Administrative Staff

Email:
dadams@umflint.edu
International Center

Daniel Adams

Director

Phone:
810-424-5395
Email:
juliecoe@umflint.edu
English Language Program

Julie Coe

Assistant Director

Julie’s journey with second language acquisition dates back to her childhood and her exposure to the Spanish language since the age of five; however, it wasn’t until she studied and lived abroad did she come to the realization of the complex challenges of living in a bilingual and bicultural home. This personal experience led her to her chosen professional path.

Today, Julie is responsible for managing all aspects of the ELP. What guides her leadership compass are two aspects: the students and the staff. She ensures that mechanisms are in place for continual program review and improvement to provide the most engaging, challenging, and dynamic learning environments for the students as they are faced with language acquisition and cultural adaptation.

She continues in her efforts for team building and developing leaders in all of the ELP staff. She recognizes her amazingly talented staff. She values each team member and understands that each one brings a unique contribution to their classrooms and to the program. She is a strong advocate of creativity both in a traditional classroom environment as well as beyond the classroom borders. She is intentional in her own continual professional development and empowers her staff to seek out opportunities as well.

Outside of work, Julie enjoys being active with her son. She is also passionate about photography, travel, and eastern philosophies.

Email:
kjcornm@umflint.edu
English Language Program

Kathy Cornman

Academic Coordinator

Kathy is the Academic Coordinator and a founding member of the English Language Program (ELP). With a Master’s Degree in Linguistics (TESOL specialization) and fourteen years of experience teaching English and program administration, she has accrued a variety of skills and interest in working with students learning English. 

Kathy’s main areas of work are curriculum and program development. Given her strong belief in Multiple Intelligence and Experiential Learning, she has worked with colleagues to develop High Impact Practices (HIP) and Civic Engagement courses. The development of these courses has led to presentations at professional conferences: Lilly, HIP, and MITESOL. Kathy is a member of MITESOL, TESOL, and NCTE professional associations.     

Kathy’s unique contribution to the ELP is chairing the committees for the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) self-study process. Subsequently, the ELP has been granted a five-year accreditation award. Kathy is also a CEA trained site-reviewer.

 

Phone:
810-762-0867
Email:
taeder@umflint.edu
English Language Program

Tamara Bednarski

Administrative Assistant

Tamara is a University of Michigan-Flint graduate with a BA in Social Work. Originally from South Africa, born and raised in what she believes is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  She has lived and worked in the Netherlands and the United States, and visited more than 15 countries. She speaks two languages. She joined the International Center and English Language Program in December 2011.

She is passionate about international education and loves working with the students and the great team of staff. Tamara adores spending time with her husband and two children, they enjoy travelling, trying new things and love playing board games. She loves to cook(and eat), shopping and reading.

Teachers

Phone:
810-424-5395
English Language Program

Sara Faitel

Teacher

Sara has always shown a fascination with language and travel, and this interest grew after her first study abroad experience in Erlangen, Germany.  There she lived with a host family while attending classes at Ohm Gymnasium.  This only increased her passion for language and travel, so after high school she studied German and French as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.  There she had a second opportunity to study abroad at the Université Stendhal in Grenoble, France.  While these two experiences were invaluable to her, she remembers and is very empathetic to the adjustment and culture shock students face navigating a new country.

After college, she taught German and French to high school students in South Lyon, Michigan.  Her favorite part of the job was organizing and chaperoning trips to Europe every other summer.  She loved traveling back to Europe and seeing it again for the first time through her students’ eyes. 

She earned her MA TESOL from Eastern Michigan University and has enjoyed teaching college students ever since.  Her favorite part of the job is still getting to know her students and learning about their different backgrounds.  This is her tenth year teaching, and she hopes to continue to find new ways of engaging students in lessons that are authentic, effective and exciting. 

Email:
jjaquays@umflint.edu
English Language Program

Jolene Jaquays

Teacher

Jolene Jaquays has taught ESL to pre-school through graduate students during her 20+ years of teaching. She has been at UM Flint since 2011. She completed both her M.A. in TESOL and her B.S. in Education at Central Michigan University. She has presented at both MITESOL and TESOL conferences.  She currently serves as co-chair on the ELP activities committee.

Her favorite pastimes include writing poetry, watching movies, volunteering at/ attending music festivals, and dancing. Jolene enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for language and American culture with her international students.

