FLL Teaching Assistants

TAs for Foreign Languages Department, 2016

 Arabic Chinese CL/CS   French German Japanese Russian



Abdullah Serag Abdullah Serag - Part Time Instructor
Abdullah Serag is a native Yemeni who received his BA and MA at Sana'a University, specializing in Arabic Literature and the methods of teaching Arabic. He has been teaching Arabic to non-native speakers for over ten years and wrote a textbook on Yemeni dialect called "Peter in Sana'a".
aserag@unm.edu Office Hours: T 2:30-4:00 F 9:00-10:30 or by appointment Room: 351A


Ruochen Bo

Ruochen Bo
Ruochen received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, NM in 2014. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Comparative Literature.  She is interested in Film studies and her research interests are: the construction and interpretation of meaning in literature and film, modernism, and existentialism.

rbo415@unm.edu Office Hours: Th F 9:30-11:00 Room: 353A

Ying Xu

Dr. Ying Xu received her BA and MA in English at Sichuan University, China and earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of New Mexico in 2012. Her specialized areas include nineteenth-century American literature, Asian American literature, Victorian iterature, and literary criticism and theory. She is currently Term Faculty in the Department of English, offering composition and literature courses. She also works as a guest lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, teaching Chinese courses and Asian American literature and culture. She is a contributor to OUPblog (Oxford University Press) and contributed to “Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far)” on Oxford Bibliographies. She is currently working on an article on “Chinese Exclusion Act” for Oxford Bibliographies and a chapter on teaching Asian American literature and the law, which will be included in MLA’s special collection on Teaching Asian North American Texts. Her Chinese translation of Leslie Silko’s novel Ceremony will be published by Zhejiang Publishing Press of Art and Literature in China this year. 


Office Hours: M 10:00-12:00 (HUM 351), T 11:00-12:00 (ORTG 327B) or by appointment 

Room: 327B


Bethany Hayenga

Bethany Hayenga 

Beth received a B.A. in Classics from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She is excited for the opportunity to teach introductory Latin while pursuing her M.A. Her academic interests include ancient science and mathematics, archaeology, and cows.


Office Hours: T Th 11:00-12:00 and W 2:00-3:00

Room: 315D

Benjamin John Benjamin John
Benjamin John received a B.A. in English from UNM in 2012 and spent the next several years in a cave contemplating the purpose of life. Now, he has emerged knowing that the purpose of life is service. In that spirit, he is thankful for the opportunity to commence work on an M.A. in Classics. His interests are saving the Latin language through study and teaching, researching magic and religion in the Greco-Roman world, and plucking on a guitar from time to time.

Office Hours: M W 1:00-2:00 and Th 4:00-5:00

Room: 347A

Sara Keith

Sarah Keith
Sarah Keith has a B.A in Latin and Classics from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. She is interested in elegiac door imagery, Latin poetry, women in antiquity, ancient letters, and teaching, and is excited to be a Lobo!

sckeith@unm.edu Office Hours: T Th 8:30-10:00 Room: 315A
Luke Lea

Luke Lea

Luke holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His academic interests center around Greek philosophy, especially Plato's dialogues.

lulea@unm.edu  Office Hours: Th 2:00-2:30, F 9:00-10:00

Room:  347A

Ben Leach

Benjamin Leach
In 2014, Ben earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees at Ohio State University, one in Ancient History and Classics and the other in Greek and Latin. As an enthusiast of history, Ben enjoys a range of historical topics, ranging from the dynasties of Egypt to the Peloponnesian War to the Year of the Four Emperors. However, since being admitted into the Master's degree at UNM, Ben's main focus is on Archaic and Classical Greece, particularly the representation of the city-state Aigina, which was a mercantile rival to Athens up until the Peloponnesian War, during which Athens destroyed the city and uprooted the entire population (that did not parish in the capture of the city).

leach199@unm.edu Office Hours: M W F 1:00-1:50

Room:  347A

Mary Mata Molly Mata
Molly Mata received a B.B.A. in Business Management from Angelo State University in 2009, and returned to academia at the University of Texas at San Antonio to complete a B.A. in Classical Studies and Humanities in 2014. Molly teaches introductory Latin, and is interested primarily in language pedagogy and Greek tragedy, particularly how the genre engaged with and interpreted the political context of Athens.   
mollymata@unm.edu Office Hours: M 12:00-1:00, Th 3:30-4:30 or by appointment
Room:  315A


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Princely Azeteh

Princely Azeteh received a BA in Bilingual Studies ( French and English) from the University of Yaounde 1  and a DIPES 1 in  teaching French and English as second languages from the Higher Training Teacher's College of the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon in 2013. He then worked for the Government of Cameroon  for 3 years during which he thought French, English, and Literature in English in Government Secondary and High Schools. He got a Master 1 Degree African Literature and Civilizations from the same university in 2015. He is currently a Graduate student in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is a TA in French and is interested in Post colonial Studies.

