Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Yinghua Cai

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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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Sky Lantz-Wagner

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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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Heidi Laidemitt

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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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Sarah DeMola

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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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Caroline Cuddy

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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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Abraham Leach

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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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Chelsea Wicks

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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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Trina Montano

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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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Darrin Griffin

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

"The best thing about earning a MATFL degree from MIIS is that I felt completely prepared to be in the classroom."

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Erin Teske: Student Ambassador

Program: Translation and Interpretation

Undergrad: Wesleyan University

Fast Fact: I’m a second year Translation and Interpretation student. My native (A) language is English and my second (B) language is Spanish.

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Annie Rouse: 2013 Fulbright Scholar

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Fulbright Location: Calgary, Canada

"The Monterey Institute professors really do understand what the U.S. Fulbright [program is] looking for in applications.”

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Elizabeth Edouard

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DPMI Plus Assignment: Jhpiego (Tanzania)

"Being in an international setting amongst mission-driven individuals working to impact social change, I find myself at home."

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Manuela Silveira

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Fast Fact: Manuela is the first student of the TLM Portuguese Program.

“I see localization not only as the art of making content available in other languages, but prepared to make sense to its target audience."

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Lindsey Bowman

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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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Catherine Carlton

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Fast Fact: Catherine works at a permaculture NGO in Malawi.

"My favorite aspect of the International Environmental Policy program was the individual attention each student received..."

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Serving Veterans

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Army veteran Ross Belliveau talks about the Monterey Institute's commitment to military veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Rhiannon Marie Bramer: Boren Fellow

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Fast Fact: Rhiannon was awarded a Boren Scholarship to spend the 2010-2011 academic year in Mongolia.

"Professor Langholz’s research methods class helped me develop a successful research proposal, and it was through..."

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Oil Worker to Conservationist

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Alfhild Aspelin (MAIEP '12) tells us how she went from working in the oil industry to pursuing an environmental policy degree.

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The Summer MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

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Starting from nothing, Tyler Velte is now able to hold a conversation in Arabic. See more in this week's episode of "The Summer MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds."

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Alexandra Ogden

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Fast Fact: Alexandra is currently living 12,000 feet above sea level in rural Peru as a Peace Corps Master's International student.

"Professor Jason Scorse's approach to environmental policy is truly what I like most about the International Environmental..."

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Belinda Braunstein

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Works for: University of California, Merced

Title: English Language Institute Coordinator

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The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

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Find out about one of the many immersive learning opportunities Navindra Gunawardena took advantage of while studying at MIIS, in this episode of "The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds."

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Nate Maynard: 2014 Fulbright Scholar

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Fulbright Location: Kenting, Taiwan

"Before attending MIIS, a Fulbright fellowship seemed impossible, now it seems like it was inevitable, I couldn’t imagine attending any other school."

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The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

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Find out what about the MBA program gave Charley Ruegger a competitive advantage over students from other schools in this weeks' episode of "The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds."

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Who Studies Language Teaching?

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How did you get here? Students Eliz Tchakarian, Emily Quade, and Derek Yiu share how our language education programs became the next step in their unique lives.

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The Beauty of MIIS

It's hard to beat the idyllic location of the Middlebury Institute on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's gorgeous Central Coast.

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