Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hello from the AGU2008 Team!

The AGU in America team is complete! We are all looking forward to a fun and educational two weeks in the Washington, D.C. area.

My name is Heather Strube. I have been involved in higher education settings since 1997 and currently work as an Assistant Director of Residential Life at Johns Hopkins University. My degree is in TESOL, and I enjoy seeking out opportunities to use my skills throughout Maryland and abroad during the summers such as being the Coordinator for the AGU in America 2008 program. I love to travel and have backpacked in Italy, taught in Korea, lived in Russia for three summers, worked at an international school in El Salvador, toured Israel, and most recently vacationed in Vancouver, British Columbia. I live in Baltimore, Maryland with my husband Joe and our two children, Hannah and Isaac.

Hello! My name is Nina Liakos, and I will be your reading/writing instructor in this year's program. I will show you how to create a weblog that your family and friends can follow while you are in the United States, and that you can return to to remember the fun times you are going to have here. I have been teaching English as a Second Language at the Maryland English Institute, University of Maryland, for 27 years. I am married to Christoforos and we have a daughter, Vicki, who will be 16 on August 13! I have had the pleasure of working with the AGU in America program since 2006, and I am looking forward to meeting all of you on August 1.

Hi, my name is Michael Dougherty, and I'm a Japanese-Linguistics major at College Park. I like playing tennis and soccer. I also like experimenting with music production software and synthesizers as well as doing some amateur deejaying in my spare time. I'm interested in Eastern languages like Japanese, Korean, and Arabic and would like to be able to speak all three someday. I will be one of the mentors for the AGU2008 program.

Hi everyone! My name is Joe Paulson, and I am a math major at the University of Maryland. I am honored and excited to be one of your student mentors during the AGU summer program of 2008! I look forward to meeting all of you!

I am Nikki Slatkin, and I am a senior at the University of Maryland. I look forward to being a mentor for AGU in America 2008. I have just done a coast to coast to coast USA road trip with a friend. We started in Maryland, drove to California, and ended up in North Carolina. I love to travel and meet new people, I'm always ready to watch or participate in some sport or another (even the ones I'm not good at, which is a majority of them), I think that people are fantastic, and I wish I was a better writer. I am looking forward to hanging out with you and exploring the Maryland and D.C area together. I'm also looking forward to teaching you a little about the American way of life, and I'm really excited to learn what everyone else has to teach me. It's going to be a great August!

1 comment:

Michael said...

This comment is for one of the mentors, Nikki. I read through her profile, and I am very impressed by the person she seems to be; fun, likable, and full of life. I can tell she is going to be a great attribute to the team. I hope everyone has a great time.