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Todd Allen holds an M.A. in Spanish education and a graduate certificate in TESOL from Appalachian State University. He has worked at the ELI at UF since the fall semester of 1994 as a teacher and has taught reading/writing, listening/speaking, grammar, conversation strategies, TOEFL, GRE, business English, and pronunciation. He has also served as coordinator of the oral skills, reading/writing, and grammar curricula and as editor for ELI Publications.
Haydée holds a B.A. in French-Spanish education from Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia, and a " License" in French education from l'Université de Nancy, France. She holds an M.A. in TESOL from Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY). She taught English as a Second Language for the New York City Board of Education in an adult program for recent immigrants. She also obtained a certificate in medical interpretation, English/Spanish from New York University with an internship at the New York University Medical Center. She recently retired from the United Nations after working there for many years. The work at the UN took her to assignments with peacekeeping operations in Cambodia, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has been teaching at the ELI since 2011 and enjoys not only teaching but also learning more about the English language as well as the cultural aspects that the students provide.
Scott grew up moving around the US a great deal due to his father's work. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky but also lived in Illinois, Virginia and then, at age 10, moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he graduated high school. He attended college at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC where he received a degree in Spanish. Scott also received a master's degree from UF in Spanish linguistics. Scott has traveled throughout the US and the world extensively. He has lived and studied in Costa Rica and Spain, and also spent 4 months in Australia working and traveling. He has backpacked through 3 South American countries as well as in Europe. Scott completed a TEFL Certification course in Madrid and Leon, Spain with the Canterbury Institute, headquartered on Calle Gran Via in Madrid. He taught EFL for FORENEX Summer Camp Programs (an English language camp) based at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (University of the Balearic Islands) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He began teaching at the UF ELI in the fall of 2008. Gainesville has been home since 2003. GO GATORS!
Chak Chan is a native of Hong Kong. She received a B.A. in philosophy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and an M.A. in applied linguistics from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She moved to the United States in 1995 and attended Purdue University, where she earned her doctorate in English linguistics, focusing in sociolinguistics and ESL with a special emphasis on ESL writing. At Purdue, Chak taught freshman composition and worked in an oral English proficiency assessment program. She also taught reading, writing and grammar at the UF ELI before spending a sabbatical year in 2006 with her family in Hong Kong, where she taught technical writing to graduate engineering students. Chak has two teenage sons and is an active member of the Gainesville Chinese Christian Church.
Divya Chaudhry is from India, and speaks two Indian languages- Hindi and Punjabi, in addition to English which she learnt as a second language. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary education, and English, and has a Master's degree in Linguistics from universities in India. Presently, she is pursuing PhD in Linguistics from University of Florida. Her research interests include language teacher cognition, teaching of English as a second and foreign language, and role of mediation in teaching and learning. She loves the sunshine state, and is very happy to teach at the ELI. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music, travelling, and Bollywood dancing.
Yi-An Jason Chen is from Taiwan. He graduated from San José State University, CA, with a master's degree in linguistics. He is currently a Ph.D. student in linguistics at UF, focusing in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. Jason is a foodie. Besides his studies, he enjoys dining out with his friends.
A native of Scotland, Lynne holds an MSc in Education from the University of Edinburgh. She started teaching English in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1995. Since then, her work in English language teaching, teacher training, and program management has taken her to a number of countries across Europe and the Middle East, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia.
George Collins is a Ph.D. student of linguistics at UF. He obtained his M.A. in TESOL from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and his BS in journalism from UF. His research interests include syntax, neurolinguistics, music/language processing, acquisition, and pragmatics. He regards himself an international man of mystery. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing and listening to music, and riding bicycles.
Thomas Dolce is a native Floridian, growing up in Orlando and spending the majority of his adult life in Gainesville. Thomas holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Linguistics, both from the University of Florida. He originally started at the ELI as a language assistant, but has been a teacher since 2011. In addition to his time working at the ELI, Thomas has also worked in Japan as a high school English teacher.
Outside of work, Thomas enjoys the simple pleasures in life. Thomas is an avid baseball fan and watches hundreds of games every season. Thomas also enjoys being active in the Gainesville community and helping ELI students adjust to life in the United States.
Barbara holds a B.A. in English from SUNY Purchase and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Florida. She received post-graduate training in ESL through the English Program of Laureate International Universities. A former part-time English instructor at Santa Fe College, Barbara returned in May 2014 from a seven-year stint in Lima, Peru, where she taught ESL and English for Translators at the Peruvian University of the Applied Sciences (UPC). While in Peru, Barbara also did reporting for NBC News and the Miami Herald. In her free time, Barbara enjoys hiking, cooking, browsing through bookstores and floating in an inner tube down the beautiful Ichetucknee River.
