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Jean-Ronel Elveus

Master's Student

Jean-Ronel Elveus

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.


Saori Kusaka

Doctoral Student

Saori Kusaka

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

Master's Student

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

Master's Student

Daniel Ferreiro Perez 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

Master's Student

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

Master's Student

Adriana Valcarcel 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.