Who are the ESL Staff?
The ESL Center is run by Veronica Campos who coordinates the tutors and many of the Center’s activities and services. The tutoring team is diverse and steadily growing. This fall semester we have eleven tutors working with us, and these will be the people most students will meet when booking a one-on-one tutoring session. With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to the team and let you get to know a little bit about them all.
Meet the Tutors:
- Mikey Estes
- Lori Klemm
- Ana Luiza d'Utra Vaz
- Christine Cartwright
- Erin Kelly
- Chessy Marie Dintruff
- Sharose Khan
- Samin Emini
- Franco Dorival
- Huan Vo
- ESL Featured Alumni
Hi! I’m Veronica Campos, and I’m the instructor for the NOVA Annandale ESL Center. I would like to invite all ESL students to come and visit the Center. We have lots of fun, exciting and educational activities for all of you. We hope to see you soon!
Hello! My name is Sarina. I work in the ESL Center as a lab assistant. If you have any questions while you’re at the lab, do not hesitate to come and see me. I will help you as much as I can. You can receive tutoring from student tutors from NOVA that aid with conversation, grammar questions, and most anything else related to English that you are having trouble with. You can also use the computers that are installed with programs designed to assist students with English. We have a lot of helpful software like Tell Me More, which helps students with speaking and listening by having them talk to the computer program, and writing software that also assists with English grammar and writing. I am taking credit courses now, but previously I was taking intensive ESL courses also. I started in the low levels. I came here to receive tutoring and use specialized computer programs. As a result, I skipped many levels. Now I am taking credit courses and working here! I strongly recommend you come here and enjoy the benefits the ESL Center offers.
Hello, my name is Nguyet. I am from Vietnam. I know it is hard to pronounce my name, so take it easy because you can call me Moon instead. My name translated into English means moon. I have been living in the U.S. for a short time. My major is Business Administration and Management. I hope to get a degree in the U.S. I know how hard it is to study in this country and it takes a long time. I like to learn new things. It makes me feel challenged. I always try to do everything the best I can.
Let me tell you about a very interesting and wonderful place for everyone to come and share their knowledge. It is the ESL Center. Please come and make a tutoring appointment. We have an excellent tutoring team. Also, we have excellent software programs such as Tell Me More, FEG, UUEG, Writing Essay, Pronunciation etc. Lastly, the ESL workshop activities are very useful and a lot of fun. You will realize how these activities can improve your English skills. I am excited to see all of you here.
Hello everyone! I am Jungyeon Goo, a new Lab Assistant at the ESL Center. I came to the US one year ago and I've been working since the beginning of this Fall semester. Even though I may lack experience working here, I will do everything with my best effort to help you. Now I am a non-credit ESL student in the last level of classes. When I took ESL courses for the first time, I came here to practice speaking, practice grammar, and to have the opportunity to be tutored almost every day. As I result, I feel that I improved more and more. Many people ask me how they improve their English skills. I always suggest going to the ESL Center to use software programs or make an appointment with a tutor. It will help you in many ways. I hope you will take my suggestion, I would like to see you often here at the ESL Center!
Hello. Nice to meet you all! I am a lab assistant here at the ESL center. My name is Hyeyeon Yoon, but you can also call me Grace. I am from Korea and I have been in the U.S. for one year. Right now, I am taking credit classes and studying business. As an international student, it is not easy to get along with Americans because of my language problem. I was disappointed with my English speaking skills, but I realized that I needed to do something about it. Therefore, I went to the ESL center and tried to practice English as much as I can. The ESL center helped me a lot, not only in speaking, but also in writing. Moreover, tutors and assistants in the ESL center are so nice that I was willing to go there every day. I definitely recommend the ESL center if you need help in English. Lastly, I like it a lot when people come and ask help from me, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions. Thank you!
Hi! I'm Mike! but you can call me Mikey. I'm one of the tutors in the ESL center as well as a student here at NOVA. I'm an international studies major here at NVCC and my main focus is learning languages. I studied Japanese for 4 years in high school, Korean for 2 years in high school and one semester at NOVA, and Chinese for 2 semesters at NOVA. I have also picked up a few phrases from other languages such as, German, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Arabic, so i know the kind of issues students can face when learning a new language. I have a love for learning languages, but i also have a love for teaching. I am a native speaker, born and raised right here in Northern Virginia, so if you have and questions feel free to ask me! I love helping students improve their English and become more acculturated to living here in America.
Hello, my name is Lori Klemm. I am excited about being a volunteer at NOVA's ESL Center. I have found the ESL Center to be a very friendly place, and I hope that any of you who have not visited us will do so very soon.
I grew up in Japan, so I can empathize with students who face the challenges of living in a foreign country. It takes a brave person to move to a foreign land and learn a new language, and I feel privileged to help these students.
I have been studying linguistics at George Mason University in order to become an ESL teacher, and on the side I tutor many people in English. I have a special interest in helping people with their pronunciation. I hope to see many of you at the Center.
Hello! My name is Ana. I am a Brazilian architectural student and an ESL tutor at NOVA. I owe my passion for languages and diversity to the Brazilian-German school I studied at. It is where I learned English, German, and Spanish.