aprincely@unm.edu  Office Hours: M 9:00-10:30 Room:  323A
Teresa Caprioglio

Teresa Caprioglio

Theresa graduated with a B.A. in English with minors in Modern Languages (French and Italian) and Math from Stanford University in 2014, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Comparative Literature and Culture Studies.  She teaches introductory-level French, and is currently interested in the project of reading contemporary American television series as cultural and literary artifact, particularly concerning the representation of diverse characters and their stories.


tmcaprioglio@unm.edu Office Hours: T W Th 11:00-12:00 or by appointment
Room: 319D
Francois Mathias Chopineaux Francois Chopineaux
I am a native French speaker. I earned a B.A. in English Culture and Literature at the Université de Savoie in 2014. I had previously studied for two years at Lycée Champollion in Grenoble, completing the Hypokhâgne/ Khâgne training of Classes Préparatoires with a specialization in English for the second year. After completing my first year of Master's degree in France, I have entered UNM as an M.A. candidate and a T.A. in the French department. I have a wide range of academic interests, but I’m currently focusing on the evolution of British pop icons from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.
chopinef@unm.edu Office Hours: M 9:00-11:00, W 12:00-1:00 Room: 347D
Ryan Gomez Ryan Gomez

Ryan graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics and French with a minor in Japanese from the University of New Mexico in December 2015. Ryan returned to UNM in August 2016 to begin work on an M.A. in French. Ryan currently teaches introductory-level French and his primary research interests include identities of gender and sexuality in contemporary French and Francophone literature and cinema, as well as translation theory and second -language acquisition.

rgomez11@unm.edu  Office Hours: M W 12:00-1:00, T 11:00-12:00
Room:  319A
Rosie Hutchinson Rosalind Hutchinson

Rosie Hutchinson completed an M.A. in French Literature at the University of New Mexico in 2012 and is now in the Ph.D. program. During this time, she had the opportunity to live in Chambéry, France for two years as an instructor of English. As a French T.A. at UNM, she always strives to bring a variety of films, music, and comic books into the classroom to discuss with students. She is currently interested in how the lyrics of French Rap artists can be read as literary works, and how they can provide new viewpoints on contemporary youth culture in Francophone societies.

rosehut@gmail.com Office Hours: T 3:00-4:00, F 10:00-12:00
Room:  323A
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Anne-Sabine Nicolas

Anne-Sabine Nicolas holds a Ph.D. in French Studies from the University of New Mexico.  Her recent teaching duties include French Pronunciation 305 and French Creativity 315. She currently teaches French 302 (Advanced Essay & Exploration) and a Beginning French 101 class. She has also taught a variety of courses at Bowling Green State University, as well as a seminar on Francophone theater.  Her dissertation “La danse du Tutuguri ou le rite du soleil noir” combines Performance Studies, Indigenous rituals, and Theater aiming to explore the poetry of surrealist Antonin Artaud. Her research and teaching interests include both 18th Century abolitionist authors, and 20th Century Post-Colonial writers and filmmakers of the French-Speaking world.  

anssa@unm.edu  Office Hours: T 2:00-3:00, Th 11:00-12:00 or by appointment

Room:  353A

Stephanie Mazan Stephanie Tsakeu Mazan
Stephanie Diane Tsakeu Mazan was born in Yaoundé (Cameroon).  She received her Bachelor (2006) and Master's degree (2010), both in African Literature from the University of Yaoundé. She has taught French at the high school level in Yaoundé for more than 6 years.  She is currently pursuing a Master degree in French and Francophone studies at UNM. She is interested in African Cultural Studies, particularly Literature and Cinema. She is passionate about the linkage between artistic creation and politics. Fall 2015 marks her first foray into teaching Elementary French classes.
sdianetsakeumazan@unm.edu Office Hours: M W F 9:00-9:45 or by appointment Room: 353A
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Maurice Tetne

I am a native French speaker. I got my Bachelor's in African Literature and Civilization at the University of Douala (Cameroon) in 2012, and pursued a Master's at the University of Yaoundé 1 (Cameroon) in the same subject. For two years I was a tutor at the University of Yaoundé 1, where I taught ''African literature of the colonial period''  and ''African literature of post-colonial period''  to  undergraduates. I am the author of an upcoming novel titled ''Autopsie d'une république'' which is a summary of the social and political atmosphere of my country more than 50 years after independence. I am passionate about literature, and focus my investigations on the intertextuality and the evolution of French language through the centuries. It's amazing to see how French has been influenced by the different societies where it was spoken, so that we don't only have today ''une langue française'' , but ''Des langues françaises." Beyond our differences we are all human beings and it's enough to give respect and honor to everyone.

