Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Student Profiles

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

Hear Our Stories

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

Hannah Silverstein


Fast Fact: I can count to ten in eight different languages — English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Spanish, German, and French.

"I feel lucky to be part of a cohort that is so supportive and encouraging of each other."

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Chelsea Wicks



Fast Fact: I grew up on a nature preserve in Kentucky! I definitely had more animal friends than people friends until elementary school.

"I feel like a sponge soaking in all the unique experiences, skills, and personalities of my colleagues."

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Abraham Leach

Fast Fact: I've done a 500 mile bike ride down the California coast twice.

"The Spanish professors, as well as the TFL/TESOL professors here, are excellent role models that help me figure out what type of language teacher I aspire to be."

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Darrin Griffin

You probably wouldn't guess that I graduated from culinary school. I am as passionate about food as I am about languages...almost.

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Trina Montano

Fast Fact: I have two beautiful children, one of which attended several weeks of Educational Research as a newborn. She was snuggly wrapped in my Moby Wrap (baby carrier) where she slept the entire time until the last day of class, when she woke up and stuck her head out to meet my MIIS classmates.

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