During my high school years back in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I gladly tutored classmates and always found it to be extremely rewarding. Even if I was very happy doing it, I didn't realize it would turn out to be one of my passions until had I was recruited to be a tutor here at the Language Center. This job suits me for it blends my fascination for languages, cultures, and tutoring.
As an International Student, I know how hard it can be to learn a new language - let alone move to another country! Therefore, my goal is not only to provide academic assistance, but also to remind ESL students they are not alone and how enriching their uniqueness is. I am looking forward to share my stories and learn about other cultures and experiences. NOVA's diversity is simply wonderful, and I couldn't be happier to work so closely with such a rich and diverse group of students.
Hi! I'm Christine. You may remember me from The Writing Center at NOVA. I'm working on my graduate degree in English at George Mason University. I also am an editor and author. Check out my book on Amazon, Connections for Love-The Right Ones for You under my pen name, Catherine Landon. I am currently writing a series of fiction books. I really enjoy dancing-ballroom, East and West Coast swing, hustle, and salsa-and playing piano and cello. I especially love helping ESL students improve their written and oral communication skills. I have to learn Spanish for my graduate degree, and I know how hard it is to learn another language! I look forward to working with you at the ESL Center!
Hi! I'm Erin. I'm a graduate student at George Mason working to get my TESOL certificate as well as a Master's in Education; this is my second semester here at the ESL Center. I learn something new every day I come to work and it always makes my day better.
I'm here to help in any way I can. Looking forward to seeing you!
Hey everyone! My name is Chessy. I recently graduated from NOVA in the Spring of 2011, with an associates degree of science in social sciences. I am currently a full time student at George Mason University. My major is biology with a minor in neuroscience. My long-term goal is to become a doctor one day. Working at the tutoring center has been one of my most rewarding jobs I've had so far. Not only do I have the wonderful opportunity to share my knowledge about the English language, but I also learn a lot from students too!
Now lets talk about you! First of all, great job for taking a step toward the right direction in your academic career. Coming to the tutoring center will benefit you with extra help in your classes. I know it can be frustrating at times, but with the right support it will help you flourish in your studies. The learning process is a journey. I assure you that you are not alone. If you keep working hard, it will lead you to a key that will open more doors in your future.
Don't forget that a lot of us tutors have been in your shoes at one point, and we know how challenging classes can be. Our goal is to help you succeed. Remember that the more you practice, the better you will become. I am always happy to help, and look forward to meeting you in person. Good luck with all of your future endeavors!
Born in Pakistan, I moved to Saudi Arabia when I was three years old. I was brought up studying British English courses taught by South Asian teachers in English Medium Schools with Arab and African students. Growing up I was also greatly influenced by Japanese and American media. As a result of experiencing so many cultures, I have become a very open minded person who gets along with foreigners well. Along with being hired as an ESL tutor, I was also recently accepted for the position of a student ambassador for the academic year 2012-2013.
As a student here at Northern Virginia Community College, I've spent a lot of time practicing English with the club International Friends (IF). Their website is http://ifnova.org. IF has played a key role in my social life in U.S. by introducing me to new friends, activities and discussions to enjoy. This is evident from the pictures on their facebook page.
At this point, it has been less than two years since I came to United States. I've made tons of great close friends from various countries such as Lulu Ge, Weiyi Chen, Jeehee Choi, Linda Han, Lulu Ma, John Lim, Hannah Hakes, Magdalen Hager and Shichiji Ishiyama to name a few! I look forward to making even more friends through this position at the ESL center as I commit myself to exploit the best of my English skills to tutor in the finest fashion.
Hi! I am Samin. Friends and family call me Sam or Samko. I am an international student from Kosovo, a country in southern Europe. I am passionate about automotive engineering and industrial design; hence, my major is mechanical engineering.
When I was in third grade, my parents insisted that I take an English course because they thought that I might need it in the future. They were right. Besides English, I am fluent in Albanian, which is my native language, and German. I can communicate a little bit in Serbo-Croatian, too. Being an international student myself, I know what international students go through when they come to the United States. I understand the origin of your problems, and I will do my best to help you solve them. My goal is to make the 30 minutes that you spend with me, the most productive "English" minutes of your day. That's all folks!.
Hello! My name is Franco and I’m an ESL tutor at the Language Center. I graduated from Nova in 2011 and I currently attend George Mason University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Russia and Central Asia. I plan to do a Master of Public Administration after I graduate.
I’m fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian language as well. My passion for learning foreign languages has no limits and it is one of the reasons why I chose to be a tutor. Tutoring ESL at Northern Virginia Community College gives me the opportunity not only to engage with students from different nationalities, but also to be involved in such a multicultural and diverse environment that enriches me personally and professionally. I love working with ESL students because I know the dedication and great effort it takes to learn a new language. If you ever have any questions and you see me around, do not hesitate to ask me. I will be more than glad to help you. Always remember this - the more you practice, the better you get.
I look forward to working with you so that you can accomplish your goals. Keep up the hard work!
My name is Huan Vo and I'm also an ESL Conversation Workshop Facilitator at the NOVA Annandale Campus. I'm happy to be a part of the Language Center team. Besides that, I also enjoy helping students practice their English language skills, as well as seeing their improvement during the duration of the semester. If you need any help about learning English, please do not hesitate to stop by the Language Center.