Minnesota English Language Program Faculty and Staff

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Michael Anderson

Director

English Language Programs

Michael Anderson received his BA from Grinnell College and his MA in teaching ESL and PhD in second languages and cultures education from the University of Minnesota. He has worked in ESL since 1993, teaching and doing research on assessment, teacher training, and program administration. Michael has traveled in France, Sweden, Canada, China, Korea, Japan, and Turkey, among other countries. His second language is French. He enjoys gardening and baking. An interesting fact about Michael: He’s a great fan of the Minnesota State Fair and won the sweepstakes award for best cookies at the Fair in 2005.

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David Atterberry

Senior Teaching Specialist/Academic Coordinator

Minnesota English Language Program

David Atterberry has a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University and a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language from the University of Minnesota. He has taught in MELP since 2007 and before that taught at community colleges in the Twin Cities metro area. He also has experience teaching English in Taiwan, China, and Russia. In his free time, David enjoys traveling to new places, reading, cooking, running, and camping. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife, daughter, and two cats.

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Alyssa Bonnac

Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Alyssa Bonnac has a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. She has been teaching ESL in the Minnesota English Language Program since 2007. In addition to teaching ESL, Alyssa also leads professional development workshops to help second language teachers use technology in their teaching. Alyssa has studied French and has traveled to France, Spain, Turkey, Australia, Japan, and China, among other countries. She enjoys sewing, reading, cooking, and outdoor activities like biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

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Paula Bramante

Senior Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Paula Bramante has a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in French, and a doctorate in educational linguistics. She has taught English and French in the US and France and has taught for MELP since 2007. She and her husband have three sons, two in California and one in Argentina. She wishes they lived closer but enjoys having a reason to visit California in winter, and very occasionally, Argentina. In her free time, she enjoys a daily yoga practice, cooking, drawing decorative art (which she also teaches), journal writing, reading, and walking anywhere.

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Catherine (Kate) Clements

Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Catherine (Kate) Clements holds a BA in Spanish and journalism, an MA in teaching English as a second language, and a Graduate Certificate in Online and Distance Learning. In addition to teaching English, she has taught academic technology to language teachers at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University. She has lived in Spain and Ecuador and traveled throughout Europe and South America, and speaks Spanish and some French. For recreation, Kate enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and horseback riding.  

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Jon Gill

Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Jon Gill holds a BA in linguistics and an MA in English as a second language from the University of Minnesota. He has taught ESL at the U of M and Saint Paul College, and made short visits to schools in Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan. He is distracted by new languages and has dabbled in as many as 16. His travels and military experience have brought him to 24 countries and most of the US. Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, backpacking, taking road trips, running marathons and triathlons, performing as a juggler and musician, or just curling up with a classic book.

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Stephanie Hanson

Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Stephanie Hanson has a bachelor's degree in psychology and French and a master's degree in teaching English as a second language. She previously taught ESL at Cornell University and the University of Illinois, and EFL in Greece, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Turkey, and Ecuador. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys cooking and trying new foods, reading, hiking, and exploring the Twin Cities. She is also an avid salsa dancer.

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Leah Kronick

Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Leah received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota where she studied cultural studies, Spanish, and anthropology. She received her master’s degree in teaching English as a second language from the U of M as well. She has been teaching at MELP for over five years. Before MELP, she lived and taught in Tokyo, Japan. She has travelled to Central America, Europe, and North Africa and would love to visit many other places. She speaks Spanish and a little Japanese and Arabic. Leah enjoys camping, cooking, henna, and spending time with her dog, Tater.

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Darren LaScotte

Adjunct Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Darren LaScotte holds a BA in French studies, a Maîtrise en sciences du langage, and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He has taught and tutored English and French since 2011 in both the US and France, and spent one summer teaching English at a university in Wuhan, China. For hobbies, Darren enjoys reading, biking, and going on long walks with his dog, Xander.

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Annie Marrin

Senior Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Annie Marrin received her MA in English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota. She has taught language learners in a variety of international and local contexts since 1999 and has worked with multilingual learners at the University of Minnesota since 2007. Annie enjoys reading, running, and long-distance hiking. 

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Robin Murie

Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Robin Murie has an M.A. in English as a second language from the University of Minnesota. She has been teaching ESL, first-year writing, and academic English classes to international and immigrant students for decades, at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of California - Berkeley, and University of Minnesota-Duluth. When she is not teaching, she can be found singing with her family, dancing to Bulgarian music, birding, and knitting.

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Eric Nelson

Adjunct Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Eric Nelson has a BA in linguistics and an MA in teaching English as a second language. He has taught ESL at the University of Minnesota since the late 1970s, with time out for teaching in France and Mexico. Eric has also taught teacher-training courses at Hamline University. Until recently, Eric spent winters in Tucson, Arizona, but he now lives in Minneapolis year-round. He rides a bike to work when the weather is good, walks a lot in every season, likes cats, and considers himself a morning person. 

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Bethany Peters

Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Bethany Peters received her BA in intercultural studies and her master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. She has taught ESL at the University of Minnesota for over 12 years. Currently, Bethany is a doctoral candidate in the Leadership for Intercultural & International Education (LIIE) PhD program at the University of Minnesota. She has traveled to China multiple times to teach English and study Chinese as a second language. Bethany is MELP's ESL Faculty and Staff Liaison, providing resources for U of M faculty and staff who work with non-native speakers of English. If you have questions about supporting non-native speakers in your teaching or advising, contact Bethany.

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Emeline Rogers

Program Coordinator

Minnesota English Language Program

Emeline Rogers holds a B.A. in English from Truman State University in Missouri. Emeline has studied abroad in Morocco and traveled to China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, France, and the U.K., among other European countries. She has studied French and a little bit of Arabic. When not planning her next overseas adventure, Emeline enjoys baking, spinning and dyeing yarn, canoeing scenic riverways, and reading short stories.

Diego Sanchez-Chavarria

Diego Sanchez-Chavarria

Executive Operations & Student Services Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Diego Sanchez-Chavarria holds a BA in English and Japanese as well as an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Born in Peru, he immigrated to Minnesota with his family when he was four years old and loves it here despite the long winters. He has taught learners in Japan and in the US from 2011 to 2019. Thanks to his parents, he was able to maintain his Spanish while growing up in the US and fell in love with Japanese while he was studying at the U of M. During his free time, Diego loves traveling, running, writing, and taking naps with his cat.

Sara Schroth

Sara Schroth

Senior International Student Adviser

Minnesota English Language Program

Sara Schroth holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in educational policy and administration in the comparative and international development track from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include cross-cultural peer programs and internationalization at home initiatives. Sara has lived in Spain and Ecuador and has traveled to other countries, including Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy, England, and Greece. In addition to traveling, Sara also enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking, painting, eating ice cream, doing yoga, and relaxing at coffee shops. Working as the International Student Adviser for MELP since 2011, Sara is the person to ask about your I-20 or visa status.

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Ellen Wormwood

Adjunct Teaching Specialist

Minnesota English Language Program

Ellen Wormwood is a native Minnesotan with a bachelor’s degree in economics and masters’ degrees in both French and Spanish. She lived and worked in France many years, and her last job before returning to Minnesota was as an adventure travel guide in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. She returned in order to be closer to her family, as well as to enjoy the world-class ice skating. Though her family have pretty much all moved away, the rivers and lakes continue to freeze every winter, making life in Minnesota pretty good. She has taught at the University for 15 years and is delighted to work with MELP students.