INTERLINK Language Center at UNC Greensboro

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Administration

Dr. Brad Teague, Director
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After living outside of North Carolina for eight years, Brad returned to his home state in the summer of 2010 to join INTERLINK. He has worked with adult language learners in various settings, including community-based programs, adult-education programs,  university-affiliated intensive English programs, and Mexican universities. He has also taught undergraduate- and graduate-level TESOL courses for pre-service and in-service teachers. Brad earned a B.A. in Spanish and linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in applied linguistics from the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (Mexico), and a Ph.D. in education from Vanderbilt University. Aside from his professional activities, he enjoys spending time with his Sheltie, reading, and traveling.

Ms. Gloria Darby, Administrative Assistant
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Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, Gloria recently married and is the mother of two grown kids. After graduating from Dudley High School in 1974, she decided to join the United States Army, where she served for ten years. Gloria was a cheerleading and dance coach for the military recreation center in San Antonio, Texas and decided that whatever she did in life would revolve around working with kids. She is an active member of her community and church and loves all sports, especially golf. Gloira came to INTERLINK with 25 years of administrative experience and is very excited to join the team.


Ms. Jennifer Hitney, Office Assistant
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Jennifer grew up outside of Savannah, GA and studied English literature at the University of Georgia. She loves to travel, both within the U.S. and abroad. After moving to and living in several states, Jennifer is happy to be back in the South, where it's warm. She has a husband, two daughters, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Loki.




Full-Time Instructors

Kristine grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and moved away to Tennessee to complete

her B.A. in Foreign Languages with a specialization in Spanish and a minor in music,

before returning home to Alaska where she received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics:

Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from University of Alaska

Fairbanks. She recently joined the INTERLINK team after 2 years of teaching in

China at Shantou University. Her love of languages led her to many study abroad
opportunities and enhanced her love of other cultures as well as languages. In her
free time she loves taking photographs, listening to music, traveling, exploring new
cultures and languages, and reading.



Ms. Kristine Adams
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Kristine grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and moved to Tennessee to complete her B.A. in Foreign Languages with a specialization in Spanish and a minor in Music, before returning to Alaska to pursue her M.A. in Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She recently joined the INTERLINK team after two years of teaching in China at Shantou University. Her love of languages led her to many study abroad opportunities and enhanced her love of other cultures as well as languages. In her free time, she loves taking photographs, listening to music, traveling, exploring new cultures and languages, and reading.

Ms. Giovanna Alessio
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Giovanna has taught English and German in Mexico and in California since 2009. Having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area, she counts herself as a California native but has recently relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina, to teach English at INTERLINK. She holds an undergraduate degree in German Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz and an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Outside of teaching and learning languages, Giovanna enjoys yoga, flamenco and salsa dancing, international cooking, arts and crafts, and reading.


Ms. Molly Anthony
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Molly first started working with ESL students as a student tutor at the writing center of her undergraduate institution, Marietta College. She graduated from Marietta with a double major in English and psychology and a minor in leadership. She went on to complete the English M.A. program, with a concentration in TESOL, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. While at IUPUI, she worked at an academic center that specialized in intercultural communication, she participated in the teaching and development of intensive English programs, and she conducted research in corpus linguistics and contrastive rhetoric. From August 2006-July 2007, she taught at Shantou University in Shantou, Guangdong, China. Molly has been teaching at INTERLINK/UNCG since October of 2007.

Mr. D. McKay Barrow
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McKay joined INTERLINK at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana in 2013; after one year in Terre Haute, he returned to his home state to teach for INTERLINK in Greensboro, NC. Prior to working for INTERLINK, he taught at Indiana University in Bloomington, Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC, and Xinjiang Normal University in Urumqi, China. McKay loves traveling and learning about different people and cultures. Before becoming an English teacher, he studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of California Santa Barbara. He enjoys teaching at INTERLINK because of the opportunity it gives him to work closely with people from all over the world and to help them achieve their goals. When he isn't thinking about teaching, McKay is planning an escape into nature. His favorite vacations have included backpacking over mountains, paddling down rivers in a canoe, and riding across deserts on camel back.

Ms. Ellen Baumgartner
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Ellen joined INTERLINK first as a part-time instructor in August, 2006 and then began full-time in January 2007. Ellen did her undergraduate work at Drew University in Madison, NJ, majoring in Behavioral Science and Education. She taught for a few years in elementary schools and pre-schools and then decided that she needed a change. Due to her love of traveling and wanting to take advantage of her Swiss citizenship, she went to Switzerland in order to improve her French and learn German. On the way, she discovered English-language teaching and earned her CELTA certificate from International House, London in 1993. She then began teaching for a private language school in the cities of Zug and Basel in Switzerland. In 2002, she returned to the States after 13 years of living abroad and pursued her M.Ed. with an ESL concentration at UNCG. While doing this, she also taught ESL to immigrants at GTCC. Ellen enjoys reading, especially historical fiction, listening to music, traveling, trying new restaurants, and playing with her dog, Sandy. She loves her students at INTERLINK because they teach her so much about their cultures and because they are so motivated to learn.

