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Our students come from all walks of life and we have in-service teachers with years of experience as well as pre-service teachers who are aspiring to enter the field of language teaching.

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Mariela Andrade

Mariela is a Chilean EFL teacher, currently teaching Spanish in a High School in Northern Virginia. This is her second year in the MAFTL and she’s so glad she’s on it! She has learned so much, her language classes have also improved a whole bunch and what's the best, this MA has sparked her imagination many times (too many perhaps!) on the steps she wants her career to take.

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Sarah Bolaños

Sarah has been teaching high school Spanish in York, Maine since 2004. She has a B.A. from St. Michael's College in Vermont in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies and Spanish and a Masters in Integrating Technology from Walden University. She fell into teaching because there was such a shortage in Maine at the time (and there seems to be now as well) and she was looking for a "real" job outside of restaurant work. Luckily for her, the district paid for her to become certified and she is still working there 13 years later. She is also an avid user of Twitter and tries to keep up with #langchat when she is not on bedtime duty with her two children (Ages 5 and 9).

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Carla Campos

Carla is Peruvian but she currently lives in Switzerland in the French-speaking zone. She moved there 2 years ago on an expat assignment from her husband's job and they will probably stay there for 2 more years. Before that, they lived in Spain, Barcelona, since 2003. She is a translator but she has worked as an English and Spanish instructor for many years in Peru, Spain and now in Switzerland. To improve her teaching skills she got the CELTA certificate in Barcelona and started a second career program ("pedagogia") but she couldn't finish it because they moved and now she is really motivated to complete the MAFLT. She is currently working online and teaching the Spanish club at an international school here in Lausanne.

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Rachel Emery

Rachel grew up in Michigan and studied Spanish from elementary school through college. Her love of Spanish took her to Spain as a teaching assistant and tutor and to visit relatives who live in México. She currently teaches 5th and 6th grade Spanish using TPRS/CI at a public school on the North Shore of Chicago. She enjoys writing comprehensible leveled stories for her students, including a book about the mummies of Guanajuato that she is self-publishing this fall! Rachel is learning a lot from the MAFLT program and feels lucky to be a part of it!

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Wendy Farabaugh

Salut! Wendy Farabaugh is a French teacher in Mentor, Ohio. She is in her second semester in the MAFLT program, and her fifth year as a teacher. She teaches French one (grades 8-12), and AP French (11th grade). She is currently a moderator of the online twitter chat for language teachers, #langchat. She's been married to her husband for four and half years, though they met when they were both five years old.

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C J Hague

C J teaches English as a Second Language at Kealing Middle School in Austin, Texas. This is his second year living and teaching in Austin. He previously taught EFL in Quito, Ecuador and also trained and coordinated volunteer English teachers for an NGO called WorldTeach. He earned his BA in TESOL from Goshen College in Indiana, where he is originally from. His picture includes his fiancée, Gaby, prior to a concert that they went to this summer in Austin.

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Derek Jackson

Derek is a HS Spanish I - V teacher in Michigan and he recently spent the summer in Salamanca, Spain. He loves to travel, cook, and take walks with his pitbull, Gideon, and his wife, Sarah. This is his 3rd semester in MAFLT, and he cannot wait to continue to grow as a world language educator!

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Mahlon Kester

Mahlon (MAY-lynn) just recently graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Arts in both Spanish and Biblical and Religious Studies. He currently lives in Pennsylvania and works as a bank teller. He can't wait to see what the MAFLT program holds and he's super excited to learn more about teaching a foreign language! And everyone remember what Bo Jackson said: "Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there."

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William (Bill) Langley

Bill is a Spanish teacher in Richmond, Indiana where he currently teaches levels one and two at the high school level. This is his fourth semester in the MAFLT program, and he is really enjoying using what he learns in these courses in his teaching. He has a special interest in second language acquisition and how to use the research to inform teaching practices. In his classroom, he uses TPRS/TCI to create an equitable, and personalized learning environment for his students. In addition to teaching and taking courses through MSU, he is also the theatre director at his school. He enjoys performing and often attends karaoke night with his friends. Once a month, with the help of some other wonderful teachers, he leads a collaboration and support group for other language teachers teaching with TPRS/TCI strategies.

