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Phone: (352) 392-2070
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UCIEP, University and College Intensive English ProgramsThe ELI is a proud member of UCIEP, a consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs

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Language Assistants

Camille Armada

Hey everyone! My name is Camille Armada, and I'm majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language! I've been a Language Assistant at the ELI since January 2017, and it has definitely been one of the best experiences I've had during my time at UF! I'm originally from Miami, so I love going to the beach, dancing salsa, and drinking Cuban coffee! I am so excited to meet you all and am looking forward to a wonderful semester!

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Zariah Brown

Hello! I'm Zariah, a first year sociology major and Gainesville native. I absolutely love to travel and eat, but then again who doesn't? I got the opportunity to visit Cafe Friday when I was a freshman in high school. From that point on I was hooked. I knew ELI was where I was meant to be, and am honored to be a first time LA. I'm here for a good time and a long time. I can't wait for you to join us. Welcome to the family!

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Joshua Dadural

Hello everyone! My name is Josh. I'm a 4th year International Studies major. I love learning about different perspectives around the world and bridging it together with my passion in medicine. I recently got into UF's Pharmacy School so I will be in Gainesville for another 4 years! I want to one day combine my major with pharmacy and be a part of the international pharmaceutical community. Some of my hobbies include traveling and listening to The Beatles. I look forward to meeting all of you!

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Madison Knorr

Hey everyone! My name is Maddie and I’m a junior majoring in Psychology and Linguistics and minoring in Health Disparities. I'm from Pensacola, FL, so I love going to the beach and spending my free time in the sunshine! I also love community service and practicing sign language. This is my first semester as a Language Assistant, and I'm so excited for a great semester. See y'all at Cafe Friday!

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Polina Kruglova

Hello my name is Polina Kruglova and I'm a fourth-year Political Science major and a Latin American Studies minor on a prelaw track. I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and grew up in Miami, Florida. Growing up in a bilingual household, I spoke Russian and English. However, growing up around Spanish speakers helped me acquire a third language. Now I know Spanish at an intermediate level and I hope to advance in the language with my studies. I love traveling, photography, Indian cuisine, concerts, foreign films, psychology, nature, volleyball, medieval architecture, reading, and coffee. It's my first semester as a Language Assistant and I’m excited for more events and opportunities to get to know the ELI community better. My aim is to expand my perceptions and knowledge of different cultures and make friends from all over the world along the way.

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Nathaniel Lee

Hi Friends! My name is Nathaniel Lee and I'm a third year Biology major with minors in German History and Anthropology! I love learning and speaking new languages, I'm a native speaker of English and understand Spanish and Arabic better than I can speak them, and hope to add German to that list soon! I enjoy running/biking distance, and more than anything in the world I absolutely love soccer! Can't wait for a fun semester.

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Lauren Limburg

Hello everyone! My name is Lauren Limburg and this is my first semester as a Language Assistant and I am looking forward to meeting everyone. I am a junior pursuing a degree in English and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. I love running, playing volleyball with friends, and learning as many languages as possible. I would love to one day teach abroad and eventually get my Masters degree in English!

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Estefania Melo

I am Stefanie Melo, a third semester LA at the ELI. My major is Microbiology & cell science and I love playing soccer and volleyball - those are my favorite weekday activities to go to. I was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States when I was 2. I am currently trying to learn Portuguese and I have a perpetual craving for Indian food. Speaking of food: I love food! One of my favorite things to do is walk around the grocery store and shop; I probably spend 80% of my money on food but there's no shame because it makes me happy. I love working at the ELI but most of all I love making friends with the wonderful students that I encounter. I've made some great friends and I'm positive that i'll make even more in semesters to come!

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Jennifer Mendez

Hello! I am a third year English and History major. Following my graduation, I hope to join the Peace Corps and teach English abroad. I was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States when I was younger. My hobbies include listening to music, reading and hanging out with friends. I am thrilled to be a Language Assistant this semester and I hope to work with you all towards improving your English, as well as partaking in fun activities!

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Gaby Meneses

Hi friends! I'm Gaby and I'm a 4th year Linguistics major with a Spanish minor and pursuing a TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Certificate!! This is my first semester as a Language Assistant and I am so excited to work with the ELI Team! I was born in Miami, FL to Nicaraguan and Salvadoran parents so I love meeting new people and learning about different cultures from around the world! In my off time, I like to drink boba tea, analyze different languages, play board games, eat international foods, travel the world, watch all kinds of films, garden, juggle, and just have fun! As you can see, I use a lot of exclamation points but it's just because I'm excited all the time! I'm looking forward to making friendships with each and every one of you!! Welcome to the ELI squad!!

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Phamina Metayer

Hey everyone! My name is Phamina Layla Metayer. I am a rising third-year Philosophy major, with a minor in Linguistics and a pathway to a career in Pre-Law. I am multi-lingual. Most of my knowledge of languages comes from traveling. On my free time, I enjoy playing rugby, traveling, and meeting new people. This is my first year working at ELI and I cannot wait to make amazing memories and long-lasting friends. I look forward to meeting you all soon! Cheers!

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Juan Paniza

Hi everyone! My name is Juan Paniza, and I'm a 4th year History and Chinese double major. Other than learning languages and other interesting topics, my hobbies include cooking, dancing, and climbing trees. My plans for the future are to continue teaching and to produce educational materials which can serve teachers and learners worldwide. I'm really excited to be a part of the ELI, and I can't wait to build lasting memories with all of you!

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Chad Pierre

Hey guys! My name is Chad Pierre and I am a junior studying health education on the pre-medical track! You'll usually see me around campus smiling and studying. I love to travel and go on adventures. I am really into sports mostly soccer, basketball, volleyball but I will play anything! One day, I hope to become a pediatrician and help all children all over the world while traveling. Super excited to meet all of you this semester.

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Angela Rodriguez

Hello! My name is Angela Rodriguez and I recently graduated from UF with a bachelor's degree in Psychology with two certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language and Spanish for the Professions. I'm Colombian-American and I can speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Korean. This is my first semester as an LA, but I have already met so many students and I can't wait to meet even more!

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Rhiana Suarez

Hello, everyone! My name is Rhiana Suarez, but please call me Rhi if you see me around! I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. A few of my passions include practicing and teaching yoga, writing and performing poetry, listening to NPR podcasts, and meeting people from all over. Please feel free to talk to me about anything at anytime; I love listening to others, and I am extremely interested in unearthing the various stories of the people who surround me.

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Ryann Welch

Hello, my name is Ryann. I am majoring in International Studies, and I am minoring in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. I would love to have a career in international law, or something related to sustainability. I enjoy learning new languages, reading, and volunteering.

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CIP Assistant

Elizabeth Pantaleon

Hi friends! My name is Liz and I recently graduated from UF with bachelor's degrees in international studies focused in the Middle East and public relations along with a minor in Arabic languages and literatures. I love all things ELI and started out as a Conversation Partner in 2013 during my first semester at UF and soon after served as a Language Assistant for 11 semesters! Now as the Cultural Immersion Program Assistant, I help with planning activities and assisting Language Assistants! I am a cultural enthusiast and absolutely love making friends from all over the world. I also enjoy dancing salsa, bachata, belly dancing and dabke! I am so grateful for all the wonderful people I've met and experiences I've had during my time at the ELI, and I am so excited to keep making great memories in the semesters to come!

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