Kerrin H. Ramachandran
Kerrin H. Ramachandran is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. A graduate of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama in 1996 with a B.A. in Elementary Education, Kerrin taught first grade for the Huntsville City Schools system for seven years. Receiving her M.A. in English from UAH in 2006, she has worked as an instructor in the ILC for four years. Her research interests include pedagogy, sociolinguistic topics, and curriculum.
E. Yalitza LaFontaine
Edith Yalitza LaFontaine was born in Puerto Rico. Yalitza completed her B.A. in English with minors in Secondary Education and Latin American Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. She taught 8th grade English at Central Middle School in Murfreesboro, TN before moving to Huntsville, AL and completing her M.A. in English at UAH. Ms. LaFontaine has taught English grammar and composition at Calhoun College and Drake State Technical College. She has taught a variety of classes for the ILC program at UAH since 2009 and spends most of her personal time with her three children (ages 11-20). She enjoys traveling, movie-going, archery, sports, and culinary exploration.
Stephanie Ryan Cate-Gibson, M.A., Doctoral Studies, Political Science University of Innsbruck Austria, is a U.S. Scholar from North Carolina who spent most of the early 2000’s in the Middle East doing fieldwork and teaching at different universities across the Arabian Peninsula. Ryan has conducted numerous projects in Oman with both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Media and Information. In addition, she worked closely with Kingdom Schools and Prince Mohamed University during their early development in Saudi Arabia. She is presently working on a project with colleagues from the Department of Education at the Freie University of Bolzano in Italy and the Netherlands. Her current research includes socio-political and cultural studies involving performative social science projects related to language, gender, family, migration, the Arab Diaspora and the technological impacts on cultural identity formation and language.
Kawthar Slaitane is a native of Rabat, Morocco. She grew up speaking Arabic, Amazigh, and French. She has also taken classes in Spanish and Portuguese. In 2001, Kawthar completed her B.A. in English linguistics and American literature with minors in French and Arabic from Mohamed V University in Rabat. In 2010, she spent a semester at UAH as an international leader in education, following which she delivered a number of workshops and presented papers in many conferences within the United States and overseas. She has also worked intensively with international students and instructors as an educational and cultural consultant for IREX. Kawthar has a Master's Degree in foreign languages with a concentration in Arabic, French, and English. She is teaching upper-division French Composition and Conversation classes and lower-division Arabic classes at UAH, and she joined the ILC program in Spring 2015. Her current research focuses on multilingualism and politics in North Africa, the Middle East, and the post-Soviet states. Kawthar loves cooking, baking, traveling, and biking.
Taylor Wright is a native of Huntsville, AL. She attended Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, TX where she earned a double B.A. in Spanish and International Political Science, including research experience at Indiana State University and a semester abroad in Quito, Ecuador. From 2009 to 2012, Taylor served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central American Republic of Honduras. She focused her overseas projects on small business development, HIV/AIDS education, beginning English classes, community gardening, and sports opportunities for girls. Taylor joined the ILC staff in 2012 and earned her TEFL certification in 2013. Her personal interests include fitness, soccer, Latin music and dance, gardening, baking, and following current events.
Former ILC Instructors and Staff
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Amy Brazelton Little is from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and has been teaching ESL since 1999. In 2007, she received her Master’s degree with a concentration in English as a Second Language from the University of Memphis. Her academic interests include second language acquisition, endangered languages, and American academic culture. Amy has traveled to over thirty countries and has lived in Stockholm, London, Costa Rica, and Japan. She currently lives in northeast Huntsville with her husband and daughter. Her hobbies include domestic and international travel, cooking, music, local history and genealogy.
Student Assistant (Fall 2011 - Fall 2012)
Chenbin Huang, originally from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China is a 2011 graduate of the ILC Program. He greatly appreciated the ILC classes and instructors because they helped him to improve his English skills and to adjust to his academic classes. Chenbin began working in the ILC program office in August 2011, where he enjoyed supporting the activities of teachers, staff, and students.
Student Assistant (Spring 2013)
Xueyong Wang comes from Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China and is a junior Finance major at UAH. She is a hard-working student who has earned good grades since she came here. In February 2013 Xueyong began working in the ILC program office where she loved the work activities and helping others.