mtetne@unm.edu  Office Hours: M W 2:00-3:30 Room: 351A
Jesmine Singh Jesmine Singh

Jesmine received her M.A. and an M.Phil. in French Studies from Delhi University in India, where she has also spent last few years teaching French. She has also worked as an English Language Assistant in France during the academic year of 2010-2011. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in French Studies at the UNM, she is passionate about studying contemporary women literature, gender studies and the role of women writers in "visible" media constructing or deconstructing women's identities.  

jsingh21@unm.edu Office Hours: T 2:15-3:45 PM and F 4:00-5:30 PM Room: 327A
S Udayan Susmitha Udayan- Research Assistant

I am a PhD student in French studies at UNM FLL. I received my M.Phil and M.A. in French Literature from Pondicherry University. I spent the last few years teaching French in India and in Qatar. My research interests include 20th and 21st century Francophone literature, gender studies and post-colonial studies.

sudayan@unm.edu   Room: 319A


Anna Adams

Anna Adams

Anna Adams completed her undergraduate studies at UNM in December 2014, double majoring in Professional Writing and German in addition to receiving the Honors College minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. Anna started the German M.A. Program in the spring of 2015, then she taught English as a teaching assistant in Hamburg for the 2015-16 school year after being awarded a Fulbright sholarship. Her interests include Shakespeare's influence in Germany, intertextuality and social criticism in 20th century exile, and East German literature. 

aadams03@unm.edu  Office Hours: M 3:00-4:00, T 2:00-4:00 Room: 319D
Erin Barber

Erin Barber
Erin Barber received her B.A. in German Studies and Arts and Ideas from the University of Michigan in 2014, and is now pursuing a German M.A. as a teaching assistant in the German Studies program at the University of New Mexico. 

esbarber@unm.edu Office Hours: T 10:15-12:15, Th 3:30-4:30 Room: 347D

Hannah Garver

Hannah Garver earned her B.A. in English Studies, German, and a designation from the Honors College at UNM in May 2016. After attending the German Summer School of New Mexico, she decided to pursue an M.A. in German Studies at UNM and teaches introductory level German. Her areas of interest include the former East Germany and the concepts of Ostalgie and verlorene Heimat.

hlgarver@unm.edu  Office Hours: Th 11:00-1:00, F 2:00-3:00 Room: 347D
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mkieltyk@unm.edu  Office Hours:M 1:00-2:00, T 3:00-4:00, Th 7:30-8:30 Room: 319A
John Reinert

John Reinert
After serving in the United States Coast Guard, I began taking classes at Portland Community College. I was the German club president and membership director for Phi Theta Kappa. I received a scholarship to Pacific University, a private university in Forest Grove, Oregon. It was there that I majored in German studies. I was treasurer then, president of German club and spent one year doing study abroad in Heidelberg. My interests are studying underrepresented groups such as Roma and Sinti and citizens of Berlin's Marzahn district as well as 1970's left-wing radicals.


Office Hours: M W 11:00-12:00, Th 7:30-8:30 @ Sprechtisch

Room: 327A
Till Schultz

Till Schulz

  • Born in Northern Germany in 1984
  • BA and MA  in Music, English and Pedagogy at the University of Flensburg (graduated in 2014)
  • Passionate musician in different genres Jazz/Rock/Pop and Singer-Songwriter
  • TA-ship at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois after the MA

Office Hours: M F 10:00-11:00, W 12:00-1:00

Room: 327A


Mami McCraw Mami McCraw - Part Time Instructor 

Mami received her PhD. in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico in 2010. Her research interests include pragmatics and conversation analysis in Japanese linguistics, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. She currently teaches 100- and 200- level Japanese courses.

mamimc@unm.edu Office Hours: M W 12:00-1:00, T 12:30-1:30 or by appointment Room: 319A


Anna Shkireva Anna Shkireva  

Anna is from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. She got her MA degree in International Relations at the State University of Nizhny Novgorod where she defended her thesis with honors on the Informational War between US and Russia.

In 2010, Anna came to the US to study foreign languages at the University of New Mexico. During her studies at UNM, she has been awarded several scholarships to study Spanish in Ecuador and Mandarin Chinese in China. Now, Anna is pursuing a PhD degree at the College of Education and is enrolled in the  program of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies.

Her main interests are second language acquisition in foreign language classrooms and second culture acquisition through teachers' identities. She is passionate about teaching her native language and sharing Russian culture with students. At UNM Anna teaches Introductory Russian RUSS 101 and RUSS 102. She is also leading the UNM Russian club, Kamchatka, which gathers students who are interested in Russian culture and language.

shkireva@unm.edu Office Hours: M F 12:00-1:30 Room: 319A