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Lillian Lermon

Lillian grew up in Amarillo, Texas and has moved with her husband to Round Rock, Texas. She currently teaches Spanish I to eighth graders. She loves teaching and enjoys seeing students gain a different language and cultural understanding. This is her fourth semester in the MAFLT program including the summer semester. She plans to graduate from MSU in May of 2018. The courses from this program have helped her develop as an educator.

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Jenna Lombard

Jenna grew up in New Jersey and got her bachelor's in Spanish and Secondary Education from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, where she was able to travel abroad to Spain. She and her husband live in Milford, Connecticut and love to travel. They went to Spain for 3 weeks last summer as a late "honeymoon" - 8 years later! She's in her 4th year of teaching Spanish in an urban pre-k-8 school. She's taught Kindergarten and grades 3-5, but grades 6-8 are by far her favorite, and what she's currently teaching. She not only loves teaching the language, but also teaching music and culture!

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YoungOak Morgan

YoungOak grew up in South Korea and studied TESOL in Hawaii. She lives in Monterey, California and is a Korean language instructor to U.S. military language students. She enjoys teaching Korean language and culture as well as teaching learning strategies and time management skills. She is enjoying the learning experience at MSU.

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Lauren Novak Krause

Guten Tag! Lauren is in her fourth semester in the MAFLT Program. She teaches 7th and 8th grade German 1&2 at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School in South Riding, Virginia, which is a suburb of Washington, D.C. This is her sixth year teaching, and it is her fifth year teaching at JML. She also serves as her county's lead German teacher. She lives in Reston, Virginia with her husband, Bill, and their 8 month old puppy, Otto. She and her husband like to ski, especially in Vermont and Utah.

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Renee Paczkowski

Renee received her B. A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Michigan State University in 2004, after which she completed her teaching credentials in Japanese Language and Culture and Social Studies. An alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, Renee lived and taught EFL to elementary and high school students in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, Japan for five years before returning home to Michigan. She has taught the Japanese Language at the high school level, as well as supervised before and after school childcare programs in Southeast Michigan schools. Renee is currently working as a Language Training Specialist for a language training company in Troy, MI, where she lives with her two kitties, Cash and Yuna. She is returning to the MAFLT program after a one year break, and is very happy to be back!

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Maria Orlinda Perea Montoya

Orlinda is originally from Colombia and she has been living in the U.S. for 5 years. Her life revolves around her curious 8 month-old daughter who is about to start walking, her husband, her new job, the MAFLT program, and her family (by family she means her own immediate and extended relatives, her husband's immediate relatives and his first, second and third cousins with their spouses, in-laws, and some very close friends. It gets pretty crazy around the holidays). She keeps very busy but thank God she is doing what she loves: relating to students and witnessing their "aha!" moments with Spanish language and culture, expanding her knowledge of her own language and culture through teaching it to others, and learning other languages as a personal interest. Back in Colombia, she completed a B.A. in Modern Languages and taught mainly EFL and some courses of communication skills for Spanish native speakers. She recently moved from New York to Charlotte, NC to teach Spanish level II and IV at a local, magnet high school part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.

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Krystopher Perry

Krystopher Perry teaches Spanish at University School, an independent boys' school in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH. He is in the middle of his first year as department chair of Languages at his school. So far the job has been quite a bit of work, broader and more demanding than he imagined. But he works with wonderful colleagues, whose commitment to our practice inspires him everyday.

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Mihoko Shimada Raub

Konnichiwa! Mihoko lives in Tokyo and she is a certified English teacher in Japan and has taught English to pre-K to college students. She has experienced directing English camps in Japan. She currently works as a bilingual administrative associate at a leading international school in Tokyo. She loves the international work environment, and she started taking MAFLT classes last semester hoping to become a Japanese teacher at an international school. She misses teaching and deeper learning connections with students. She proposed to her principals to be a part time push in support of a Japanese Heritage Class and luckily she is going to allocate part of her time doing that starting in February. She enjoys yoga, art, architecture, designs, cultural studies, GOOD coffee and food! Her husband is from Minneapolis and they visit there every summer. They have a son in fourth grade and a daughter in first grade who are both so much fun and amazing!

