Current Administrative Staff
Christina Indovina, IELP Program Director, received her B.A. in Hispanic Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.A. in TESOL/Applied Linguistics from University of Illinois-Chicago. As an undergraduate , she studied abroad in Mexico and performed research in Chile. She has worked in a variety of ESL programs, including adult education ESL programs, the Loyola Intensive English Program in New Orleans, Truman Community College in Chicago, and the United Neighborhood Organization in Chicago. She loves working at the IELP because she gets to meet so many motivated and exciting students from around the world.
LaTesha Gonzales is the Academic Coordinator as well as an Instructor with the IELP. She earned her B.A. in Spanish from Southeastern Louisiana University, and M.A. in TESOL from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA, in 2008. She is an active member of EnglishUSA, NAFSA, TESOL, and LaTESOL. Her interests include curriculum development and teacher training. LaTesha resides in New Orleans with her husband and two-year old son, Gabriel. She is a classically trained ballerina and enjoys learning about other cultures and their ways of life.
Jamie Amos Larson is the Program Coordinator for the IELP. She received her B.A. from Southern Illinois University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. She has taught English Composition and ESL since 2007. She's edited Bayou Magazine and The New Orleans Review, and in her spare time she writes fiction. Her work has appeared in The Greensoboro Review, The Florida Review, storySouth, Cold Mountain Review, and others.
Coleen Maidlow is a Canadian transplant who moved to Louisiana as an F-1 student. In Ruston, she received a B.A. in English and Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. In 2010, she moved to New Orleans to pursue her M.A. in English from the University of New Orleans. Along the way, she assisted in research on lie detection, tutored students in writing centers, and taught freshman composition. She started at IELP in 2013 as a teacher, but now works in the office as the Immigration Coordinator. Outside of work Coleen teaches and studies yoga and enjoys teaching her cats tricks.
Born and raised in Moldova, Nina Balan moved to Italy in 2008 to pursue her B.A. in Languages and Literature at University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Her exploring spirit and love for different cultures brought her to New Orleans in May 2013, where she attended Level 6 of the IELP. Loving the city and cultural diversity of New Orleans, Nina decided to follow her dream and complete a M.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration at UNO. She is currently the Professional Assistant for IELP. Her biggest hobby is fitness and anything related to sports and outside activities.
Amelia Madueno is IELP's Student Worker. She is originally from Venezuela and came to the U.S to chase her dream of studying in a foreign country. She is an IELP graduate and current UNO student pursuing a B.A in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Asian Studies. While living in Venezuela, she spent several years learning English, French, and Japanese. In her spare time she loves dancing, reading, and practicing her Japanese skills. In the future, she would like to be a university professor and teach cultural anthropology.
Kayla Andrews received a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.A. in Latin American Studies, with a concentration on languages and literature, from Tulane University. She has taught ESL to adult immigrants in Massachusetts, tutored French university students in Paris, and taught English at a middle school in rural France. She likes biking, cooking, reading fiction, traveling, and learning about the world.
Jessica Bordelon spends most of her time as a teacher, playwright, mother, poet and graduate student. Currently studying for a M.A. in International Studies, she brings creativity and energy to her lessons. She loves working at IELP because it is a student-focused program in which every teacher and staff member's goal is to give the students all they need to succeed.
Jarrod Borne was born and raised in Southern Louisiana. He began his ESL career in 2008 as a volunteer teacher in a Costa Rican elementary school. While a student at UNO, Jarrod tutored IELP students. After he graduated, he continued to work as a volunteer, teaching Hispanic immigrants who resided in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area. In 2013, he joined IELP as a full-time teacher, and he hopes to travel around the world teaching ESL.
Jessica Ferlic graduated from Loyola University with a degree in English Writing. In 2008, she moved to Spain to teach ESL and stayed for five years, teaching English in various settings to all age groups. Now that she is back in New Orleans, she is thrilled to work with an international community and to teach English at UNO.
Antonio Garza studied Literature and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. In his spare time, he writes and performs. He loves long walks and bike rides through his adopted city.
Originally from Chicago, Laura Hawbaker comes to IELP from the Big Island of Hawaii. She loves to travel and learn about different cultures; she taught English overseas in Prague, Czech Republic and Bangkok, Thailand, and she completed a Fulbright Teaching Grant at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Laura earned her M.A. in Linguistics / TESOL from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her B.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago.
Mark Petersen began teaching English in 1989 at Southern Illinois University. From 1993 until 1995, Mark lived in the Czech Republic, teaching English and pursuing his studies of German and Czech. In 1996, Mark taught English in Aix-en-Provence, France. It was great for him to revive his high school French. Back in New Orleans, Mark taught at Tulane University's English As A Second Language Institute for seven years, but he is now happy to call UNO home at the IELP.
Originally from Croatia, Ann Kos Edwards attended the University of Zagreb and University of Belgrade. She received her Master's degree in Anthropology from City University of New York. Since 1981, she has taught Anthropology at UNO, Loyola University, Holy Cross College, and Delgado Community College. She currently teaches the course America as a Foreign Culture in the IELP.