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Phone: (352) 392-2070
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Language Assistants

Joshua Adams

Hello everyone! My name is Josh Adams and I am entering my fourth and last year of school here at UF. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a combined Master of International Business degree. I have a passion for building relationships, teaching, and working with people from all over the world. In addition to studying business and working at the ELI, I am also involved with Christian Business Leaders and Gators For Israel. During my free time, I love to hang out with friends, go to the gym, play sports, travel, and spend time outside. I look forward to working with you all and to having a great senior year!

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Tanuj Amalean

Hey everyone! My name is Tanuj and I'm a fifth-year Mechanical Engineering major. I'm from Sri Lanka, and I can speak Gujarati. I like traveling, reading books, playing music, and trying new food dishes! You can always find me at the gym or Publix. Hope to meet all of you!

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Anna Bjorklund

Hi everyone! My name is Anna, and I'm a fourth year Linguistics and Chinese major. I started at the ELI in Fall 2017 and have loved every second of it! In my free time I enjoy learning languages (sappy Taiwanese dramas ftw), stargazing, reading books, sci-fi, and drinking milk tea at every opportunity. I look forward to sharing this time with you!

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Isabella Bobadilla

Hi guys! My name is Isabella Bobadilla and I'm a fourth year International Studies major with two minors in French and European Union Studies. I was born in Miami but my parents are from Peru and Colombia. I have been an LA for a year and a half and I absolutely love it. I love Greek food, learning random Arabic phrases, and meeting new students. So whenever you see me, don't be shy and say hi :-)

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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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Jamauri Bryan

Hi everyone! My name is Jamauri Bryan and I'm a third-year student with a major in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with minors in Non-Profit Organizational Leadership and Latin American Studies. I was born here in the United States, but my parents come from Canada and Jamaica respectively. I'm currently learning Spanish, but I hope to learn many other languages later in life! I also hope to visit many different countries in Latin America and the rest of the world as well! My hobbies include playing video games, going out with friends, and dancing! If you ever need advice or just need someone to lend a listening ear, feel free to come chat with me! I look forward to meeting you all!

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Angelica Caraballo-Santiago

Hey everyone! My name is Angelica Caraballo-Santiago, and I'm a second-year Chemistry and Anthropology major. I love cooking, learning new languages, and music. I am Puerto Rican, and I'm a Florida native. I also love meeting new people and learning about different cultures around the world. Fun fact: I play five instruments! I can't wait to meet everyone this semester!


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Delaney Cotton

Hello my name is Delaney Cotton and I'm a third-year Political Science major and Innovation minor on a prelaw track. I was born in Shanghai, China and grew up in Palm Beach County, Florida. I love to travel, read, bake, eat dim sum, and go to the beach. This will be my first semester as a Language Assistant!


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Noah Cuenca

Hey guys! My name is Noah Cuenca and I am a second year Microbiology major. I am from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and my hobbies include playing basketball, football as well as playing the drums. During my free time I love going to sports games and hanging out with friends. This is my first semester at the ELI and I look forward to meeting everyone!


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Mathew Estima

Hello! My name is Mathew (you can call me Mat) and I am a 5th year computer science major. I love to learn new things about the world and other cultures. Here at the ELI, I am able to connect with people from all around the world while helping them with their conversational english. I have studied in Brazil, China, and Portugal. In my freetime I love dancing, cooking, going to the gym, and hitting the beach! Besides ELI, I am also involved with Navigators International here on campus to organize social events for other international students. Feel free to say hi if you see me around!

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Brittany Findlay

Hey, I'm Brittany! I'm a second-year Political Science major with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. I'm originally from Kissimmee so I love everything Disney and love going to concerts when I can. I'm really excited to be a part of the LA team this semester and to meet all the new students!


