Current Teachers

    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.

Kayla Andrews 2015

Jessica Bordelon

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.

Jarrod Borne 2015

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.

Jessica Ferlic 2015

Antonio Garza 2015


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.

Laura Hawbaker 2015

Mark Peterson 2015

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.