Email:
karagian@umflint.edu
English Language Program

Ekaterini Karagiannis

Teacher

Ekaterini has been teaching for 36 years and hopes to be able to do so for many more.  She was born in Greece, but grew up in Michigan.  She attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and got her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature.  After moving to Greece, she taught English as a Second Language at the Greek Military Academy for 30 years.  She has also taught at Wayne State University’s English Language Institute and other language centers.

Also, she has many years of teaching experience and expertise in test preparation for the MELAB, IELTS and TOEFL assuring student success. In addition, she has been an oral examiner for various boards such as the University of Cambridge, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University.  She has specialized in teaching advanced speaking and writing, curriculum development, program coordination, teacher training and research assistance to graduate students. 

Ekaterini has been teaching at the University of Michigan-Flint ELP since August 2012 when she moved back to live in Michigan.  She can understand the special problems international students face having gone through a similar experience herself after living overseas for 36 years. 

Email:
laurmart@umflint.edu
English Language Program

Laura Martinez

Teacher

From an early age, Laura has been fascinated with language and the art of expression. As a result, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. She followed this degree with an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Georgia State University.  Laura defines good teachers as educators who make subject matter relevant to their students.  To this end, Laura strives to make every lesson be informative and communicative. This belief causes

Laura to employ a wide variety of technology platforms including podcasts, webcasts, Youtube, and other multimedia to make her lessons timely and interactive. In addition to technology, Laura is a strong proponent in placed based learning and high impact practices (HIP).  She has expressed such views with presentations at MITESOL 2013 and Oakland’s HIP Conference 2014.  This desire lead Laura to collaborate with colleagues to create the department’s first urban garden. It is the English Language Program’s desire that the urban garden will become a meeting place for the students and the community to gather and make new friends. Because in the end, language learning can only be learned if it is used.

Email:
syreedan@umflint.edu
English Language Program

Syreeda Nix

Teacher

A native of Flint, Michigan, Syreeda began traveling abroad in high school.  She studied in Japan as a high school student, where she not only learned to speak Japanese, but also became interested in ESL.  As an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, she studied Japanese language and literature.  To complement her BA in Japanese Studies, Syreeda pursued an MA in TESOL and Japanese as a foreign language at New York University’s Steinhart School of Education.  While studying at NYU, she taught second grade and ESL at Lyceum Kennedy Japanese School in Manhattan.  The excitement of the Big Apple notwithstanding, Syreeda decided to build experience in teaching ESL abroad.  After graduating, she spent time in South Korea and Japan, teaching English to students of all levels.  Although Syreeda still harbors a strong desire to live and teach abroad, she has returned home to take part in Flint’s revitalization and teach in the English Language Program at the University of Michigan-Flint. 

To show students the beauty and culture of her hometown community, Syreeda has spearheaded the first civic engagement courses within the ELP that were designated with the title of Civic Engagement Indicator.  These courses integrated multiple place-based civic engagement projects into the EAP curriculum while fostering partnerships between university departments, ELLs, and community members.  The importance of connecting ELLs to the local culture not only allows students to apply their classroom learning within a real-world context, but also allows students to become familiar and comfortable with their new host community.  Building upon interests in curriculum and higher education English language programs, Syreeda has recently taken the role of a CEA Site Reviewer. 

Email:
sokello@umflint.edu
English Language Program

Sara Okello

Teacher

Sara Okello grew up in Kokomo, Indiana, and considers herself a Midwesterner at heart. She received her bachelor's degree in English Education with TESOL certification from Cedarville University in Ohio in 2005. After graduating from college, she pursued her thirst for adventure and spent 3 1/2 years overseas living, teaching, and studying in China, Korea, and France. Upon returning to the U.S., she taught at a private language school for three years in Ann Arbor and completed her M.A. in TESOL at Eastern Michigan University.

In addition to her education and experience, she has presented at the Michigan TESOL and international TESOL conferences, receiving the Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in Nonpublished Pedagogical Material in 2012 and the TESOL Professional Development Scholarship in 2011. She also has five publications in the TESOL field.

She has been at UM-Flint since July 2012 and was in charge of creating the reading diagnostic tests and worked on the Reading Writing curriculum committee. She currently serves as a co-chair of the activities committee, a member of the social media committee, and a mentor teacher for a student scholar from Germany. She loves working with international students. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, volunteering, traveling, reading, and shopping.