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Francesca Regalado

Francesca is from California. This is her first semester back at university in a LONG time! She is a Spanish teacher in Barstow, CA. She holds 2 credentials in FL and Social Science. She didn't go to school to become a language teacher and after seeing Jason Fritze at COACH kick-off in 2014 and seeing Carol Gaab at ACTFL 15, it set her on the path to change the way she teaches a language. So here she is! Her claim to fame? She is the Tea with BVP Pop Diva Lip sync winner!

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Margaret Rutkowski

Maggie teaches Spanish at Henry Ford College, a community college in Dearborn, MI.  Her favorite part about HFC is the diversity of their student body, and her favorite class to teach is Spanish 3.  She is about halfway through the MAFLT program and looking to graduate in a couple years.  She lives in northwest Ohio, and she likes to read and exercise in her free time.  Over the summer, she completed an EM about e-portfolios, which she'd like to start using at HFC next fall, and she went to Spain for a couple weeks for teacher workshops.  She's already got the itch to travel again!

David grew up in Peoria, IL and got his BA from Illinois State University. He taught one year in London, England, four years in Normal, IL, he spent two years in Sonora, Mexico as a ‘houseparent’ in an orphanage, and he has worked the last nine years in a rural school outside of Peoria, IL teaching TPRS/CI Spanish as the only world language teacher in the district. He married his wife in 2009 and they have two kids under the age of 5. He likes playing musical instruments, hiking, reading, and traveling.

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Tammy Schmidt

Tammy lives in Canyon, TX but teaches in a small, rural town called Happy, Texas--A.K.A "The Town Without a Frown." She is going on her 13th year teaching high school Spanish and ESL. She loves introducing her students to other cultures and watching them grow as language learners. Her family, nature, traveling, sharks, sea turtles, and sloths are a few of her favorite things. Studying second language acquisition fascinates her, and she can't wait to get to know her fellow MAFLT language fanatics!

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Alona Shupe

Alona is from Columbus, Georgia and she began studying Spanish in high school. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, she taught high school Spanish in Columbus, Georgia. She is now in her eleventh year of teaching and her eighth year teaching high school Spanish I to 7th graders in Milton, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. She teaches using TPRS and other techniques of Comprehensible Input. Bonus fact: She has a four month old baby.

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Hilaria Taft

Hilaria teaches Spanish at Coffee County High School in Douglas, Georgia. This is her second semester in the MAFLT program. She loves reading, learning about different cultures, traveling, and of course she loves her job! :-). She is from México.

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Xiaozhong Tang

Xiaozhong is an Associate Professor of one of the universities in China and he is currently working as a visiting scholar in Duke University. He achieved his Ph.D. degree of Comparative Literature & World Literature in China and is interested in postcolonial ecocriticism and culture studies. From 2012 to 2015, he worked in Confucius Institute at North Carolina State University, which made him start pursuing Chinese teaching. He plans to teach Chinese language and literature in the future in USA.

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Shu Jr (Susan) Tu

Nǐ hǎo! Shu Jr (Susan) Tu is from Taiwan and she has been living in Michigan since 2007. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, and two dialects: Hokkien and Hakka. She was a Hakka language teacher and dance teacher when she lived in Taiwan. She has been teaching for more than 20 years. Her expertise includes teaching young children Chinese language and Creative Dance as well. For the past 9 years, she also worked at Lansing School District's Post Oak Chinese Immersion Pre-K Program. She is also a Chinese language teacher at MSU Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) program since 2013. This is her second year studying in the MAFLT program.

