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: W F 12:00-1:00 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: M 9:00-11:00, F 11:00-12:00 Room: 353A



Christine Ellis

Christine earned her B.A. degree in Classics at the University of Arizona. She is interested in the study of Greek monsters and the role they played in actual Greek society, and how the tropes found in Greek novels have carried through romance novels even to this day.


Office Hours: T 9:00-10:00, Th 9:00-10:00 & 3:00-4:00 Room: 315D

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 12:00-1:00, W 10:30-11:30 or by appointment

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 F 1:00-2:00

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: Th 9:00-10:00, F 11:00-12:00
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: M 9:00-10:00, F 12:00-1:00

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: by appointment
Room:  315A

Hannah Mickens

Information forthcoming!


Office Hours: T 9:30-10:30, F 12:00-1:00 Room: 315A

David Peirsol

Information forthcoming!


Office Hours: T 9:00-10:00, F 2:00-3:00

Room: 347A



Jared Bash

Jared earned his B.A. in French and North African Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Now pursuing an M.A. in French at UNM, his interests include francophone literature, digital humanities, and oppression studies. His hobbies outside of academia include photography, video games, and playing ukulele.


Office Hours: M 2:00-3:00, T 9:30-10:30, Th 1:30-2:30



Marie Bellec

I am a native French speaker. I earned my B.A. in French Literature at the University of Rennes in 2015 and completed a M.A. in Comparative Literature in 2017. I spent my first year of graduate school in Oulu, Finland, and participated in research colloquia. I wrote my master’s thesis about literary references in the popular American TV show Lost. I am principally interested in intertextual studies.


Office Hours: M 2:00-3:00, T 9:30-10:30, Th 1:30-2:30


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: M 2:00-3:00, T Th 12:30-1:30 or by appointment
Room: 319D

Ricardo de Souza

Information forthcoming!


Office Hours: M 3:00-4:30 

Room: 353A


Daniel Fierro

Daniel Fierro received a B.A. in French from the University of New Mexico in 2012. He is interested in Surrealism (particularly the works of René Magritte), semiotics, and psychoanalysis.


Office Hours: T 9:00-10:00, W 10:00-11:00

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.


Jordan McConnell

Jordon completed a BA in French Studies as well as a BA in Foreign Languages. He is currently an MA student in French Studies interested in Québécois Civilization, Canadian Studies and Québec Cinema. Jordon also studies Portuguese and Spanish and is interested in Latin America. In addition, he is particularly interested in second-language acquisition and the instruction of language and linguistics.  In his free-time, Jordon likes to swim, cycle, read history novels and play video games.


Office Hours: T 12:30-2:00, W 1:00-2:30 or by appointment

Room: 327A
Rosie Hutchinson Vanessa Nau

Vanessa is French and earned her Masters degree in European and International Studies in 2011.  After spending more than a year in Germany and having worked for the European campus of an American University in France for several years, she now wants to teach what she really likes: Languages and Cultures. That's why she is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in French Studies. 


Office Hours: M 2-3, T 9:30-10:30, W 2:30-3:30
Room 323A

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: T 12:30-2:00, F 11:00-12:30 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: M W F 12:00-1:00 Room: 327A
S Udayan Susmitha Udayan

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  Office Hours: W 3:00-4:30, F 2:00-3:30 or by appointment 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. 


Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00, W 1:00-3:00 Room: 319D

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: M 10:00-11:00, T 1:00-2:00, W 12:00-1:00 Room: 347D

Seth Jones

Information forthcoming!


Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00, T 1:00-2:00, Th 12:30-1:30

Room: 353A
placeholder Matthew Kieltyka

Information forthcoming! 

mkieltyk@unm.edu  Office Hours: M 12:00-1:00, T 1:00-2:00, Th 7:30-8:30pm @ Sprechtisch Room: 319A
John Reinert

John Reinert
After serving in the United States Coast Guard, John began taking classes at Portland Community College. John was the German club president and membership director for Phi Theta Kappa.  He completed a BA in German Studies from Pacific University, a private university in Forest Grove, Oregon, and an MA in German Studies from the University of New Mexico. Currently, he is working toward a doctorate in education and a New Mexico teaching license. 


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

Room: 327A



Nona Carter - Part Time Instructor

Information forthcoming!

cartern@unm.edu Office Hours: T 9:15-11:15 Room: 327B

Motomi Kajitani

I am currently pursuing my PhD in linguistics focusing on the diversity and similarities of pragmatic markers across languages. I am a native of Fukuoka, a prefecture located on Kyushu Island, Japan. In my free time, I love to travel, draw and cook.


Office Hours: W 12:00-2:00 or by appointment

Room: 323A
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 F 12:00-12:45, T 11:30-12:15 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 W 12:30-2:00 Room: 319A