Korea. These early experiences cultivated a love for languages and helping others learn English. She began working at the English Language Institute as an interaction leader (language assistant) while pursuing her Master'sdegree in Linguistics. She has continued to work at the English Language Institute as an instructor, skills coordinator, academic coordinator, and currently, as the Associate Director. Current academic interests include discourse in the classroom, cross-cultural communication, and perception of aural and visual texts.
Karen Owens (email@example.com)
Karen Owens has been an employee of the English Language Institute since December 2000. Karen started her career at the ELI as Fiscal Assistant. In October 2004, Karen had the opportunity to move up to Office Manager. Karen moved to Gainesville from Wisconsin as a teenager and attended Gainesville High School. Karen has been employed by the University of Florida for the past 20 some years but says that the ELI is the best place to work!
Jen Ramos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jen Ramos has a bachelor's degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and an MFA in English creative writing from the University of Iowa. Jen has been teaching English to non-native speakers for 10 years. She began her teaching career at the University of Iowa, where she taught rhetoric to college freshman. After that, she worked as a language instructor for several years in Venezuela, Spain, and Portugal. Upon returning to the US in 2005, she began teaching at the ELI as an adjunct instructor and was hired as a core faculty member in 2009. She is currently working on a second master's degree in ESOL/bilingual education. Jen loves writing and foreign travel and has published several travel articles.
Victoria Shelly (email@example.com)
Student Life Coordinator
Victoria is a south Florida native who earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in linguistics from the University of Florida. She began her time at the ELI as a Language Assistant in 2008, became a teacher in 2011, and moved to the position of Student Life Coordinator in 2016. She is also the Program Director of P4H Global, a non-profit organization working in Haiti to partner with and empower teachers to strengthen communities and create change-makers in their classrooms. Helping people achieve their goals is her passion, and she is privileged to serve and invest in students from all over the world every day.
Jennifer Vann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jennifer Vann is a student of life who earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics at the University of Florida. With a diverse professional background, working in the departments of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Biology and Agronomy, as well as at the Florida Museum of Natural History and the USDA, she has spent the past four years living mostly in Mexico where she dedicated herself to the study of the P'urhepecha language. Living in the tranquil and rural lakeside town of Ihuatzio, Michoacan where that language is still spoken by the elders, she enjoyed studying and photo-documenting the community's traditions while living with families, practicing local customs and exploring the surrounding natural areas. By request from community members, she also developed and taught an English language conversation course in Tarhimu, Workshop for the Arts and Culture. She is passionate about indigenous language revitalization, travel, sacred spaces, the healing arts and bat conservation. When not on campus you may find her walking in a creek, immersed in the springs, photographing the natural world, practicing Qigong and Reiki or taking the road less traveled by. She is excited to be a part of the ELI team where she can continue helping others and practicing her Spanish while also meeting people from so many parts of this diverse and beautiful world.