Latin America Staff in Chile
Jeffrey Lee Stevenson
Associate Professor and Director of the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Latin America, Chile
M.A., Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Washington
Jeff started his career in international education interning with Food for the Hungry in La Paz, Bolivia in 1989 where he collaborated in health education/prevention programs among the Aymara of the Bolivian Altiplano. In 1990 he moved to Santiago, Chile where he lived for five years. In Chile, he first worked with Youth with a Mission and then taught English at the Instituto Chileno-Norteamericano de Cultura. After finishing an M.A. in TESOL from Central Washington University in 1996, he taught English for three years in Tokyo, Japan at Asia University. In 1999, he returned to his native state of Washington where he completed an M.A. in Romance Language Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Washington. Before accepting his current position of Director of the Middlebury School in Latin America (Chile and Mexico), Jeff was a member of the faculty of Seattle Pacific University where he coordinated a study abroad/service learning trip to Santiago, Chile and taught Spanish and graduate-level courses in Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics. Of his love for Latin American cultures he states, “I went to Chile in 1990 with a 10-month plane ticket and stayed for five years.” He is passionate about helping students gain the second language and cross-cultural competence that will allow them to make significant contributions as global citizens.
Víctor Hugo Ramírez
Assessment Specialist for the Cuaderno Course, C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Latin America, Chile
M.A., Education, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Victor started his teaching career at the Puerto Vallarta branch of the University of Guadalajara’s Centro para Estudiantes Extranjeros in 1998. In 2003 he joined the Universidad Veracruzana’s teaching staff and also became coordinator of the U.S. Studies Program. He was also a member of several selection committees for study abroad and organized field trips for Universidad Veracruzana (UV) students visiting American universities. In 2010 Victor joined the UV’s Department for Academic Development of ELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language) and has been participating in different curriculum development projects such as the design of ECELE -the official certification exam of the Mexican government for Spanish as a Foreign Language. Since 2011, Victor has been working with students taking the Cuaderno course in Chile. Victor graduated from the UV and has a double major in English and French. He also holds a B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de México and an M.A. in Education with a thesis on Curriculum Design of ELE from the Tec de Monterrey.
Pamela Figueroa Silva
Project Coordinator of the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Latin America, Chile
B.A. Graphic Design, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Pamela studied Graphic Design at the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, where she was also a T.A. Later she taught design software to designers, publishers and other related professionals for a certificate program at the Universidad Gabriela Mistral. She has 10 years of experience in the publishing sector as a designer, marketing chief and product manager. As project coordinator for the program, she researches and supervises housing and internship placements, organizes field trips, extracurricular and program-sponsored activities and coordinates program orientations.
Graduate Intern, Monterey Institute of International Studies
B.A., Studio Art, Florida State University
Vanessa graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in Studio Art. Inspired by her experiences growing up in Panama and Italy in a military family, she continued her travels by teaching English in Spain for two years. She also spent two years teaching middle school in Miami, FL. In an effort to fuse her passion for education and intercultural, experiential learning, she decided to pursue a Masters in International Education Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Vanessa is very excited to be a part of the Middlebury Schools Abroad Chile team for her graduate practicum and hopes for a future career developing and managing study abroad programs either in the U.S. or overseas.
Latin America Staff in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay
Claudio González Chiaramonte
Associate Professor and Director of the School in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay)
M.A., Ph.D., History, SUNY-Stony Brook
After studying in the United States as a Fulbright Fellow and Scholar from 1992-1994, Claudio returned to his native Argentina and designed the International Studies Program at the Centro Universitario de Idiomas--Facultad de Agronomia, Universidad de Buenos Aires. He directed the Dickinson College summer program in Málaga, Spain, and most recently worked with the Pepperdine University program at the Universidad de Belgrano. He has also worked at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and the Universidad del Salvador and he has taught at Middlebury College and Dickinson College as a Visiting Instructor. Currently, Claudio teaches a semester-long seminar, "U.S. Diplomacy in the Cold War: Foreign Policy, Society, and Culture," at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (Universidad de Buenos Aires). The Director is stationed in Buenos Aires, but remains in regular contact with all C.V. Starr-Middlebury students studying abroad in Latin America in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.
Liria C. Evangelista
Professor of the course Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competence, Argentina and Uruguay
Liria Earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and taught at Middlebury College and Dickinson College before returning to Argentina to work for the Centro Universitario de Idiomas, Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de Buenos Aires. There she developed the Spanish Program for Foreigners, and coordinated the English Program, also working as General Academic Director until 2004. A specialist in cultural studies and Argentine Literature, she has published a book on the issues of cultural memory during post-dictatorship Argentina, as well as several articles on Latin American and Spanish Literature. She teaches Latin American History and Culture to American students at the Universidad de Belgrano. She is presently teaching two courses at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires: Art and Horror during the XIXth Century and Popular Literature in the XIXth Century.
Maria Marta Gabriela Lamoretti
Assistant Director, Argentina
Maria Marta studied Anthropology and Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires, where she also taught Art History and History of Visual Communication at its Faculty of Architecture. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's degree in Cultural Organizations Management at the same university. She has a strong background in the performing arts (dance and lyrical voice training), and worked for 15 years in the publishing sector as a designer, journalist and technical editor. As coordinator for the program, she researches and supervises housing and internship placements, organizes extracurricular and program-sponsored activities, and manages general office administration in Buenos Aires.
Site Staff in Brazil
Resident Coordinator, Florianópolis
Daniela Brito received her MA in English and Applied Linguistics and her BA in Portuguese and English Linguistics and Literatures at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Brazil. Her MA research aimed at investigating cognitive aspects of second language acquisition and bilingualism from a psycholinguistic perspective. Her professional experience includes teaching English and Portuguese for ten years at private language schools and regular schools in Brazil as well as teaching English as a Foreign Language. In addition, she has experience in translation, revision and bilingual executive secretarial assistance. As coordinator, Daniela researches and supervises housing and internship placements, and organizes extracurricular activities and cultural excursions. She also teaches the writing course to program students in Florianópolis.
Site Staff in Uruguay
Resident Coordinator, Montevideo
Sylvia Murninkas studied Communications at the Labor University of Uruguay and Performance Theater at Montevideo's City School for Dramatic Arts and has production exerience in both journalism and advertising. As our resident coordinator, Sylvia is primarily responsible for the welfare of our students in Montevideo and for maintaining relationships with our housing and internship providers.
Site Staff in Argentina
Internship Assistant, Argentina
For the past 12 years, Juan has been involved in various areas of public and private education. He was the academic secretary of the English department as well as of UBA’s communication program in the Agronomy faculty. He was also the area training coordinator for education professionals for the government of Buenos Aires. As internship assistant in Argentina, Juan organizes internship placement in Buenos Aires and Tucumàn, and is responsible for recruiting and supervising the institutions where our students work.