Stephen W. Flocks received a B.A. in literature from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in creative writing from UF. He has been teaching reading and writing at the community college and university level for both native and nonnative students in the US and abroad for over thirty years. Currently at the ELI he is teaching the upper levels of reading and writing to prepare students for graduate and undergraduate work in American universities. In addition to his ELI responsibilities, Steve teaches a graduate-level course, Scholarly Writing, at UF. He has lived in the US, Brazil, Algeria, the Philippines, and Japan and has visited over a dozen countries. He likes to fish, play billiards, and read science fiction.
Matt is a native of Des Moines, Iowa, and holds an MEd from UF. He is certified to teach reading and English and endorsed to teach ESOL by the Florida Department of Education. Matt enjoys creating music, learning about international musical traditions, reading history and fiction, and following international sports.
Barbara Hess Earp holds an M.A. in Linguistics and a graduate certificate in teaching English as a second language, both from UF. She also holds a diploma in linguistics from the Sorbonne (University of Paris) as well as an M.A. in French from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She has taught ESL at Santa Fe College and at UF's ELI. She retired from administrative duties in 2010, after 9 years as the ELI's Admissions Officer. Before becoming a language teacher, Barbara enjoyed a long career as an executive in the field of publishing newspapers and magazines in the US as well as in Europe and Asia.
Laura Jervis is a Gainesville native and a master's student in bilingual/bicultural education at the University of Florida. She has worked for the English Language Institute since 2012. She has always been excited about grammar and languages. She graduated from UF with a B.S. in journalism and a minor in African studies in 2010. Prior to her teaching career she was a newspaper copy editor. In college she attended an intensive Swahili program in Tanzania, and she uses that experience to empathize with her students in an intensive English program.
Melina Jimenez holds a B.A. and an M.A. in linguistics from UF. She has been teaching at the ELI since 2006 and has also taught at Santa Fe College. She is currently teaching the highest levels of reading and writing and listening and speaking at the ELI which she really enjoys because of the diversity of what she is able to teach her students as well the surprising amount she learns from them in return. Melina is the current editor of the ELI Weekly and of ELI Student Voices. She has traveled to Germany, France, South Korea, Japan, as well as around Colombia. She enjoys trying new foods from various parts of the world and welcomes new friends to try to surprise her with interesting dishes!
Jane grew up in north central Florida, but moved to Tennessee in order to earn her BA in Russian and Political Science at the University of the South. She had planned for a career with the US government, but after several years in an unfulfilling government job, she decided to turn her focus to languages. In 2005 she moved to Vladimir, Russia to teach English and to regain her Russian skills. While there, she fell in love with teaching English, and has been working in this field ever since. In addition to Russia, she has taught in South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, and Orlando, Florida - where she attended the University of Central Florida and graduated in May 2014 with her MA in TESOL. Jane is excited to have the opportunity to return to north central Florida to live and work, and is thrilled to have joined the ELI team.
Deborah first became a Gator and an English aficionado
during her undergraduate years at UF. After marrying her husband, a
Gator engineering grad, she continued her education at Florida
International University in Miami and earned her master's degree in
Patrick Klager graduated from UF in 2008 with a BS in business administration, a B.A. in linguistics, and a minor in TESL. For the past two years, he has been in Shenzhen, China, teaching English to Chinese children, ages 11-15. It truly was an amazing experience. In addition to teaching in China, he also traveled around South East Asia. Patrick visited places in Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines, and Malaysia. All of these countries are unique and it was great to experience and explore what they have to offer, especially the food. Now that he is back from China, he is in the linguistics graduate program at UF and will graduate in the Spring 2013 semester. He is very excited to be working at the ELI again and looks forward to meeting his students and having a great term!
Valentina (or Tina) has spent her professional life in the field of international education. She holds degrees in political philosophy, Latin American studies, and higher education administration. She has worked at the university level with international faculty members and foreign students as well as with US study abroad students. At the ELI, Tina has enjoyed serving in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. Her ESL classes blend language learning with an introduction to US culture. Tina has studied, worked, and lived abroad in Latin America. She has also traveled within this country, in Europe and in Asia.
Negar Ariana Mohammadi received her B.A. in Translation and her BS in Agricultural Engineering -Food Industry from Science and Research Branch of Azad University in Iran, and her M.A. in TESOL from West Virginia University. She also studied French for two years and earned a diplôme d'études en langue française. Ariana is currently a Ph.D. student of Linguistics at University of Florida and her research interests include second language acquisition with a focus on sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. Prior to teaching at the ELI, she worked as an EFL educator for two years and as an ESL instructor for three years.
