Ani is a Spanish instructor at the University of Idaho. She is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. Ani has been living in Moscow, Idaho since 2009. She teaches elementary to advanced Spanish and a Mexican Culture and politics course at the University of Idaho. She loves to travel and meet people from different backgrounds. Ani also loves to paint and to run with her dog, Apollito. This is her first semester at MSU and is very excited to be part of the MAFLT program.
Kaitlyn has been teaching for 4 years and currently teaches 8th grade Spanish in Spokane, Washington. Middle school has quickly become her favorite place to teach as every day is full of the unpredictable, hilarious and energy-filled antics her students bring to class each day. When she is not teaching she is probably cooking, experimenting with her sourdough starter, or trying to grow plants. She and her husband love to read, play board games, and explore the hiking trails and lakes around Spokane.
Josh is a high school teacher from Baltimore, Maryland. His received his BA in German and has taught German since 2012, but in recent years has also begun to acquire and teach French. This coming school year he will also begin spreading the joy of the musical language by teaching introductory guitar. He is passionate about language acquisition and teaching and is excited to be in his first semester of the MAFLT program! Outside of work and school, he enjoys biking, gardening, traveling, music, and cooking.
Kerrah is currently teaching Spanish I, II, & III at a private high school in Grand Rapids, MI. This coming school year will be her third year teaching Spanish. This is her third class in the MAFLT program and is excited to learn more about FL teaching methods. She completed her undergraduate degree at Calvin College in Spanish K-12 Education and Art K-12 Education. She loves learning about different cultures and is interested in learning more about how languages are best acquired, so that she can best teach her students.
Originally from Ludington, Michigan, Kaleigh is so excited to continue her education in her home state as a Spartan. Kaleigh received her BA from Hope College in English and French Education in 2016. Following graduation, she worked as an English teaching assistant in France, which gave her the opportunity to do two of her favorite things: teach and travel! Kaleigh is currently a high school French teacher in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., where she enjoys sharing her love of language with a very diverse group of students. As a first-year French teacher last year, Kaleigh was honored with her school district’s Outstanding New Secondary Teacher of the Year award. This is her first semester in the MAFLT program; she can’t wait to kickstart her third year of teaching with everything she learns!
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.
Trisha Funk is a Spanish teacher in Okemos, MI and just completed her 2nd year of teaching. This is her 2nd course in the MAFLT program and she is excited to continue her education in becoming a better Spanish teacher. She completed her undergraduate degree at CMU and is excited that she has the opportunity to be a Spartan as well. Trisha loves engaging her students with interactive games and activities that improve their communicative competence, but also give them confidence speaking the language. Trisha serves as the freshmen class adviser and enjoys building relationships with kids outside of the classroom. In her free time, Trisha loves to read and spend time with friends and family.
James is currently teaching Italian 1, 2-3, 4 and AP at Lenape High School in Mount Laurel, NJ, a suburb of Philadelphia. He received his BS in International Business and Minor in Italian from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He became a certified Italian teacher through New Jersey’s Alternate Route program in 2016. When he is not teaching Italian or travelling to Italy, James is passionate about cycling, meteorology, rooting for the Nets and Yankees, and spending time with his family and friends. He is excited to start his first semester in the MAFLT program.
Chelsea Gordon currently lives in Hokkaido, Japan, and is following her dream: teaching English in Japan to about 200 kids, from first grade to twelfth! Hailing from a tiny town in Connecticut, finding the rural mountains of Hokkaido is an adventure everyday. Not only does she teach English, but as the only foreigner, she is a cultural ambassador for her town. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around Hokkaido, writing, reading and studying Japanese. She misses her dogs very much, but skypes with them almost every day. In the last year, she got TESOL certified.
Toni Stillman Greer
Jenelle was born in Georgetown, Guyana. She studied Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Guyana. She lives in Philipsburg, St Maarten which is a small island in the Caribbean. From 2002 she has been teaching Spanish and French to predominantly English speakers at a high school called Milton Peters College. Her students are between the ages of 12 and 19 years. She is in her fourth semester of the MATFL program at MSU. She is enlightened with all of the different strategies and techniques she has learnt this far. Her students are definitely benefiting from the new knowledge she has acquired thus far. She loves to cook travel and spend time with her family.
Mahlon has gone through one semester of the MAFLT program already and he loves it! He very recently got married to his beautiful wife and he also just graduated from Basic Training for the Air Force. It was a great experience, but he is extremely happy to be back at it learning more about foreign language teaching. He can’t wait to learn about the technological aspect of it since a lot of today’s world uses technology now. There are definitely many opportunities to be explored!
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 lives in Milford, Connecticut and loves to travel. She traveled all Spain last summer! She’s in her 5th 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!
Agnieszka was born in Poland where she received an MA in pedagogy and was trained to be a teacher. Currently she lives in New York. She teaches Polish and is involved in learning Russian. She is a co-founder of the Texas Polish Dialect Project at the University of Texas at Austin, that is focused on researching Polish language spoken in Texas and documenting it. Fall 2019 is her first semester in the MAFLT program. In her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga and reading.
Anna Rose Moore
Eda is currently a K-4 Title 1 Reading teacher in Brainerd, MN. She has just completed her 8th year teaching; 3 in Title 1 Reading (English), 4 in Spanish Immersion (Grades K and 4), and 1 in a bilingual school in Mexico. This is her second class in the MAFLT program and she is looking forward to learning more about methods as she sets plans in motion to start a Spanish program in her elementary school in the near future. She studied Spanish, Elementary and Secondary Education at Luther College in Decorah, IA and added a K licensure through Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. She is passionate about acceptance and understanding across cultures and strives to grow lifelong learners that are excited and curious.
Cassidy Taylor Ott
Maria Pia Pallero
Maria is an English Language Teacher from Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. She has been teaching English as a Foreign Language at elementary, middle, and high school since 2009. She has also been an ELT Pedagogy and Didactics professor at Pamiro Bogliano Teacher Training College, since 2011. She also teaches Language and Speaking III – part of the ELT Training Course – at the above-mentioned institution. During the 2015-2016 Academic Year, she became a Spanish instructor in the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. As part of this scholarship, she also studied FLT Methods and American Literature. Back in Argentina, she became a Specialist in Social Educational Practices at the National Central University of the Province of Buenos Aires.
Megan Leigh Peterson
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.
Meghan is currently going into her second year of teaching, and will be teaching German grades 6-9. She went to Michigan State University for her undergrad, where she studied German and TESOL. She is looking forward to seeing how her teaching will improve from what she learns over the course of the program.
Melanie Vander Ploeg
Tracie Whiting Kipper
When Tracie was a college freshman she began teaching Japanese to high school students in 1989 on a television educational program through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She worked for the Japanese government for 10 years; first assigned to the Nagano Olympic Committee and then the Consulate General of Japan at Kansas City. In 2008 she became the Japanese Language & Culture Lecturer at the Kansas City Art Institute. She lives in a multi-lingual home with her husband, James, who grew up in Mexico, her two middle school daughters who love learning languages their parents don’t speak , and a strong rotation of exchange students.
Patricia Wyza is currently a Spanish teacher to grades 3-5 in Pontiac, Michigan. She is going on her third year teaching and she is in her second class in the MAFLT program. She completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish K-12 education, as well as a minor in ESL, and a Spanish translation certificate through Oakland University. She is excited to continue her education to become a better Spanish teacher. She likes to use authentic resources, and promote vocabulary acquisition through interactive games and activities. She also coaches the Color Guard and Winter Guard for her high school. She enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, as well as attending sports games and hanging out with friends.
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