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Name - Jeremy Frye

Team Position - Team Captain

Talent - Guitar, Piano, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, English

About Me - I absolutely love different languages and cultures! I received my master's degree in Teaching Foreign Language from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. I have been teaching in official settings for 3 years, but I've informally given lessons in various subjects since high school. Also, I love playing ping pong!

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Name - Tana E.

Team Position - Coach

Talent - Japanese

About Me - I have around 6 years' experience teaching children in Japan and the U.S. and in recent years volunteered for casual adult-focused Japanese classes. I've been learning Japanese for 10 years and I'd love to help you learn too, whatever your level or goal. My hobbies right now are Urasenke Tea Ceremony, reading, and handbuilt pottery. Sometimes I study Spanish, Mandarin, and Urdu. I like to listen to J-pop/J-rock as well but my tastes are probably a little outdated. Let me know if you have any good recommendations!

Name - Kelsey Scholl

Team Position - Coach

Talent - Arabic

About Me - I am originally from the East Coast. I received two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Arabic (primarily in Modern Standard Arabic/MSA) and the other in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University (MSU). After graduation, I moved to the West Coast to complete my Master’s degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies with Arabic as my language of concentration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). 

While at MSU, I studied abroad in Amman, Jordan where I completed my Junior year of Arabic credits while also studying the Jordanian dialect (Shami/Levantine), Arabic media, Arabic music, culture, and dance. I also learned how to cook popular Jordanian/Middle Eastern meals! 

While at MIIS, I had the grand honor of being a Department of State (DoS) Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) awardee. The DoS sent me to Tangier, Morocco where I continued to study MSA as well as the Moroccan dialect (Darija). I also learned about the Moroccan, Amazigh, Arab, and North African culture, which included Moroccan cooking, Moroccan and Arab music, and even a little calligraphy. 

Throughout my studies, I have taken courses in Classical Arabic, Arabic poetry, Arabic geopolitics and history, Women Leadership and Activism in the Arab World, and so much more. I would love to help you find/cultivate your passion for the Arabic language given my studies and time abroad anyway I can!

In my spare time, I love to bake, read, travel, and of course, study other foreign languages!

Name - Liz Fiala

Team Position - Coach

 

Talent - English and French

 

About Me - My love of languages, culture, and travel has led me to develop a passion for working with international students and with people who wish to study abroad. With my MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and my time living and studying in France, I know that I can help you develop the knowledge and skills that you need to thrive in both English and French.

A native of California, I have lived on three continents and traveled to six. I spent six years living in France, first as a foreign exchange student in high school and then for my entire bachelor’s degree. When I’m not traveling or teaching, I enjoy riding my motorcycle, swimming in the ocean, and doing pretty much anything with animals.

Name - Amanda Gilbride

 

Team Position - Coach

 

Talent - Chinese

 

About Me - I studied Chinese and Linguistics at Indiana University, where I was part of the Chinese Flagship Program. During my senior year, I spent over a year studying in Nanjing and working in Shanghai. I earned my MA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. I started working at Choate in the fall of 2020.