Ms. Lynn Bergschneider
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Lynn has taught in Ecuador, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and in various cities in the U.S. She received her B.S. in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Illiniois, Champaign-Urbana. After a few years working in international marketing, she attended the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont and received her M.A.T. in TESOL. For the next five years she worked in the field of English for Business Purposes for the Language Institute of Japan, Sumitomo Metals, and Procter & Gamble. In 1996 she joined INTERLINK at the Terre Haute campus, took a year off to teach at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai, and then returned to INTERLINK at UNCG. She still finds working with international students enriching after almost 20 years in the field. Her other passions include outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and gardening. She is currently an intern in the Extension Master Gardener's program at the Guilford County Extension.

Mr. Andrew Carlisle
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Andrew started teaching at INTERLINK in August 2012, after completing his M.A.T. in TESOL at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. He first began teaching English in 2009 in San Juan del Rio, Mexico, after obtaining his TEFL Certificate in Guadalajara. After that, he moved to Indonesia, where he spent a year teaching English to children, teenagers, and adults. In between Indonesia and SIT, he spent some time in Atlanta, Georgia working with adult immigrants. During his graduate studies, Andrew taught in Costa Rica as well as in Vermont. In addition to teaching, his interests include listening to music and playing musical instruments, gardening, cats, traveling, reading, and any sort of exercise or sports, like riding his bike or playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Ms. Elizabeth (Liza) Fate
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Liza's interest in languages began with a Spanish major/Latin American Studies minor at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and most recently has continued with the completion of a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. In between her academic experiences, she has spent time tutoring ESL in Spain, developing literacy skills at a public school in Iowa, implementing Spanish curriculum for homeless children in Washington DC, and interning with an Intensive English Program in Massachusetts. She loves to travel, garden, cook, and explore the outdoors. She has been at INTERLINK since August 2012.

Ms. Sarah Love
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Sarah is a recent graduate of the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she received her M.A.T. in TESOL. Returning to UNCG is a homecoming for Sarah because she grew up in North Carolina and completed her undergraduate degree at UNCG. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in Germany, where she experienced the wonder and difficulties of living abroad. Living abroad in Germany was the impetus for her future career as an English teacher. Since then, Sarah has taught English domestically in Alaska, Georgia, and Vermont, and internationally in Mexico, Indonesia, and Costa Rica. Besides teaching, she loves cycling, cats, reading, crafting, and Greensboro.

Ms. Andrea Robertson
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Andrea Robertson grew up in West Virginia and earned her B.A. in Religious Studies at Guilford College. After a year of volunteering with Americorps, she went on to receive an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at American University, in Washington DC, where she worked with non-native English speakers in the university’s writing center. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, painting, reading, and writing. As a writer, Andrea enjoys the new perspectives that non-native speakers give her on English. Her short stories have appeared in Panhandler and Ghost Townmagazines.

Ms. Laura Seithers
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Laura grew up in Kentucky and earned her B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish at the University of Kentucky. To combine her love of language and working with people, she went on to graduate school at the University of Cincinnati, where she received an M.Ed. in TESL. Because she wanted an opportunity to teach abroad and practice her Spanish, Laura moved to a small town in southern Spain, where she worked as an English language and culture assistant for one year. After her time in Spain, she returned to the U.S. and taught in Kentucky and in Monterey, California. She is starting INTERLINK after living and teaching in beautiful Chicago for three years. In her free time, Laura enjoys Zumba, cycling, cooking, going to see live music, watching University of Kentucky college basketball (Go CATS!), and exchanging letters and postcards with friends.

Ms. Katheryn van Laar
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Katheryn grew up in a very multicultural family in Canada and the U.S. Her love of cultures led her to study language acquisition. She attended the University of Ottawa, completing a B.A. in Second Language Teaching and an M.Ed. in Second Language Education. Katheryn taught in Canada at the University of Ottawa, in Georgia at a local library, and in China at Shantou University. She loves learning about new cultures and people and hopes to continue her education in that field. In her free time, Katheryn enjoys cooking, painting, knitting, and reading.





Part-Time Instructor

Ms. Linda Roth
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Linda Roth has been teaching English as a Second Language for many years, first as a volunteer, then as a business owner, and most recently for 16 years at Vanderbilt University’s English Language Center. Her empathy for international students results from having grown up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and having to learn American culture when her parents returned to the U.S. She holds master’s degrees in Teaching ESL and in Curriculum and Instruction. Besides enjoying traveling, most recently to Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, India, Holland and Italy, Linda loves gardening, landscaping, and hiking. 


 



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