Faculty and Staff
The IEP has excellent staff and professional teachers. All of our faculty and staff members have lived in other countries around the world. Our faculty have at least a Masters degree, and many have experience teaching in other countries and speak more than one language.

Faculty and Staff

Michelle M Alvarez

Executive Director, Programs

malvarez@miami.edu

(305) 284-2754
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 114
I have been working at the University of Miami Intensive English Program since 1988. I have been an IEP faculty member, Level Coordinator and Assistant Director for Academics at the IEP. It has been an extraordinary experience that has allowed me to meet many wonderful students from all over the world. I enjoy making sure that these students...

Dawn Arrol

Lecturer

d.arrol@miami.edu

(305) 284-6671
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 211
I am proud to be a member of the University of Miami IEP' s faculty and I very much enjoy the broad range of cultures and people in this lush city of cities, Mi- ami. My younger years were spent in small town Michigan and Gainesville, Flor- ida. Since the last time I lived in Florida, the appeal of assisting others, delving into the...

Karen Charris

Administrative Assistant

kxc522@miami.edu

(305) 284-2752
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
I was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Miami. My parents are Colombian. I earned my AS in Paralegal and I am currently on my way back into school to receive my BS. Most of my adult life, I have worked in the education field. I enjoy speaking to students and getting to know where they come from and what their interests and likes are. I...

Amanda Gail De Varona

Lecturer

a.agila@miami.edu

(305) 284-4000
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 211
I was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. Even as a young child, my family traveled constantly and I loved to see new places. It was not until I began taking Spanish in high school that I discovered a love for languages as well. During my studies, I have had the opportunity to study and travel abroad in Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela,...

Enrique A Duran

IT Project Specialist

eduran@miami.edu

(305) 284-3628
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 102A
I was born in Bogota, Colombia. I moved to Miami at a young age and have lived here all my life. From an early age, I've had a constant passion for technology. I previously worked with UMIT (University of Miami's central IT department) in both the Medical and Gables campuses. At UMIT I was responsible for supporting and maintaining...

Brigitte Fargas

Program Coordinator

bxf268@miami.edu

Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
I am native to Miami, Florida and have worked within the field of education for over 5 years. I love culture and diversity and I am devoted to assist students from all walks of life attain their academic potential. I am here to assist you with your transition into the IEP program and look forward to helping you through the completion of your...

Calla E Gudheim

Lecturer

c.gudheim@miami.edu

(305) 284-1274
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 211
My love for teaching English to speakers of other languages began when I was living in Boston and helping those most in need learn to read and write in their second language. It was there that I worked to develop an ESL program to serve disenfranchised women in the community. Since then, I have taught in a variety of educational settings and...

Matthew R Kaeiser

Lecturer

mkaeiser@miami.edu

(305) 284-1230
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 211
I have almost twenty years of experience teaching English as a second language, a lot of graduate credits in counseling, and certification as an Appreciative Advisor. Therefore, I have a real interest in cross-cultural issues. My teaching interests include utilizing active and accelerated learning strategies and using different techniques to...

David J Kramer

Lecturer

d.kramer@miami.edu

(305) 284-4000 x2753
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 211.09
I have been working in the ESL world for many years in numerous places. I worked in Madrid, Spain, at the North American Cultural Center, ACHNA. Later I returned to the United States to teach English for Academic Purposes at Boston University, CELOP and Harvard University, IELP. Before coming to the University of Miami, I taught Academic English...

Clarissa M Moorhead

Lecturer

cmb139@miami.edu

(305) 284-4000
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 211
I love teaching and interacting with international students because, although I was born in the USA, I grew up primarily in England and Belgium. Because of my international, multicultural childhood, "home" is difficult for me to define. The ESL world is where I feel most at home and I am so lucky that I get to spend my days learning...

Saghar L Naghib

Lecturer

s.naghib@miami.edu

(305) 284-2753
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 211
My career began with teaching English Literature, Intensive Reading, and English as a second language at an inner-city high school in North Miami. Since then, I have continued teaching English as a second language to students from diverse backgrounds as well as training pre-service teachers earning an ESOL endorsement for their teaching...

Patience C Phillips

Lecturer

p.phillips@miami.edu

(305) 238-4000
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 111
I was completing work on a degree in English literature when I began working in ESL as a part time tutor. The experience of working with international students was so compelling to me that I changed course and decided to make ESL my career. I completed a second degree in education, specializing in teaching ESL. I then taught English at...

Marissa A Pipino

Lecturer

m.pipino@miami.edu

(305) 284-2753
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 212
A native of New York City with over ten years of teaching experience, I relocat- ed to Miami several years ago. While living in New York, I worked in multiple school settings with students of various ages and backgrounds. During that time, I also had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and South America. There, I deepened my appreciation...

Mariah Schuemann

Lecturer

mxs1753@miami.edu

(305) 284-4000
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 211
I first developed my awareness of the beauty and complexities of the globalizing world growing up in Miami— a tropical microcosm that accommodates the merging of cultures, identities, and languages while also preserving their distinctions. This is where my love of English language teaching originates. Traveling outside my hometown,...

Ethan S Talmadge

Lecturer

e.talmadge@miami.edu

(305) 284-2753
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 211
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Vermont, I have been involved in ESL / EFL since 1993. I studied English Literature at the University of Denver in CO, and later received an MA TESL degree from St. Michael's college in Colchester, VT. I have lived and taught in Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand, and Brazil, while gaining a degree of...

Jenny Vargas

Assoc. Director, Programs

j.zwanziger@miami.edu

(305) 284-5793
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 111
As the Associate Director of the Intensive English Program, I have the pleasure of assisting students with questions about immigration, payments, cultural adjustment, other UM offices and services around Miami. I enjoy working with students from around the world and learning about their countries and cultures. Before coming to Miami, I lived in...

Cara Deborah Wenig Mori

Director, Programs

cwenigmori@miami.edu

(305) 284-5797
Allen Hall
5050 Brunson Dr
Room 211.03
I have been involved in the field of English as a Second Language since 1998. Before my arrival at the University of Miami in 2006, I taught in Chile and Ecuador and was a teacher / curriculum coordinator at an intensive English program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Traveling throughout South America and Europe has shown me the importance of learning...