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Student Bios


Jihan Al-Naabi

Jihan Al-Naabi ('19)

Jihan earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching from Rustaq College of Education in Oman.  After teaching English in her country for eight years, she had the opportunity to come to Utah, where she enrolled in the MSLT program. Jihan is eager to develop her teaching skills and become a more qualified and effective teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, playing with their son, and cooking for family and friends.


Rachel Singer

Rachel Singer ('18)

Rachel graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in Middle East Studies/Arabic. After she began working with English Language Learners at a high school, Rachel decided to pursue language teaching and applied to the MSLT program. Upon completing her Master's degree, Rachel plans to work as a high school ESL teacher.


Wen-Yu Chang

Wen-Yu Chang ('18)

Wen-Yu graduated from Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan, where she majored in International Trade. After realizing that her passion was teaching languages, she changed her career and taught English in Taiwan for three years. Her desire to become a better language teacher led her to enroll in the MSLT program. Now she enjoys teaching Chinese at USU. When she is not teaching or studying, you might find her doing zumba, yoga, cycling, or lifting weights at the gym. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling with her husband, hanging out with friends,cooking, and relaxing at home.


Coral Ventura

Coral Ventura ('18)

Coral graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Italian Studies from the State University of New York at Farmingdale. It was her love of languages that spurred her on to pursue a Master of Second Language Teaching degree at Utah State University.  Before starting her bachelor degree program in Farmingdale, NY, Coral had spent a summer on the USU campus in an English immersion program, so she knew she really liked Logan. Being from the Dominican Republic, Coral plans to return to her country to teach English as a Foreign Language after she earns the MSLT degree.


Diannylin Nunez

Diannylin Nuñez (’18)

Diannylin is a foreign language teacher from the Dominican Republic who earned her bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from Northeastern Catholic University in the DR. After having taught at a public school for two years, she entered the MSLT program. Upon completing the master’s degree, she plans to return to her country and teach English and French at the university level. Diannylin enjoys traveling and sharing with people from different countries. 


Emily Mower

Emily Mower (’18)

Emily grew up in Portland, Oregon. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education from Brigham Young University - Idaho, she taught Spanish for three years in public schools in Nevada and North Carolina. Emily loves connecting with students by sharing stories from her experiences living in Chile and Honduras. Her passions include writing music, reading classic literature, hiking in the Great Northwest, eating dessert, and video chatting with family.


Farlin Paulino

Farlin Paulino (’18)

Farlin earned a Bachelor's degree in English and French from Northeastern Catholic University in the Dominican Republic, where he taught English as a foreign language for three years. After graduating from USU's  Master of Second Language Teaching program, he hopes to pursue a PhD in Instructional Technology and Learning Science. He enjoys traveling, reading, and sharing with people from all over the world.


Hyrum Hansen

Hyrum Hansen (’18)

Hyrum grew up in a home where it was mandatory to learn French as a second language.  Traveling to France and other parts of Europe several times, Hyrum developed a fondness for language learning and cultural exchange. After graduating from BYU-Idaho with a major in International Studies, he taught English as a second language at an elementary school in China for a year. He discovered how much he enjoyed teaching languages and, having been inspired by his sister who previously earned the MSLT degree at Utah State, Hyrum decided to enroll. He is a big tennis nerd and loves to travel and learn languages.


Kinberly Fallis

Kimberly Fallis (’18)

Kimberly graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing.  Prior to beginning the MSLT program, Kimberly taught English as a Foreign Language in Thailand for one year.  She has also studied in France as a Rotary International exchange student, which helped her advance in the French language.  In addition to traveling, Kimberly also enjoys writing short stories, watching movies, and playing the piano in her free time. 


Hyrum Checketts

Hyrum Checketts (‘18)

While studying history and secondary education at Northwest College in Wyoming, Hyrum got a job peer tutoring and found the experience of working with college students very rewarding. He quickly shifted his sights from teaching at the secondary to the tertiary level. He transferred to Utah State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish. His fascination with languages and language teaching led him to enroll in the MSLT program. Hyrum plans to teach Spanish at the college level and potentially ESL in some type of community language program. He loves spending time with his wife and son, cooking, and playing basketball.  


Juanita Andrade

Juanita Andrade Batalla (’18)

Juanita is from México and earned her bachelor’s degree in Math Education and TESOL from Brigham Young University-Idaho. After a year of teaching high school mathematics, Juanita entered the MSLT program. She plans to use her master’s degree to help students for whom English is their second language, or to teach Spanish at the university level, or perhaps to teach math in a dual-language immersion program.


Lora Stead

Lora Stead ('18)

Lora is from Draper, Utah and received her bachelor’s degree from BYU in Humanities and Italian. After working as a public safety educator for UDOT, she became certified to teach elementary school. Lora enjoyed several years teaching fifth grade before choosing to stay home with her adorable baby. Now she loves teaching EFL online to Chinese children and completing the MSLT program part-time. After graduating, she hopes to teach ESL students of all ages. When she’s not changing diapers or studying, Lora can be found practicing yoga, writing, or playing strategy games with her tall, dark, and handsome husband.



Tairon Kimura

Tairon Kimura '17

Tairon was no stranger to Logan when he began the MSLT program.Having earned his undergraduate degree from USU in Philosophy and Political Science some years prior, he decided it was time to return for a Master's degree. With roots in Hokkaido (Japan) and Hong Kong, Tairon acquired proficiency in three languages growing up.  His love for languages now motivates him to become a foreign language teacher who can help others develop proficiency in their target language.