See what some of our students have to say about themselves.

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David Austin

Before the Institute: I studied Mandarin Chinese and worked as a translator in Taipei, Taiwan.

Career Goal: Working with international students and promoting second language development.

Fun Fact: I participated in the highest pond hockey tournament on Earth in Leh, Ladakh, India (~12,000 ft. elevation).

Learn More about David: Turning class reports into real-life projects for a local high school

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Ashley Bayman

Before the Institute: I studied abroad—in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina—then backpacked around the world for nine months.

Career Goal: To advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in international education.

Fun Fact: I love to read fantasy novels in my spare time, especially about the supernatural!

Learn More about Ashley: Turning class reports into real-life projects for a local high school

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Kelly Bohan

Before the Institute: I earned BAs in English and French at the University of Missouri, then taught English in Le Mans, France, with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF).

Career Goal: To contribute to Franco-American exchange by working in study abroad in France promoting students’ learning about French language and culture.

Fun Fact: While living in France I visited more than 70 cities and villages.

Learn More about Kelly: Immersive learning class in Paris at the Middlebury School Abroad

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Pilar Diaz de la Rubia

Before the Institute: I taught English in Madrid for three years as an auxiliar de conversación.

Career Goal: To work with high school Spanish students, helping them come to the U.S. for an international experience.

Fun Fact: I walked 500 miles (805 km) from France to Spain on the Camino de Santiago.

Learn More about Pilar: Practicum with the Middlebury school abroad in Paris

Charlotte Grant

Charlotte Grant

Before the Institute: I served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania in the Environment sector, then taught elementary school science at a charter school in the South Bronx.

Career Goal: To work for the UN or similar organization in the field of education.

Fun Fact: I have webbed toes!

Learn More about Charlotte: Practicum work with Save the Children in Laos

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Lewis Lenard

Before the Institute: I graduated from SUNY Oswego with a BA in linguistics and Spanish.

Career Goal: Helping students connect with their roots through study abroad.

Fun Fact: I love genealogical DNA testing, and I am 98 percent Ashkenazi.

Learn More about Lewis: Group project consulting with Colorado State University’s international campus in Todos Santos, Mexico

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