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Michele Wellman-Teeple

Aaniin! Michele has worked in the Nishinaabemwin Pane Immersion Program at Bay Mills Community College since 2011. She teaches Anishinaabemowin with first speakers of this indigenous and endangered language of tribal communities in Michigan. She is also a learner. Prior to BMCC, she taught Anishinaabe language and culture at a charter school nearby. The MAFLT program is helping her improve her teaching, and the Pane (Pun-ay) program. The photo is of her and her husband, Bucko from the Bay Mills’ Powwow, 2014, or ’15.

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Kirsten Whitacre

Kirsten taught Spanish K-12 for 6 years. She recently moved from Michigan to Kansas due to her husband finally finding full time employment at the university level. She ended up finding a job opening for 4th grade general education teacher. It certainly has been interesting going from a Spanish teacher to 4th grade! She enjoys her students but she has missed teaching Spanish. Many students and families in their new community are Spanish speakers. It took her awhile to realize what the home language was for her students because they spoke English so well! She hears there may be a high school Spanish position opening up next year that she will apply for. This will hopefully be her last year in the MAFLT program. She is so excited to be almost done and she has enjoyed learning all she can about teaching languages.

Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Psychology through the University of Michigan in 2013 along with her teaching certificate. While at U of M, she studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain. Since then she has worked in elementary, middle, and high school settings teaching Spanish. Currently she teaches at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her school is a certified International Baccalaureate (IB) world school, and she teaches the Diploma Program Spanish B course. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Kevin, and dog, Luna.

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Freda Yoshioka

Freda is in her 17th year of the funnest job in the world--teaching middle school Japanese! Her family lives in Glendale, CA, but she is originally from Evanston, IL. She received her Humanities BA from Northwestern. Then, she met her husband, a native Japanese, and got very sidetracked by Japanese language study and spent a year at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan. Her CA single-subject Japanese teaching credential is from Cal State University, Long Beach. She has a 16-old daughter, 13-year-old son and a fat cat.

 

 

 

ALUMNI

Fall 2017

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Lan Gao

Lan is originally from Beijing but she has been living in the Philippines for more than 10 years and she recently began her fifth year of teaching Chinese. Just last month she moved to the Subic Freezone Port and started teaching in a new international school. The Subic Freezone is a small town located in the rain forest and near the ocean. A group of monkeys comes to visit her yard frequently. Warning: don't feed them! She is a curious learner of technology. Currently, she is attending a workshop of Google Educators provided by our school, and she is amazed by using Google to teach. She has been using Google for a while but there are some function she is not familiar with. She is planning on taking the exam to get the Google Educator Level 1 certificate.

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Mohamed Moghazy

Mohamed has been working since 2011 as an Arabic teacher at the Collegiate American School, Dubai, U.A.E. He is in his last semester in the MAFLT and he is proud that he is a student in the program because of the way of learning, it is different from what he learned before and he is learning a lot of great and new ideas. He likes sharing, and he hopes to learn more from his colleagues. His dream to continue Ph.D. and to be an instructor at the university level or an inspector or trainer.

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Andrew Sewick

Andrew lives in Norfolk, Virginia where he teaches Spanish to undergraduates at Old Dominion University. He originally comes from Michigan, where he studied Spanish and linguistics at MSU for his BA, and then went to Spain to get his MA in Spanish language studies from NYU. He is in the MATFL program because he thinks that the ideas and resources from these courses could help make his classes better and can help out his department as well. He has been teaching for over 6 years now and loves it.

Summer 2017

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Hanh Do

Hanh is originally from Vietnam. She moved to the Washington DC Metro area almost 7 years ago. She is teaching Vietnamese to adult learners who are required to speak the language for their job. She originally joined the MAFLT program to strengthen her teaching skills and help make her language program better.

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Sara Eggleston

Sara currently teaches French Online and in person across four Charter College Prep High Schools in Michigan. It's an unusual job that has presented her with many challenges. She is a one woman department, and this is her fourth year building the program. In her free time, she enjoys reading, ceramics, wake boarding, snow skiing, and yoga.