Olha (called Olga in the US) is from Ukraine and speaks
her native language, Ukrainian. She received her M.A. from Cherkasy State
University in her home country. Olga also spent a year at the
University of Tennessee on a fellowship for international educators.
Olga is fluent in English and Russian and has had some training in
German. She taught English as a foreign language in Ukrainian public
schools before teaching at the university level for 15 years.
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.
Tom Ratican is a proud alumnus of UF. He did his undergraduate work in the College of Education and briefly taught high school French and Spanish in Jacksonville, Florida. After spending 3 years in the Army, including 16 months in Turkey, Tom came back to UF to do graduate work. He received a master's degree in French with a minor in linguistics. Tom did additional course work in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He then taught ESL part time for 2 years at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. After receiving his master's degree, Tom worked for 30 years as a translator for the US government, translating French to English and Spanish to English. He loves languages and learning about the cultures of other countries. Tom has been back at his alma mater and teaching part-time for the ELI since 2004.
Robert Roberg received a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and left immediately for Peru with the Peace Corps. After the Peace Corps, he set off to see the world. He found his B.A. enabled him to travel and work in many countries. He taught in Guatemala, Colombia, Spain,Tunisia and just recently in China. In 1996 he earned an MEd in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Robert taught ESOL in Bradenton, Florida, for two and a half years for the Manatee County School Board. He likes to play guitar and paint and loves teaching English. He's writing a sci-fi novel.
Raquel started working at the ELI as a language assistant in Spring 2011 when she was an undergraduate student at UF. She was a language assistant for three semesters and then CIP assistant for three semesters after that. In 2012, she graduated with her Bachelor's in English and minor and certificate in TESL. She spent a year in a small town in Japan called Shimanto-cho teaching English to many energetic children from ages 4 to 15. Now she's returned to get her Master's in Bilingual/ESOL education. Raquel enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, and taking photos.
Jennifer Schroeder has her MEd in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University. She grew up in Florida and Georgia. She just recently returned to the US after living and teaching in Turkey for the past ten years. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures. She has been to Russia, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Greece and Bulgaria.
Maya Shastri grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas in a multi-cultural household. An avid interest in language and culture led her to earn a B.A. double major in German and anthropology from the University of Arkansas and an M.A. in German from Penn State University. She taught both English as a foreign language and German before joining the UF ELI team. She has lived abroad in such exotic places as Bremen, Germany and Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, in the Canadian High Arctic.
Victoria is a south Florida native who earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Linguistics from University of Florida. She began her time at the ELI as a Language Assistant in 2008. Her greatest fulfilment is in developing the potential she sees in others and helping them achieve their goals. She greatly values and is deeply thankful for the opportunity as an ESL instructor in the US to meet and invest in people from all over the world.
Lillian Vargas, a Florida native and former ESL student herself, received a B.A. in elementary education from Stetson University in Deland, FL. After working as an ESOL paraprofessional in a Volusia County middle school for a year, she found a new passion for teaching English language learners and set off to Rutgers University in New Jersey to pursue an M.A. in language education. After completing her degree, Lillian moved to Boston and taught students from all over the world at the English Language Center. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and anything and everything that has to do with music. Lillian plans to continue learning as much as she can about the ESL field in hopes of one day teaching English all over the world.
Chris has a M.A in Teaching TESOL from the University of Southern California. During his graduate studies he worked in the ELI Cultural Immersion Program office working on training and professional development for the language assistants at the ELI. He was fortuante enough to present at the National TESOL Conference 2014 in Portland, Oregon which was a great learning experience for him. Chris spent a year in Osaka, Japan as an exchange student before getting a job as an English instructor for half a year at a private English school. These experiences have helped shape his teaching philosophy and instructional approach. He loves music, art, and writing. He loves to travel and learn about new cultures and people. Chris wants to continue to learn other foreign languages and improve his teaching skills to provide students with the best learning experiences possible.
Christine hails from Jacksonville, FLorida, and is a recent graduate from UF. She holds an M.Ed. in ESOL/bilingual education and a BFA in theatre arts. Prior to teaching at the ELI, she taught English for four years in Seoul, South Korea. During that time, she was able to travel to many different countries and learn about various cultures. Other than travel and culture, Christine also enjoys cooking, live music, movies, and theater. In the future, she hopes to continue her travels by teaching English abroad, and eventually visit every continent in the world.
Prior to completing her MEd at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea, Zoe completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, and has been teaching EFL at Kwangwoon University, also in South Korea, for the last six years. Her familiarity with her students' difficulties speaking English has helped her excel. Zoe is a passionate educator, who, as a non-native speaker of English herself, understands the struggles of ESL students and is sensitive to their needs.