James Slaton is founder of Hugs for Romania, the nonprofit our project is helping. After being stationed in Romania with the US Navy, he founded the organization in order to improve the live of Romanian orphans. He is currently pursuing his MATESOL in order to place language learning at the center of the organization's efforts. He was thrilled to be able to bring his passion into the Curriculum Design class and thought it was the perfect opportunity to create something mutually beneficial for both MIIS students and the children in Romania.
Jacqueline Weixel has always loved languages and traveling. After graduating from college, she spent a year living in Thailand where she discovered her love for teaching children. She decided to wanted to pursue this passion in the Peace Corps and will be leaving on a two year mission to Tonga in August 2015. Jacqueline was excited to work on the the Hugs for Romania curriculum design project because it gave her a great opportunity to develop the skills she'll need for teaching children in Tonga.
Tim Marquette is an 2016 MA TESOL Candidate with a specialization in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Working on the curriculum design project for Hugs for Romania has been a great pleasure, as Tim loves teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Tim has taught English around the world in Italy, Spain, Japan, and Nepal. After graduating, he hopes to work for a study abroad program helping students travel the world learning about language and culture.
Ken Loeber will graduate from the Middlebury TESOL program in May of 2015. After serving in the US Army as a Serbo-Croatian linguist, Ken decided he wanted to pursue teaching and after graduation will continue his career in Hawaii. Ken was excited to work on the Hugs For Romania curriculum design project as he has always admired the Romanian national soccer hero, Gheorghe Hagi. He was excited to learn more about the Romanian culture and incorporate sports and soccer into our curriculum.
Bret Flowers is currently studying TESOL at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He was in the US Navy for four years and visited many great places from around the world. He has been to Australia, Korea, Japan, India and Hong Kong to name a few. After the Navy he studied Japanese and became an English teacher in Tokyo for three years. His favorite food is sushi. He loves teaching English and wants to become a university professor of English in Japan.