Spring 2017

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Raneen Elbakry

Raneen grew up in Alexandria, Egypt and received most of her education there, including a B.S. in plant pathology. After graduating, she worked in Alexandria University's research department with responsibilities in working with many visiting professors from various American universities. After moving to New Jersey twelve years ago, she started teaching Arabic at multiple non-profit organizations. In her spare time, she loves hiking with her husband and their 9-year-old twins, who speak Arabic and English.

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Megan Stevens

Meghan is currently working as a French Adjunct at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Sean Magee

Coming Soon!

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Carolyn Murray

Carolyn currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA and has been teaching high school and middle school French for seven years. She has taught mostly at public schools in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, but has taught online as well to students all over the US. She really enjoys teaching lower levels and introducing students to the joys of learning French. She's passionate about making L2 learning accessible to all students and just plain fun. In addition to speaking French, she also speaks German. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, cooking, and traveling.

Fall 2016

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Stephanie Bennett

Stephanie is a French teacher at Coffee High School in Douglas, Georgia. She has previously taught Spanish at Coffee High School and at Jeff Davis High School. She completed her undergraduate studies at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, earning a B.A. in French (Foreign Language Education Track), with a minor in Spanish and an ESOL certificate. While at Valdosta State University, she completed a summer study abroad at Universidad de Cádiz in Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain. She earned her Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching in December 2016. During her time with the MAFLT she also completed a study abroad at École Québec Monde, a French immersion school in Québec City, Canada.

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Danielle Boston

Danielle was born and raised in Geneva, Illinois but attended Clemson University in South Carolina for her bachelors degree. She received her degree in secondary education for French and studied abroad for a semester in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Currently, she is enjoying her second year teaching French at Meadow Glen Middle School in Lexington, Sc. She has taught novice and immersion level French and is a co-director of an exchange program between her school and another middle school in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is looking forward to incorporating new strategies and methodologies into her classroom. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and crafting.

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Lindsay Decker

Lindsay is delighted to say that after 5 years of teaching experience, she finally has a tool-belt of pedagogy and research on her side. In a way she was lucky to start teaching without predetermined notions of what the perfect classroom looks like. Inexperience led her to rely on creative instincts and personal successes and failures in second language learning to reach her students.  Her time as a graduate student in the Foreign Language Teaching Program at Michigan State University has only empowered her creative abilities as a teacher.

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Molly Dishmon

Michigan, USA

 

Language(s): Spanish

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Carmen Durham

Carmen was born in Romania and moved to the United States as a child. She graduated summa cum laude from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a BA in Spanish and a certification to teach P-12. While at Samford, Carmen studied abroad in Spain and Ecuador. She also graduated with a MA in Teaching Foreign Languages at Michigan State University. Carmen has taught Spanish and English as a second language. She is currently working at the writing center at El Paso Community College in TX. Her research interests include language as a tool for building identity within community, the effects of media and technology on language learning, and the incorporation of cultural elements in a language classroom of very diverse learners. Carmen also enjoys traveling, hiking, and sketching.

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Alison Dykman

Alison attended Grand Valley State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Social Studies Education. While completing her degree, she lived in Nice, France and attended the Ecole France Langue. She is currently the French teacher at Haslett High School in Haslett, Michigan. She is the advisor for the French Club, Harry Potter Club and Quiz Bowl team. She has led student tours to France, Britain and Italy.

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Kady Neal

Kady graduated from Hope College with a Bachelors in French. During her years at Hope, she studied and lived in Nantes, France. She was also able to help out with the school's ESL program when a lady from Paris enrolled. After graduating she worked for almost two years in a financial center, dealing with the company's French-Canadian customers. In the past year she decided to pursue teaching French in order to share her passion with others. Besides French, she enjoys scrap-booking, singing, crafts and her 3 cats.