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Rosana Gutierrez

Hi all! My name is Rosana Gutierrez and I am a double linguistics/political science major with a minor in German. I was born in Cuba but have lived in Hialeah my whole life. I started conversation partner my sophomore year and loved meeting students from around the world. I was hired in the Fall (B) of 2018 and look forward to learning more about different cultures and people. In my free time, I love watching Netflix and playing with my cats.


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Alexander Herrera

Hey guys! My name is Xander Herrera and I am a fourth year of school here at UF. I am currently double majoring in International Studies: Latin America and Political Science, with a minor in Religion and a certificate in International Relations. I'm from Miami (305 till I die) and my parents are Venezuelan and English. When I graduate, I’m planning on going to Europe to get my Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law and Master of Applied Science in Humanitarian Health. I love going to the beach, listening to music, playing tennis, and eating Mexican food! I’m so excited to talk to each and everyone one of you and get to know you all on a personal level!


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Nate Hovnanian

My name is Nate Hovnanian (yes, another Nate!) I'm a fourth-year student majoring in Linguistics and International Studies. I love traveling and learning new languages. In fact, I just returned from a semester studying abroad in Paris! My hobbies include: yoga, reading, and drinking coffee. I’m very excited to be back at the ELI this semester!


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Naz Hussein

Hey! I'm Naz and I'm majoring in Telecommunications Production and International Studies (with a concentration in the Middle East). I am Iraqi; I've also lived in Beirut, Lebanon and South Florida. I speak Arabic fluently and am passionate about the socio-political condition in that region! My interests include writing, spoken word poetry, and activism. I also really enjoy dancing, meeting new people, and going out! I am very approachable and love being around others, so feel free to say hello! I'm so excited to connect with you all and to have a wonderful semester!

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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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Catherine Lambert

Hey, everyone! My name is Catherine Lambert, and I'm a third-year student. I'm majoring in Japanese and minoring in linguistics. I love traveling, learning new languages, and reading Japanese literature. In my free time, I study Chinese, listen to music, and take care of my plants. I look forward to meeting all of you!


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Lauren Limburg

Hello everyone! My name is Lauren Limburg and I am a senior studying English and Linguistics. I will receive my Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate and plan to teach abroad after I graduate. I am entering my second year at the ELI and look forward to meeting everyone. I love volleyball, learning languages, and playing ping pong! I look forward to meeting all of you!

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Laura Londono

Hello! My name is Laura Londono, I have been an LA for 7 semesters now and I love meeting new students from different places. I am a UF student in my third year studying Microbiology and I want to be a doctor. I was born in Florida but all my family is Colombian! I love being an LA (:

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Eirini Longini

Hi everyone! My name is Eirini and I've been a Language Assistant for almost 2 years. I'm in my 4th year at UF studying Anthropology and am also getting a certificate to teach English as a second language. I'm planning on teaching English abroad before going to grad school but I'm not sure where yet! I also spent a semester in Spain last year. My favorite thing to do is go to the beach!

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Gabriela 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 second semester as a Language Assistant and I am so excited to be back! 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, sing karaoke, 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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Mariam Mohamed

I'm Mariam Mohamed and I am a fourth-year Women's Studies Major from Gainesville, Florida! My family is originally Egyptian but I was born in Canada and have lived in a handful of different places before moving to Gainesville in 2006 when I was 8 years old. I've always been passionate about social justice and activism, which led to my pursuit of a women's studies degree. I speak three languages: Arabic, French, and English. I love the beach, making new friends, playing the guitar, hanging out with my dog, and doing anything and everything creative. I'm new to the ELI and am already loving being an LA!

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Isabel Molina

Hi everyone! My name is Isabel Molina, and I am a fourth year Food and Resources Economics major. My story with the ELI started way back on Fall 2015 when I came from my home country, Venezuela, to be a student at the ELI just as you guys! Three years later I came back to the ELI family this time as an LA to share all my experience as an international student in America with you. I consider myself really friendly and an outgoing person. I love Arabic food and I enjoy to learn something new every day!

