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French

Tabetha Drew (tabethadrew)

Tabetha received her B.A. in French from Keene State College in New Hampshire and is currently working on her M.A. in French Literature, with an interest in the eighteenth century, particularly the relationship between Rousseau, the court of Louis XVI, and the French Revolution. She teaches French 1 for the department as an instructor of record. In her free time, she enjoys writing short stories, studying French history, reading (including 13 books, so far, on Marie Antoinette), and playing video games

 Tabetha

Olivia Leno (ohleno)

Originally from Kansas, Olivia received a Bachelor's degrees in French and English Literature at Benedictine College in Atchison. She is currently working on an M.A. in French Literature and works as an instructor of record in lower-level French for the department.

Olivia serves as the Faculty Liaison for the Modern Languages Graduate Student Association.

Olivia 

Patrick Riggin (pfriggin)

Originally from Minnesota, Patrick received his Bachelor's degrees in French and Political Science from K-State and is currently working on an M.A. in Second Language Acquisition in French. Patrick teaches French 1 as an instructor of record for the department. His research interests include a variety of sociolinguistic topics and he hopes to study how video games can be used as a tool in language teaching and acquisition.

 Patrick

German

 

Isimemen Ihien (isimemen)

Debby took German language courses at the Goethe institute for more than a year, before receiving her B.A. in German at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She currently works as an instructor of record in lower level German for the department and supervises the department’s language laboratory (KLC), while working on her M.A. in Second Language Acquisition with a graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning. In her free time Debby enjoys spending time with her husband and her son and, of course, watching a good movie.

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Hannah Rogers (hmr)

Originally from Colorado, Hannah received a B.A. in German at K-State and is currently working on an M.A. in German Literature, with a graduate certificate in Gender Studies, and teaches German 1 as an instructor of record for the department. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Hannah spent a year as a Fulbright scholar teaching English in Seebad Ahlbeck, Germany. Upon graduation, she hopes to be an advocate for gender equality. In her free time, Hannah enjoys reading, drawing, and harassing (read: playing with) her cat, as well as traveling and meeting new people.

 Hannah

Spanish 

 

Graciela Berumen (gracie3)

Originally from California, Graciela's interests include Spanish as a heritage language in the US and bilingual family situations. She received a B.A. in Spanish at K-State and is pursing an M.A. in Second Language Acquisition in Spanish, with a graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning, and teaches Spanish 3 for the department. Her interests naturally stem from her upbringing as a heritage speaker of Spanish as well as her practice of raising two sons with Spanish in the home. In her free time, Graciela enjoys singing in a church choir, spending time with her boys, and engaging in social activism, not to mention occasional gigs as a singer with Mariachi bands.

Graciela serves as Communication Coordinator for the Modern Languages Graduate Student Association.

 Graciela

Lindsy Clark (lcusic)

Lindsy is a native of our fair town, Manhattan, Kansas. She received a B.S. in Spanish Education from K-State and works full-time as a Spanish teacher at a local high school, the same one that she graduated from back in the day. She is pursuing part-time an M.A. in Second Language Acquisition in Spanish and foresees continuing to work as a high school Spanish teacher for the foreseeable future.

Lindsy 

Alicia Egan (alicegan)

Alicia is originally from Lima, Perú but has been in the US for a good number of years. She received a B.A. in Spanish from Kansas State University and is currently doing her student teaching at a local middle school, in partial fulfillment of her M.A. in Second Language Acquisition in Spanish, with a graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning. In her free time, Alicia enjoys cycling and swimming.

Alicia Egan 

Carmen Thurlow (cthurlow)

Carmen is a native of Coamo, Puerto Rico and received her B.S. in Speech Therapy from the University of Puerto Rico’s Medical Science Campus, but has been residing in Manhattan, Kansas for many years. Carmen serves as an interpreter for the Riley County and the Manhattan Municipal Courts and has worked providing translation services as well as voice-over to other businesses. Currently, she works as assistant to the dean of K-State Libraries while also pursuing an M.A. in Second Language Acquisition. Carmen’s research interests include linguistics, bilingual and second language acquisition and development, code-switching and "Spanglish", and dual language immersion education.

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

 

Ghaida Alaskar (alaskar)

Ghaida is from Saudi Arabia, where she received a B.S. in English Language from Majmaah University. After graduating with her undergraduate degree, she worked for a year as a teaching assistant in that university, and then worked as a high school English teacher for an additional year. She is currently working on her M.A. in TEFL. She enjoys motivating her students to learn English.

 

Erica Brown (ericadbrown)

Erica Brown is from Virginia where she received her B.A. in Spanish language and literature at Christopher Newport University. After graduating, she taught English as a foreign language in Plasencia, Spain for two years and Barranquilla, Colombia for one year. This hands-on teaching experience was not enough, she decided to pursue her masters in TEFL to further improve her teaching skills. Erica worked with a K-State graduate in Colombia who guided her towards choosing K-State for her masters. Now she is a Spanish graduate teaching assistant, teaching Spanish III, and she also teaches English online. 

Erica is the president of the Modern Languages Graduate Student Association.

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Sean Cochran (scoc)

Originally from Kansas, Sean received a B.A. in English from K-State. He is currently working on an M.A. in TEFL and works as an instructor of record for the English Language Program at K-State. He has lived in Indonesia for a total of 6 years, during high school and after finishing his undergraduate degree, and taught English courses there as well as became fluent in the Bahasa Indonesian language. His interests including using narratives in English-language courses. Upon graduating, he hopes to teach at a university overseas. In his free time, Sean likes to make electronic music and sketch.

 Sean
Megan McCoy (megan9)

I am from Kansas and received a B.A. in Spanish from K-State. After graduating, I moved to Spain where I taught English as a Foreign Language for 7 years. I decided that teaching language was what I wanted to do, so I came back to K-State to get an M.A. in TEFL so I could continue teaching English (or Spanish) anywhere in the world. I currently teach Spanish 3 as a graduate teaching assistant at K-State.

I am the event coordinator for the Modern Languages Graduate Student Association.

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Jadyn Urbina (urbina)

Jadyn is from Kansas and received a B.A. in Spanish from Friends University in Wichita. She is currently working on an M.A. in TEFL, with a graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Spanish. She also works as an instructor of record for the department, teaching Spanish 1. After graduating, Jadyn would like to work in international community development as well as in translation and interpretation. In her free time, she enjoys organic gardening, paper crafting, and coffee roasting.

Jadyn serves as vice-president of the Modern Languages Graduate Student Association.

 Jadyn