Summer 2016

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Megan DeVoss

Georgia, USA

 

Language(s): ESOL

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Nancy Elsobkey

Nancy Elsobkey was born in Kuwait, but is Egyptian and from Alexandria. She lived in Kuwait for 17 years, then moved to Egypt to get her B.Sc. in veterinary medicine. But, she realized she has a passion for languages and teaching. So she received three post graduate certificates, two in teaching, and one in teaching Arabic from The American University in Cairo. She has 10 years of teaching experience, 7 of them in teaching Arabic as a second language. Presently she is working at an Australian University in Dubai UOWD. This is her 4th year there. She loves learning languages and so is learning Chinese now. Nancy likes reading and swimming. She moved to the UAE with her husband 8 years ago. They have two girls, 3 and 8 years old, both fluent in Arabic and English.

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Joseph Leibson

Joe teaches 4th, 6th and 7th grade Spanish at Covington in Birmingham Public Schools. He was certified as an elementary classroom teacher at Antioch University in Santa Barbara, CA. Joe’s first teaching job was as a sixth grade teacher at Escuela Internacional Sampedrana in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He has also worked for buildOn, a nonprofit organization that builds schools in developing countries, for which he led groups of high school students on trips to Nicaragua and Mali to help with school construction in rural villages. He has been a classroom teacher and has experience teaching Spanish in grades K-12. Joe grew up in Oak Park, MI and graduated from Berkley High. He currently lives in Plymouth with his wife and two children.

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Merih Sumpter

Merih completed her Bachelor’s degree at Marmara University in Istanbul with a major in English Language Teaching in 2001. She was hired as an EFL instructor at a state university when she graduated. Since then, she has been teaching EFL at secondary and higher education settings. She received a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Scholarship in 2004-2005 academic years that allowed her to study and teach at the University of Texas at Austin. Besides teaching language and culture, she loves spending time with her family. Her MAFLT experience gave Merih the insight, academic perspective and motivation to further her studies. Upon her graduation, Merih transferred some of her MAFLT credits to the Master of Arts program in English Language Teaching with thesis at Bahcesehir University in Turkey. After having completed the coursework, she is now working on her thesis. Having taught at secondary and university level for about 12 years, she is now teaching EFL at Istek private schools in Izmir, Turkey at middle school level. She is a proud and thankful member of the MAFLT community who got help from other members to conduct research and collect data even after graduating.

Spring 2016

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Allison Comer

Allison was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but was raised in Haslett, Michigan, just outside of East Lansing. She studied Spanish and English as a Second Language and Education at Michigan State University. She is currently a Spanish teacher in Schoolcraft, Michigan, just south of Kalamazoo. She taught for three years in North Carolina and is currently in her fourth year of teaching. She is a part of the technology committee at her school and enjoys learning new technology tips she can incorporate into her classroom. She enjoys watching MSU basketball and football and the Detroit Tigers. She also likes to read, run and play euchre.

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Laureen Davison

Laureen’s professional background is related to teaching and speaking Spanish in various settings over the course of many years (sometimes more then she cares to admit). Currently Laureen teaches Spanish at a Classical Christian school in New Castle, Delaware and has taught there for eight years. Although Laureen grew up in Pennsylvania, she now lives in Delaware and is married to Bruce and they have two sons, Raymond and Brian (who are post college and in college, respectively). Despite being in an empty nest stage of life, Laureen is looking forward to the learning new strategies and methodologies to incorporate into her classes.

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Melissa Horn

Prior to joining the program at MSU, Melissa received a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Iowa. Originally from New Jersey, she currently lives in Concord, New Hampshire where she teaches Spanish to an enthusiastic group of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.

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Jacob West

Jacob has studied Russian and Arabic extensively. He has lived in Russia and Egypt, served in the military, and translated for local refugees during Elementary School parent-teacher conferences. Tutoring others in those languages got Jacob started in loving to teach. After receiving a BA in Middle Eastern Studies: Arabic from the University of Utah, he found the MAFLT program at MSU. He enjoys teaching English as a foreign language and Arabic to English speakers. In his spare time he plays as much ultimate Frisbee as possible, works as an EMT, and spends time with his wife and newborn son.

