Current Graduate Assistants
Hometown: Cap-Haitian, Haiti
Undergrad Institution: Université de Sherbrooke Quebec through FERA Cap-Haitian, Haiti
Research Interests: Teacher leadership, professional development for novice teachers, and teacher retention.
Future career plans: My plan is to achieve a PhD in teacher leadership and work as a mentor or coach to pre-service and in-service teachers.
What Attracted me to SIU: I came to SIU through the Fulbright exchange program and decided to stay for my Master’s because of the structure of the C&I program, the expertise of the professors, and the quality of education being offered in the teacher leadership specialization.
Hometown: Okayama, Japan
Undergraduate Institution: Kyushu University, Japan
Research Interests: American literature
Future Career Plans: I would like to teach American literature and culture in my home country.
What Attracted Me to SIU: I was initially attracted to the cultural diversity, a great natural environment, and teaching opportunities SIU provided. Now I also appreciate nice and supportive professors, stuffs, and residents around campus.
Laura Martinez Ortiz
Hometown: Briviesca, Spain
Undergraduate Institution: Universidad de Salamanca
Research Interests: Second language acquisition, multicultural education, learning of history through literature
Future Career Plans: I would like to pursue a PhD in education and be able to teach Spanish to foreign students
What Attracted Me to SIU: mainly the fact that the masters in Spanish ticks all the boxes of what I am pursuing at the moment. Also, the chances of financial support and professional development offered by SIU.
Daniel Ferreiro Pérez de Castro
Hometown: Pioz, Guadalajara, Spain
Undergraduate Institution: Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
Research Interests: Second Language Acquisition, Bilingual Education, Linguistics, Literature and Music
Future Career Plans: I'd like to teach and spread my native language and see how my students improve day by day.
What attracted me to SIU: The Master Degree that SIU offers fits perfectly within my career plans and provides financial support so I can make a living. The exchange program between SIU and Instituto Franklin - UAH allowed me the opportunity to be here.
Cristina Sánchez Ferreiro
Hometown: Alcalá de Henares, Madrid (Spain)
Undergraduate Institution: Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (Spain)
Research Interests: Second language acquisition, English and Spanish as a second language, childhood education.
Future Career Plans: I would love to teach Spanish or English as a second language in my home country or abroad.
What Attracted Me to SIU: Studying in a different educational system, the variety of subjects within the program, the cultural diversity and the opportunity of teaching a language at the college level.
Adriana Valcárcel De Sousa
Hometown: Algete, Madrid (Spain)
Undergraduate Institution: Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Research Interests: I’m interested in language acquisition, Spanish/ English as a second language, linguistics, discourse analysis and cognitive linguistics.
Future Career Plans: I want to become a teacher of Spanish as a second language, or English as a second language.
What attracted me to SIU: While working on my practicum during my BA Degree, some teachers told me about the reputation and programs offered in SIU, so I did a little research about it and loved it so much that I decided to apply for a Master’s Degree.