About the MAFLT Community
The Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching is the largest graduate program in the MSU College of Arts and Letters, with students and alumni who represent 20 different languages, about 40 U.S. states, and countries around the world.
Almost all of our students begin the program as experienced teachers, and many leave the program with new jobs, new leadership positions, and opportunities to share their work and train other teachers. Read student bios on this page or click a button below to connect with current students and alumni.
Verónica was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico, and moved with her family to the United States in 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture. However, however the love for her language and traditions pushed her to pursue a career as a Spanish teacher. Since then, she has taught Spanish to a variety of students in her current home state of Pennsylvania.
Sofia is from the Philippines but considers Athens, Greece as her hometown where she was born and raised. She can speak Greek, English, Filipino, Korean, and is currently working on her fifth language, Vietnamese. After earning her BA in Social Sciences from the University of the Philippines in 2011, her language teaching journey began with an initial interest in learning about cultures. She then took a Post-Grad Certificate in Education and has taught students from South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Thailand. She is currently in Vietnam, teaching middle school ELLs and coaching and mentoring fellow teachers. She loves coffee, music, books, and her cat, Mearn.
Megan began teaching language in 2016 after graduating from Stonehill College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and French/Spanish. She is now in her sixth year of teaching middle school French at Gates Middle School in Scituate, Massachusetts. She is eager to apply what she learns to her language classroom, where she strives to engage students in activities geared towards building proficiency.
Mia Chang Donovan
Mia has been teaching Japanese for over a decade. Before moving to Seattle in 2016, she taught at language schools in Japan and Hong Kong and online. Since moving to Seattle, Mia has continued teaching online and joined the faculty of City University of Seattle in 2021. In her free time, she enjoys painting beautiful nature scenes in Seattle and restaurant hopping.
Mrs. Charlton developed a love for travel and interacting with diverse cultures and persons from growing up in a military household, her life now as a military spouse, and her time spent abroad in Ecuador, South America. Her love for the Spanish language was sparked early on in high school and furthered throughout her college studies. Her love for teaching was realized while serving during the summers as the liaison between the local community in Ascazubi, Ecuador, and a team of medical doctors. Throughout her time spent in South America, Mrs. Charlton has formed strong bonds with the local community and a love for their culture and language. She is passionate about sharing this love for the language, people, and culture with her students through engaging and authentic learning experiences. Mrs. Charlton believes that world language learning is vital and necessary in education because it provides a means to understand and connect with citizens of the world, not just those we see around us. She is excited to join the cohort at MSU and can’t wait to get to know the community, professors, and her classmates.
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.
Bonjour! 안녕하세요! My name is Bénédict Fils-Aimé, 만나서 반갑습니다. I currently live and teach English in South Korea. I graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s to teach French, but it seems that I’ve focused on English instead by traveling to France, Japan and Korea to live and teach. I love communities where linguistic and cultural exchanges are constantly happening. I hope to learn a lot from MAFLT as Spring 2022 will be my first semester. It’s nice to meet everyone here.
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!
Laura is a current Spanish language tutor who formerly taught Spanish in the classroom to PK3 through 8th grade students in WI and IL. She attended Dartmouth College for her undergrad where she majored in Linguistics and minored in Hispanic Literature. She has studied in Mexico, has worked in the Dominican Republic, and has conducted research on the preservation of endangered languages. She is currently working as a graduate assistant for MSU’s National LCTL Resource Center. She is grateful to be a part of the MAFLT community (since Spring 2021) and to continue to grow as a language teacher.
Mitch began the MAFLT program as a first year Spanish teacher. He started his teaching career in 2017 as a music teacher after studying opera and music education but a lifetime love of languages and travel led him to a major career change. Mitch has been studying Spanish for nearly 7 years and has enjoyed visiting several countries in Latin America. He now teaches Spanish 1 and 2 at a large suburban high school in Pennsylvania. Outside of the classroom Mitch enjoys traveling, singing, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Zanna, and Yorkie puppy, Jovi.
Mike Nunley graduated from Ball State University in 2017 and is currently teaching in Decatur, Georgia, right outside of Atlanta. He is currently in his fourth year of teaching Spanish 1 and second year of teaching Spanish 4. His passion for language developed when he realized how it can make positive connections with so many people. When he is not teaching, he enjoys cooking, cycling, and watching TV and movies with his girlfriend and two cats.
Megan Peterson Hinesley
Shanna is a twenty-year educator who currently resides in China. She is a graduate of Hampton University (1999); Fayetteville State University’s Teacher Certification Program (2004), and a very recent Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University (May 2021). She would eventually like to pursue a Ph.D. in either Social Studies Education with an international focus or International Comparative Education. She began the MAFLT program in summer of 2021 with a focus in teaching English to Bilingual Learners. She enjoys traveling, has been to all six inhabitable continents, and is planning a trip to Antarctica.
Haley is a Spanish and English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher in Williamston Community Schools in Michigan, USA. She has been teaching in Williamston since 2018. Haley has degrees in Spanish and Elementary Education from Michigan State University. She currently lives in Williamston with her two cats, Beans and Petunia, and spends her free time reading, working in her gardens, and listening to music.
Rebekah got her teaching degree at Calvin University in Michigan and taught high school French in New York and New Jersey. After several years at home with her children, she came back to the classroom (on Cape Cod) in 2021. Language teaching had evolved so much in her absence with a focus on proficiency and comprehensible input! She joins the MATFL community eager to put new skills into practice.
Kari is a middle school Spanish teacher in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2018, she graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in Spanish Education. During her time at Ohio Wesleyan, Kari traveled to Salamanca, Spain where she completed her study abroad experience at la Universidad de Salamanca where she loved to explore the city, especially the croissant shop. Kari looks forward to developing as an educator and connecting with other language teachers through the MAFLT Program. In her free time, Kari enjoys spending time with her family and dog, cooking, and getting outside.
Myriam is originally from Lima, Perú. She has lived in the U.S. for 18 years but currently lives in Japan with her family. Her journey in teaching Spanish started with P.A. students at Methodist University in North Carolina. Since that experience, she taught and continues to teach online language learning courses for DOD (Depart of Defense) and DOS personnel. She is a fan of online education and takes pleasure in sharing her culture with students. This has become her passion through the years. She is always fascinated by how we can overcome obstacles to communicate. In her free time, she enjoys walking on the beach and practicing yoga.
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.
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Yue is an artistic and creative person that enjoys her free time going to the gym, reading, crafting, and gaming. She was born in Wuhan, China, and immigrated to the States in the early 2000s. Yue is a fluent speaker of both English and Mandarin Chinese, which is also her goal in language teaching in the future. She is currently stationed in Los Angeles, making a path for herself in the Artist Alley industry.
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