Spring 2015

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Sheila Conrad

Sheila graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008 with a dual degree in French Teaching and Middle Level Education and a minor in Creative Writing. Her primary research interests are in the areas of listening comprehension and instructed second language acquisition. Sheila is going into her fifth year as a French teacher at Bettendorf High School where she teaches all levels of French: Levels I, II, III, IV, Culture and Conversation, and A.P. In addition to teaching, she is the school's France Trip coordinator, French Club Sponsor, and Scholastic Bowl Coach. Her interests outside of French and teaching include reading, writing, walking her dog, watching hockey, watching movies, participating in Zumba, and traveling.

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James Fetterman

James attended Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish as well as Primary and Secondary Education. He also studied for six months in Valparaíso, Chile, at La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. He is currently a high school Spanish teacher in Sterling, Virginia, where he teaches classes designed for both nonnative and heritage-speaking students. His current interests include language assessment and interlanguage of second language learners.

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Alison Vold

Alison graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education from the University of Montana. During her collegiate career, she also attended the Universidad de Vigo and the Universidad de Murcia in Spain. Alison is currently going into her 6th year teaching Spanish I-III at Sheridan High School in Sheridan, Wyoming. She also works as an Adjunct Professor at Sheridan College. Alison helped lead student trips to Costa Rica and Mexico. Living next to the Big Horn Mountains, she loves to ski, hike, kayak, and play with her dog.

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Jamie Vraniak Terlaak

Jamie attended Michigan State University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She then went on to attend Eastern Michigan University where she completed a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification with a major in Spanish, during which time she studied for 8 weeks at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. She currently works for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools in Canton, MI where she teaches Spanish II at the high school level. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, writing and photography, as well as spending time with her husband and their dog.

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Christiane Higashi

Christiane was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. Her father emigrated to Canada from France when he was in his mid 20's. Her mother's mother was also a French immigrant to Canada. That makes Christiane French and Canadian, but not culturally French Canadian (Quebecois), if that makes sense. She lived and went to college in Montana (BA in French from the University of Montana) and currently lives in Washington State. When no French teaching jobs were available in the part of Montana where she lived, Christiane began what ended up being a career in the airlines. When her son was born, she took 14 years off from work to be a stay-at-home mother. She finally got a permanent teaching job the summer she turned 50. Christiane teaches French at two different high schools. She is married to Cliff Higashi, hence the Japanese surname (her maiden name is Delesalle). She and Cliff now have two 20-something children, who are both college students as well.

Fall 2014

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Tiffany Robinson

Tiffany completed her undergraduate degree with honors at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She received a B.A. with a Spanish major and Biology minor for Secondary Education. While completing her degree, she lived in Ávila, Spain and attended the Universidad de Salamanca for eight weeks. Currently, she is a full-time teacher at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School in Flint Township, Michigan. She teaches exploratory Spanish and Spanish for high school credit, while working to build a modified immersion language program. In addition to teaching, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

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Marie Smith

Marie completed her undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. She received a BA in Spanish K-12 Education and English Secondary Education. While studying at EMU, she lived in Ávila, Spain for 8 weeks attending Universidad de Salamanca. After graduating in 2010, she relocated to Hilton Head, South Carolina and is a full time teacher at Bluffton High School. She teaches Spanish 1 and 2 and assistant coaches the varsity cheer-leading team. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, biking and traveling.

Summer 2014

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Michael Ibrahim

Michael grew up in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt. In Egypt, the long history of accumulated cultures boosted his passion for the arts, history, and communications. He holds a BA in Applied Arts in Photography, Cinematography, and Television Arts, and was awarded a scholarship by IBM to pursue a diploma in Multimedia. He earned a graduate diploma in Business Administration from the Arab Academy of Science and Technology. He was awarded a skills-based immigration to Canada, where he earned a certificate in Graphic Sign Arts from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. After qualifying for Canadian citizenship, he met his better half in the United States. They moved south, and Michael began tutoring in Arabic at the University of Oklahoma, where he discovered a new passion for teaching Arabic language and culture. Michael is excited about exploring the newest methodologies for teaching foreign language.