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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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Shannon Pinzon

Hi all! My name is Shannon Pinzon, and I'm a 4th year studying Economics and Political Science with a focus in international development and nonprofit management. My hometown is Pembroke Pines, Florida and I'm a proud Colombiana. I just got back from studying in India all summer and I hope to go teach English abroad after graduation. On my free time, I love doing yoga, playing soccer, listening to good music, and just being outdoors. Can't wait to meet you all!

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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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Jade Sierra

Hello!! I am a second year student major in Linguistics with a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. When I graduate, I hope to become an English teacher abroad and put my certificate to use. I love krishna lunch, photography, being outside, helping others, and meeting people from different cultures. I also love music and singing along (at the top of my lungs) with my friends. This is my first semester as an LA (Fall 2018) and I am very excited to meet all the students!!

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Emily Simmons

Hello everyone! My name is Emily, and I am a double major in Linguistics and Dual Language Specialization, focusing on Arabic and Hebrew. I am also getting a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. I have been involved as a conversation partner at the ELI since I started at UF, and it is such an honor and privilege to be a language assistant! I look forward to the coming semesters as students come and go, changing me for the better and teaching me along the way. And as always, Go Gators!

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Ashley St. Charles

Hello! My name is Ashley St Charles and I am a 4th year International Studies Major who is also minoring in French and Francophone Studies. I'm extremely passionate about learning and engaging in different cultures and languages. I love to travel, read, write, and providing myself with opportunities to grow and learn. Following my time at UF, I hope to teach English abroad and obtain a TEFL (Teaching English to Foreign Learners) certificate. I may be a little shy, but I promise that I love to meet new people so please don’t be put off by my shyness! I hope to see you around.

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Alexandra St. Tellien

My name is Alexandra St. Tellien, and I am a second year Psychology major student with a minor in Women Studies. I am from Fort Pierce, FL, and I enjoy going to the beach, running, and cooking delicious vegan meals. This is my first semester as a Language Assistant, and I am beyond excited to work with all of you amazing students and faculty members.

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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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Natalia Tohme

My name is Natalia Tohme, I recently graduated from UF with a degree in International Studies and Medical Geography, and this is my third semester as an LA! I love learning new languages (thanks duolingo), playing volleyball, and soccer! Being raised in Miami and traveling every year to Lebanon and Greece to visit family, I'm always trying new foods, meeting new people, and going out dancing, and I hope to do the same here at the ELI!

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Karen D. Villa

Hello! My name is Karen Villa. I am a fourth year majoring in Anthropology, my minor is in East Asian Languages-Japanese, and I'm working towards a certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. I was born in Cuba and grew up in Miami. I know 3 languages, English, Spanish and Japanese. I hope to learn Korean and Chinese next. I studied karate for six years and I am currently in the Gator Judo club! I am also the Historian for the Japanese club so please reach out to me if you want to know more about any of the clubs I'm in!

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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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Lydia Wirgau

Hello friends! My name is Lydia Wirgau, and I am a senior at the University of Florida majoring in Chinese Language and Culture with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language and Religion. My ideal day has a lot to do with mountains, coffee, cooking, swimming, tacos and a nice campfire! If you ever want to play Spikeball, or any sport for that matter, I'd love to join you. I am looking forward to my first year as an LA at the ELI! It is such an honor to connect with people and learn from them as I teach. Get pumped for this year and Go Gators!!

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CIP Assistant

Camille Armada

Hey everyone! My name is Camille and I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student at UF majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and pursuing a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. I'm originally from Miami, so I love going to the beach, dancing salsa, and drinking Cuban coffee! I have previously served as a Language Assistant and Conversation Partner at the ELI, and am so excited now to be the Cultural Immersion Program Assistant Coordinator! I absolutely love meeting students from all over the world and encouraging them on their language learning journey! Stop by the CIP Office anytime and ask me about American culture, UF, or ELI activities! I'm looking forward to meeting you all!

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