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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Getting the Know the Classroom Support Staff, Fall 2015

Who are the students working in Classroom Support this fall? Here are some short bios of new and returning staff!

Alli Shaw
Hello! My name is Alli and this is my 4th year here at the Language Center. I am a senior majoring in Psychology and will go on to master in Occupational Therapy. I studied Spanish for several years and am currently in my final semester of learning American Sign Language. I was abroad in Argentina for a semester but I am excited to be back working CS. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, piano, going camping, and anything that includes the outdoors!  

Anna Sisombat  
Sabaidee! My name is Anna, and I’m from Marshall, MN. This is my fourth year of college but second year here at the U and at the Language Center. I’m currently a French major, and I had the opportunity to travel to France for three and a half weeks with my previous college. I speak English, Laotian, and French. In my free time, I play video games, disc golf, eat delicious food, and take road trips to visit family members! À bientôt! 

Chris Michaels
Hello! My name is Chris Michaels, and I am from Monticello, MN. I’m a senior majoring in journalism, and I have been studying Japanese for about four years now.  Most of my free time is spent watching or playing sports and hanging out with friends.


Keerthana Shankar
Hello, there! My name is Keerthana Shankar and I am in my fifth year majoring in Asian Language and Literature with a focus in Korean. I was born in Saudi Arabia to two Indian parents, so I am technically still considered Indian. My native tongue is called Tamil, a South Indian language. In my free time, I am usually drawing or watching youtubers play video/PC games. I am on the board of the Minnesota International Student Association (MISA) and am really passionate about benefitting the international student population. I would love to see you at our events!

Lauren Otto
Hello! My name is Lauren, and I am a sophomore here at the U studying English and Journalism. This is my second year in Classroom Support at the Language Center. I am interested in travel writing, blogging, international news, and nonprofit work. I enjoy reading, writing, adventures, food, and being outside.

Maxine Kobinski
Hello! My name is Maxine and I am currently finishing out my last semester here at the university. I have worked in the Language Center in some way, shape, or form for about three years now. I am a German and Linguistics double major with a TESL minor, and I hope to go to grad school in the future to take courses in becoming a speech-language pathologist (AKA speech therapist). I like kayaking, reading, and going on travel adventures!

Mohamed Abulyusr
Hey, my name is Mohamed and I’m a junior studying Economics, Mathematics, and Business Management. I’m from Orange County, California. I speak Arabic fluently. I can also keep a decent conversation in both French and German. I do a lot of things in my free time such as: swimming, playing soccer, watching TV shows, video games, and going out with friends. I love working here, and I think that everybody is awesome!

Shoua Thao
Nyob zoo! Hi, my name is Shoua Thao and I am a senior this year at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Bachelors of Individualized Studies in Mass Communication, Political Science, and Design minor.  As you might have guessed, I am a native Hmong-speaker, and I learned two years of Korean during my first two years here at the UMN.  In my free time, I love to play flag football and volleyball and hang out with friends. 

Taylor Miller
안녕하세요! My name is Taylor and I’m a Minnesotan, born and raised. I’m a junior at the U majoring in Youth Studies with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). I’m hoping to teach in South Korea one day, and I’m learning Korean to prepare for that. I also know a little Spanish and went to Costa Rica with my high school class in 2011. In my free time I enjoy watching movies, drinking bubble tea, and playing board games.

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