Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Learn about our diverse student body and hear about the opportunities they have found through the TESOL program!

Hear Our Stories

Read in-depth stories from TESOL students, past and present, about their time at MIIS.

Caroline Cuddy


Fast Fact: Caroline walked more than 500 miles of the mystical Camino de Santiago.

"Our collective experiences of travel, language learning and teaching, and research make for a truly inspiring cohort of linguists!"

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Sarah DeMola

Fast Fact: Sarah has taught English to diverse populations including child refugees in New York, college bound teens in California, and continuing education adults in India. 

“For me, teaching is really all about leading each individual student toward self-empowerment and self-discovery.” 

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Heidi Laidemitt

Fast Fact: Heidi and three of her colleagues were published in the CATESOL 2011 journal.

"I was really drawn to the rare opportunity of living in such a small and diverse linguistic and cultural community."

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Sky Lantz-Wagner

Fast Fact:  Sky has swam with whale sharks in Mexico (and even has a whale shark tattoo on his foot!)

"Being in the TESOL program is like being part of the all-star team of language learning and teaching." 

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Yinghua Cai

Fast Fact: Yinghua taught Mandarin Chinese by day and English by night over the summer of 2012.

“My professors are the best!!! Supportive and dedicated.”

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Lindsey Bowman

Fast Fact: Lindsey fulfilled a lifelong dream of winning a Fulbright scholarship to Brazil.

"As a student, I have taught two, one-month long English classes for Japanese exchange students from Osaka University and worked as a proctor for the TOEFL test."

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