INTERLINK teachers are selected for their knowledge and competence in the field of ESL, their extensive cross-cultural experience, and their unqualified commitment to their students. They use a variety of methods and approaches to mold their classes in accordance with their personal pedagogical outlooks, the needs of the particular individuals in the class, and the fundamental principles and goals of INTERLINK.
Giovanna Alessio, Institute Director
Giovanna Alessio taught English and German in Mexico and in California for five years before joining the INTERLINK teaching staff. Having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area, she counts herself as a California native but relocated to Greensboro to teach English at INTERLINK in 2013. She holds a B.A. in German Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Masters in TESOL from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Megan Holt-Smith, Student Services Coordinator
Megan Holt-Smith is a North Carolina native, and she holds an M.A. in Romance Languages: Spanish, Community College Instruction and a B.A. in Spanish and German. Having studied abroad in Germany during her undergraduate studies and then later serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Germany, Megan has developed a strong passion for international education, student support and experiential learning. She is excited to be working with and learning from the students during their time here in the United States.
Geoffrey Butler, Instructor
Geoffrey Butler was born in Alexandria, Virginia and majored in Classical Studies at the University of Virginia. After receiving his BA, he began teaching with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan in 2003. Since that time he has worked in Japan, Costa Rica, South Korea, and the USA. He holds an M.A. in TESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute. He has been teaching at INTERLINK since August of 2015.
Abdoul Diop, Instructor
Abdoul Diop grew up in Senegal before coming to the United States as a Fulbright fellow. Abdoul loves studying languages and is fluent in French, Arabic, Wolof, and English. He also studied German and Spanish in Senegal. Abdoul did his education in French up to the university level and then he went to Ecole Normal Superieure de Dakar to be trained as a French and EFL teacher at the secondary school level. He then had a Fulbright scholarship to further his studies as a cultural ambassador at the University of Texas at Austin with a major in English literature and a minor in education. After his B.A, Abdoul earned his M.A in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Indiana State University where he taught Arabic, ESL, French, and Wolof as a teaching assistant. Abdoul has been teaching at INTERLINK since October 2016.
Lara Kurth, Instructor
Lara Kurth majored in English and Spanish at the University of California Santa Barbara. After teaching Spanish and English, she obtained a M.A. in TESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute. Since then she has taught English in Costa Rica, Japan, South Korea, and the USA. She has been teaching at INTERLINK since August 2015.
Isaac Grose, Instructor
Isaac is originally from western North Carolina and has taught ESOL in Greensboro since 2014. Isaac obtained his M.A. in TESOL from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2013 and plans to complete his M.A. in Intercultural Studies from SEBTS in 2020. He began teaching at INTERLINK in 2016 and greatly enjoys working with his outstanding colleagues to help students from diverse cultural backgrounds reach their academic and personal goals. Isaac has been married since 2017 to his wife Hannah, who was born and raised in northern Thailand. He has had opportunities in the past to travel abroad to fascinating places such as Thailand, Romania, Guatemala, Haiti, Argentina, and South Asia. In his free time, Isaac enjoys spending time with family, serving others through the local church, and following sports of all kinds.