Center Staff Members

Janna R. White, Director

B.A. Smith College, M.P.A. candidate, Syracuse University. Janna directs and manages the FCCWL's language programs and curricular develpoment projects and administers the Center's initiatives. She is a graduate student in the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Karla Carruth, Teaching Assistant for Hindi

B.A. University of Texas at Austin. Karla conducts individual tutorials and conversation sessions with students studying Hindi on all five campuses.

Hayley Culver, Curriculum and Outreach Assistant

B.A. Mount Holyoke College, M.A. candidate, School for International Training. Hayley works as a course organizer for the Supervised Independent Language Program. Hayley also coordinates outreach activities and curriculum development projects for the Center. She is a graduate student in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute.

Anca Luca Holden, Language Pedagogy Specialist

Ph.D. University of Georgia. Anca trains the Center’s foreign language teaching assistants and conversation partners. She also assists with conversation partner recruiting and interviewing and with some student interviewing and advising. She has taught German at Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Dana Hoover, American Sign Language Mentor-Teacher

M.Ed. Boston University. Dana serves as the Mentor-Teacher for upper-level courses in American Sign Language offered through FCCWL. She also teaches beginning-level courses in American Sign Language through the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Theo Hull, Program Assistant

B.A. Smith College. Theo works as a course organizer for Mentored, ASL and Arabic dialect courses. Theo also attends to the many administrative, record-keeping and logistical needs of the Center. 

Betül Iscan, 2020-21 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for Turkish

M.A. Yildiz Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey). Betül conducts tutorials and conversation sessions for students in the Five College Turkish program.

Mohsen Jalali, Teaching Assistant for Persian

Ph.D. candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mohsen conducts individual tutorials and leads conversation sessions for students in the Five College Persian program.

Agnes Kimokoti, Five College Swahili Mentor-Teacher

Ph.D. Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya). Agnes works with students studying Swahili through the Five College Mentored Swahili program. She conducts individual tutorials with students on all five campuses each week. She also leads some conversation sessions, courses in Advanced Swahili for Health Policy Studies and Advanced Swahili for Development Policy Studies, and special independent study courses for students using Swahili primary sources in senior theses and projects.

Veronica Ngaiza, 2020-21 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for Swahili

M.A. University of Dar es Salaam. Veronica conducts conversation sessions for students in the Five College Swahili program.

Conversation Partners and Peer-Tutors

In addition to mentor-teachers and teaching assistants, the Center hires 50-60 native speaking conversation partners and peer-tutors each semester. Most of the conversation partners and tutors are enrolled as students at one of the five campuses of the consortium. Some are non-student members of our community.

IN MEMORIAM

Amy Wordelman, Five College Center for World Languages, 1997-2018

Elizabeth H.D. Mazzocco, Five College Center for World Languages, 1990-2014