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Language Assistants

Krystin Anderson

Hey everyone! My name is Krystin, and I am a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and Anthropology. My family is from the beautiful island of Jamaica. I really love music and have a special passion for singing. I can play 5 instruments, (oboe, piano, saxophone, trumpet, and vocals) and am lucky enough to be one of the soloists who sing the national anthem at graduation. I’d love to meet you all, so come chat with me!

Camille Armada - Cultural Immersion Program Assistant

Hi, everyone! My name is Camille and I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from UF in ESOL/Bilingual Education. I am originally from Miami, so I love going to the beach, dancing salsa, and drinking Cuban coffee! I have previously served as a Language Assistant and Conversation Partner at the ELI, and am so excited now to be the Cultural Immersion Program Assistant Coordinator! I absolutely love meeting students from all over the world and encouraging them on their language learning journey! Stop by the CIP Office anytime and ask me about American culture, UF, or ELI activities! I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Zariah Brown

Hello! I am Zariah Brown, a UF senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in sociology and political science. Hopefully, that leads me to a career in international education. I have been at the ELI since 2017, and have loved to see how each semester changes with the new students that are welcomed into this amazing community. Feel free to talk to me any time about taking naps, going to brunch, and having a good time!

Ana Cruz

Hi everyone! My name is Ana and I’m a fourth-year undergraduate student at UF majoring in Biology with a minor in Anthropology. I was born in Cuba and grew up in Miami. When I’m not teaching the ELI class, you can catch me either studying in Library West or trying a new restaurant in Gainesville.

Erica Montero

Hi! My name is Erica Montero and I am a first-generation student (in the U.S!). I am originally from Venezuela and moved here 4 years ago. I am a Senior majoring in English Literature on the Pre-Law track. I am passionate about education and uplifting women and minorities, and I thrive in diverse environments. English is my second language, and I was blessed to have a community of individuals who helped me navigate the language and the culture; hence, I am especially grateful I have the opportunity to meet, share, and grow with our wonderful ELI students! Fun fact about me: I’m 4th generation Bahá’í. And to me, to be a Bahá’í means to have service at the center of everything that I do. To serve at the ELI is one of the greatest blessings of my life. I’m so excited to meet you all!

Sofia Mora - Social Media Assistant

Hi, I'm Sofia! I'm a third year Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. I am Ecuadorian American, and I have lived in Florida my whole life. I love sports and music and watching old Disney movies! I love talking and meeting new people, and I am so excited to be a Language assistant for the first time!

Daniella Orbe

Hi everyone! My name is Daniella Orbe and I’m originally from Miami. I’m currently a junior pursuing a degree in Linguistics, hence why I love learning about new languages and learning about how everyone uses language differently. I love spending time outdoors and being active. But most importantly, I love having a good time with my friends and family. I’m really happy to be an LA this semester and I’m excited to meet all of you! 🙂

Juan Paniza

Hi everyone! My name is Juan Paniza, and I'm a 4th year History and Chinese double major. Other than learning languages and other interesting topics, my hobbies include cooking, dancing, and climbing trees. My plans for the future are to continue teaching and to produce educational materials which can serve teachers and learners worldwide. I'm really excited to be a part of the ELI, and I can't wait to build lasting memories with all of you!

Angela Rodriquez - Conversation Partner Coordinator

Hello! My name is Angela Rodriguez and I recently graduated from UF with a bachelor's degree in Psychology with two certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language and Spanish for the Professions. I'm Colombian-American and I can speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Korean. This is my fifth semester as an LA and my second semester as the Conversation Partner Coordinator! I’m looking forward to meeting you all this semester!

Samikai Rosado

Hi everyone! My name is Samikai but I go by Sami. I’m a senior Linguistics major and studying to get my TESL certificate. I was born in Puerto Rico but raised in Miami by my mother who is Peruvian. This is my first semester as an LA at the ELI but I’ve been a CP for the past year. I love learning about different languages so if you have any interesting facts about a language, I’d love to listen! I also know UF campus really well and most of the facilities, so if you have any questions about locations, I can help you out! I’m so excited to start working as an LA and meet you all!

Jade Sierra


Hello! My name is Jade and I’m a 4th year Linguistics major. I was born and raised in south Florida, but am of Colombian heritage. I speak Spanish and Portuguese; I recently spent 7 months studying abroad in Brazil, so if you’re a Portuguese speaker, tudo bem!? I enoy
traveling, riding my bike, and meeting ELI students! I especially love learning about students' lives back home and learning about their language and culture! I hope to see you around and get to know you!