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; 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 leading 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 in order to provide an engaging, challenging, and dynamic learning environment for the students as they are faced with language acquisition and cultural adaptation.

She continues in her efforts for team building and developing leaders on the ELP team. She values each team member and understands that each one brings a unique contribution to the program. Julie is a strong advocate of creativity both in a traditional classroom environment as well as beyond the classroom borders. She is intentional to empower her team toward continual professional development.

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

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.

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 fifteen 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; and student services such as advising and tutoring. 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.

Through the development and implementation of the advising and tutoring initiatives, Kathy believes that the ELP students are provided with individualized support in their language development leading to successful completion of the ELP courses and matriculation to academic classes.

Kathy’s role as the Academic Coordinator encompasses developing and supervising the Student Scholar Program wherein international student scholars come to the university to enhance their teaching skills and language development by assisting in the ELP under the tutelage of experienced teachers and taking an academic class.  

 

 

Phone:
(810) 237-6611
Email:
annaeddy@umflint.edu
English Language Program

Anna Eddy

Assessment Specialist

Anna loves all things international. She has over ten years of experience teaching English and other languages, developing assessments, designing curriculum and coordinating programs in the United States and overseas. She received a BA in Linguistics, an MA in English and German Linguistics and Educational Psychology from Sakhalin State University in Russia, and a PhD in Modern Languages from Wayne State University in Michigan. Her research interests include the use of English in non-native contexts, teaching of English as a Global Language, teaching methodologies, and curriculum design. She has presented her research at various conferences, including TESOL and World Englishes conferences. She loves staying abreast with the latest developments in the field and networking with her colleague from all over the world. When she is not working, she loves to dance, read, play tennis, going to concerts and art museums and travel.

Teachers

Kathrine Allen

Katie is a Michigan native who believes in the transformative power of living abroad and all the experiences that come with it. Everything from learning a new language to meeting new people, she believes unique and important growth takes place during this time and has found her niche in being part of this world by being a language instructor herself.

Katie has studied in France and Sénégal, West Africa. She received her Bachelor's degree in French at Michigan State University but has also studied Wolof, Spanish, and Arabic. She spent one year working in France before pursuing her Master's in TESL at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She then worked for a year at a university in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and then returned to Michigan where she has been teaching since.

Besides travel, she loves reading, writing, and spending time outdoors. Professionally, she is passionate about engaging her students both in and outside the classroom by encouraging and helping them get involved in their local communities as well as with their own school. She also has a keen interest in World Englishes and looks forward to developing professionally more in this area.

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.  Although she has been teaching since 2005, she is constantly looking to learn new ways to reach her students and ensure their success.  In order to keep her teaching style fresh and engaging, she attends a variety of conferences and workshops and is looking forward to presenting this year.    

Email:
jjaquays@umflint.edu
English Language Program

Jolene Jaquays

Teacher

Jolene Jaquays has been a teacher in the English Language Program at UM-Flint since 2011. She completed both her MA in TESOL and her BS in Education at Central Michigan University. Her 30 year teaching repertoire includes teaching English, ESL, Spanish, and yearbook to preschool through graduate level students. Jolene shares her professional knowledge and keeps up with current trends in pedagogy at statewide, national, and international conferences. Jolene enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for language and American culture students by providing an engaging educational setting for her students.

In her free time she enjoys doing Zumba, reading, and listening to music. Jolene frequently volunteers at music festivals throughout the summer and fall.  She has traveled to Mexico and Costa Rica to pursue her interests in the culture of Spanish speakers.

Jolene will be the President – Elect of MITESOL beginning October, 2015. 

Email:
zawimelo@umflint.edu

Melojeane Zawilinski

Teacher

Melojeane is a native of the Philippines where she taught English before immigrating to Michigan 18 years ago. She has an MA from Saginaw Valley State University and is completing her second MA from Central Michigan University. Since obtaining a teaching certificate in the US, she has taught high school and university students. She been actively involved in service learning, mentoring TESOL pre-service teachers, and organizing extra-curricular functions with ESL students and colleagues.

Melojeane lives by her teaching philosophy which is to teach from the heart and to validate her profession as a vocation that reaps rewards through the success of her students. She is a member of both MITESOL and TESOL organizations.