January 31, 2014

The University of North Carolina Greensboro Staff

Patrick Lilja, Director

Patrick Lilja possesses more than a decade of experience in the field of international education. He has held positions as a teacher, a teacher trainer, and an administrator. He has traveled to over 50 countries and has spent several years living in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Patrick is a member of the NAFSA Region VI leadership team and is a seasoned CEA site reviewer.  He has recently presented at numerous conferences including: English USA, TESOL, and NAFSA.  He was a 2014 participant in the NAFSA Academy.  He holds a BS in Biology from Cornell University and a M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the SIT Graduate Institute. Curious about places and ideas, he studied for a semester on board the SS Universe Explorer and taught English aboard Japan’s Peace Boat. He has studied Spanish and Japanese.

Ms. Gloria Darby, Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, Gloria Darby recently married and is the mother of two grown kids. After graduating from Dudley High School in 1974, she decided to join the United States Army, where she served for ten years. Gloria was a cheerleading and dance coach for the military recreation center in San Antonio, Texas and decided that whatever she did in life would revolve around working with kids. She is an active member of her community and church and loves all sports, especially golf. Gloria came to INTERLINK with 25 years of administrative experience and is very excited to join the team.

Sonali-Kathuria-UNCG Sonali Kathuria, Student Assistant

Sonali Kathuria is in her sophomore year at UNCG where she is majoring in International Global Studies with a concentration in Affairs and Development and is also minoring in Political Science. So far, Sonali has had the wonderful opportunity to visit India, England, France, and Switzerland, and hopes to visit many more in the future. During her freshman year, she was a Conversation Partner through Interlink and made many new friends and gained many new experiences. Through UNCG, she is also an active member in the Global Leadership Program by participating in various cultural events. Sonali is also involved within the Indian community and has been performing Classical and Folk Indian dances since 1999.

Ms. Kristine Adams, Instructor

Kristine Adams grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and moved to Tennessee to complete her B.A. in Foreign Languages with a specialization in Spanish and a minor in Music, before returning to Alaska to pursue her M.A. in Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She recently joined the INTERLINK team after two years of teaching in China at Shantou University. Her love of languages led her to many study abroad opportunities and enhanced her love of other cultures as well as languages. In her free time, she loves taking photographs, listening to music, traveling, exploring new cultures and languages, and reading.

Giovanna Alessio UNCG Ms. Giovanna Alessio, Instructor

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. Outside of teaching and learning languages, Giovanna enjoys yoga, hiking, Latin dancing, crafts, and international cooking.

Ms. Molly Anthony, Instructor

Molly Anthony first started working with ESL students as a student tutor at the writing center of her undergraduate institution, Marietta College. She graduated from Marietta with a double major in English and psychology and a minor in leadership. She went on to complete the English M.A. program, with a concentration in TESOL, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. While at IUPUI, she worked at an academic center that specialized in intercultural communication, she participated in the teaching and development of intensive English programs, and she conducted research in corpus linguistics and contrastive rhetoric. From August 2006-July 2007, she taught at Shantou University in Shantou, Guangdong, China. Molly has been teaching at INTERLINK/UNCG since October of 2007.

Ms. Ellen Baumgartner, Instructor

Ellen Baumgartner joined INTERLINK first as a part-time instructor in August, 2006 and then began full-time in January 2007. Ellen did her undergraduate work at Drew University in Madison, NJ, majoring in Behavioral Science and Education. She taught for a few years in elementary schools and pre-schools and then decided that she needed a change. Due to her love of traveling and wanting to take advantage of her Swiss citizenship, she went to Switzerland in order to improve her French and learn German. On the way, she discovered English-language teaching and earned her CELTA certificate from International House, London in 1993. She then began teaching for a private language school in the cities of Zug and Basel in Switzerland. In 2002, she returned to the States after 13 years of living abroad and pursued her M.Ed. with an ESL concentration at UNCG. While doing this, she also taught ESL to immigrants at GTCC. Ellen enjoys reading, especially historical fiction, listening to music, traveling, trying new restaurants, and playing with her dog, Sandy. She loves her students at INTERLINK because they teach her so much about their cultures and because they are so motivated to learn.

Ms. Lynn Bergschneider, Academic Coordinator

Lynn Bergschneider has taught in Ecuador, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and in various cities in the U.S. She received her B.S. in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. After working in international marketing for four years, she attended the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont and received her M.A.T. in TESOL. For the next five years she worked in the field of English for Business Purposes for the Language Institute of Japan, Sumitomo Metals, and Procter & Gamble. In 1996 she joined INTERLINK at the Terre Haute campus for 3 years, took a year off to teach at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai, and then returned to INTERLINK at UNCG in 2000. She still finds working with international students enriching after almost 25 years in the field. Her other passions include traveling and outdoor activities like hiking and gardening. She is also an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer at the Guilford County Extension.

Geoffrey-Butler-UNCG 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. In his spare time, he likes reading, cooking, and taking walks.

Ms. Sarah Love, Instructor
Sarah Love has been working at INTERLINK now for over 2 years. Previous to teaching at INTERLINK, she taught English and English as a Second Language domestically in Alaska, Vermont, and Georgia, and internationally in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Indonesia. Sarah graduated from UNCG with a Bachelor’s in Sociology, Minors in History and Environmental Studies, and a Concentration in German. During her undergraduate study, she studied abroad in Mannheim, Germany. For her Master’s, Sarah graduated from the School for International Training (SIT) with a Master’s in TESOL. During her time at SIT, she completed her practicum in Costa Rica with an emphasis on Teacher Training. Besides teaching, Sarah loves cycling, cats, reading, crafting, grammar, and Greensboro.
Ms. Andrea Podlesni, Instructor

Andrea Podlesni grew up in West Virginia and earned her B.A. in Religious Studies at Guilford College. After a year of volunteering with Americorps, she went on to receive an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at American University, in Washington DC, where she worked with non-native English speakers in the university’s writing center. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, painting, reading, and writing. As a writer, Andrea enjoys the new perspectives that non-native speakers give her on English. Her short stories have appeared in Panhandler and Ghost Town magazines.

Ms. Linda Roth, Instructor

Linda Roth (BS, Biology and Secondary Education; MA Curriculum and Instruction; MS Teaching English as a Second Language) has been teaching English as a Second Language for many years, first as a volunteer, then as a business owner, and most recently for 16 years at Vanderbilt University’s English Language Center. She has taught part time at INTERLINK since Fall of 2012. Her empathy for international students results from having grown up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and having to learn American culture when her parents returned to the U.S. Besides enjoying traveling, Linda loves gardening, landscaping, and hiking.

Ms. Katheryn van Laar

Katheryn van Laar grew up in a very multicultural family in Canada and the U.S. Her love of cultures led her to study language acquisition. She attended the University of Ottawa, completing a B.A. in Second Language Teaching and M.Ed. in Second Language Education. Katheryn taught in Canada at the University of Ottawa, in Georgia at a local library, and in China at Shantou University. She has been at INTERLINK for one year and hopes to continue working with the great students here. She loves learning about new cultures and people and hopes to continue her education in that field. In her free time, Katheryn enjoys cooking, painting, knitting, and reading.

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