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


(305) 284-2754
Michelle Alvarez is executive director of the Intensive Language Institute (ILI) and the Intensive English Program (IEP) at the Division of Continuing & International Education. Alvarez has over 30 years of experience in language teaching and administration. After completing her MA in linguistics with a concentration in teaching english as a...

Caroline Coy

Lecturer & Student Life Coordinator


I am native to Miami, Florida and have been in the field of English as a Second Language for over nine years. Before joining the University of Miami, I taught ESL in various countries abroad, the Center for Intensive English Studies at Florida State University, and public schools in Denver, Colorado. I have always enjoyed working with students...

Amanda Gail De Varona



(305) 284-4000
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 1


(305) 284-3628
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


(305) 284-4728
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...

Matthew R Kaeiser



(305) 284-1230
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



(305) 284-4000 x2753
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...

Hamza Lamrani

Manager, Business Development


(305) 284-1782
I often refer to myself as a global citizen. At a very young age, I was immersed in a multicultural environment while studying and traveling abroad. After graduating from a French high school, I decided to set onward to experience another culture firsthand by studying at an American university. Upon graduating from the University of Central...

Clarissa M Moorhead



(305) 284-4000
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...

Patience C Phillips



(305) 238-4000
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



(305) 284-2753
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...

Lauren Rivas

Lecturer - Intensive English Program


(305) 284-5797
It is without a doubt that I have always possessed a passion for language and teaching. Fortunately for me, I was exposed to the beautiful and unique facets of this world early, being born and raised in one of the largest melting pots in the world, New York City. I’ve been an English language educator for over nine years. I began my...

Mariah Schuemann



(305) 284-4000
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



(305) 284-2753
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...

Cara Deborah Wenig Mori

Director, Programs


(305) 284-5797
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...

Amanda Yousuf-Little

Assoc. Director, Programs


As a Miami native and University of Miami alumnus, I am proud to be in the midst of fellow Hurricanes. Throughout my life in Miami, I have fallen in love with the culture and languages unique to this ethnically diverse city - a love that led me to the field of language acquisition.In the field of TESOL, I have had the opportunity to work with...