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Todd Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Noreen Baker (email@example.com)Lynne Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Thomas Dolce (email@example.com)
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 Earp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Matt Goode (email@example.com)
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.
Melina Jimenez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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. Melina has taught across all levels at the ELI and all the core skills as well as special programs. She has traveled to Germany, France, South Korea, Japan, Colombia, as well as around the United States. She enjoys trying new foods from various parts of the world and welcomes new friends to try to surprise her with interesting dishes!
Jane Keeler (email@example.com)
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 has been teaching at the ELI since May 2014, and currently lives in High Springs, FL with her numerous dogs and cats.
Farrah Khan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Patrick Klager (email@example.com)
Patrick Klager is a native of Palm City, Florida and holds a B.S. in Business Administration, a B.A. in Linguistics, a minor in TESL, and an M.A. in Linguistics, all of which were from the University of Florida. After finishing his undergraduate degrees and before graduate school, he moved to Shenzhen, China and taught English to Chinese students for 2 years. In addition to teaching English in China, he also traveled around South East Asia, visiting places in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Patrick now works at the ELI as a core faculty member and loves teaching English, working with International students, and eating foreign food.
Olha Moody (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Tom Ratican (email@example.com)
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.
Deborah Sakalla (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maya Shastri (email@example.com)
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.
Christine Voigt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Christine Voigt is a Florida native who has been teaching at the ELI since 2012. She holds an MEd in bilingual/bicultural education from UF and a BFA in theatre arts from Jacksonville University. Before coming to UF, Christine taught English in Seoul, South Korea for 4 years and has also traveled to many other places around the world. She loves working with the ELI students at UF and enjoys being part of this amazing group of teachers.
Zoe Witty (email@example.com)
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.