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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.
Chak Chan (email@example.com)
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.
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 Drake (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A native of New York City, Barbara holds a B.A. in English from SUNY Purchase and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Florida. She earned a certificate in Teaching English as a Global Language from Laureate Universities and is currently a member of the Laureate Corpus Research Project, in the area of English for Specialized Purposes. Barbara has taught regular undergraduate English classes at UF and Santa Fe College and spent seven years in Lima, Peru, where she taught EFL and English for Translators & Interpreters at the Peruvian University of the Applied Sciences (UPC). In addition to teaching, Barbara enjoys writing feature articles, essays, and book-length projects; her work can be found in the Miami Herald, Huffington Post, MSNBC, North Dakota Quarterly, and HealthCentral.com.
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.
Elia Guldan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Barbara Hess-Earp (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Laura Jervis is a Gainesville native and has a master's degree in bilingual/bicultural education from the University of Florida. She has worked for the English Language Institute since 2012. She has always been excited about writing 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 who are struggling with English.
Melina Jimenez (email@example.com)
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 has served as the 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 Keeler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
Patrick Klager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Aleuna Lee (email@example.com)
Lisa Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lisa Levine is a native New Yorker, with a Master's in Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She began her ESL career in the early 1990s, teaching refugees recently arrived from the former Soviet Union. She has taught immigrants from many countries in a variety of settings, such as community colleges and refugee resettlement organizations. From 2007-2011, she was a teacher trainer and university instructor in South Korea. Upon returning to the U.S., she taught in an Intensive English Program at Michigan State University. She is very happy to be in a warmer climate here in Gainesville.
Olha Moody (email@example.com)
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.
Deborah Sakalla (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jennifer Schroeder (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.