Kristen Shrewsbury serves as the Coordinator. Kristen provides English language support for faculty, staff, and students in consultations and through group programs. She loves languages and enjoys working with learners of all proficiency levels. Kristen has been privileged to travel extensively in the world, to which she attributes her love for experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. Kristen holds a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Delaware and is currently working on her doctorate at the California Institute of Integral Studies. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Lani Furbank, class of December 2013, serves as the Peer Educator ESL Tutor. A Communication Center tutor since fall 2011, Lani’s interest in working with English language learners encouraged her to participate in an ESL tutoring seminar in fall 2012 and to take the Tutoring English as an Other Language course in spring 2013. Her successful completion of the training coupled with her great enthusiasm and professionalism have secured her the position as the first peer educator to work as an ESL tutor at JMU.
Lani is majoring in the School of Media Arts and Design with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism, and carrying a minor in Environmental Studies. Lani is involved around campus in the Society of Professional Journalists, JMU Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the JMU Honors Program. Make an appointment for a consultation with Lani this fall!
Yang Xue, also known in the US as Shirley, serves as the International Student Liaison. From Shanxi province in China, Shirley has been an active member of the JMU community since spring 2012. Her interest in encouraging other students to benefit from using JMU’s academic support services has shown up in her writing for classes and the Multilingual Writers’ Community (MWC). She presented at the Virginia Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Southwest Regional Conference in April 2013 on the topic of recruiting English language learners to write with the MWC. Shirley’s dedication to academic success and increasing language proficiency makes her a perfect fit at ELLS.
Shirley’s major is International Business. She is the Officer of Student Affairs and Academics for the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Look for Shirley around the College of Business, where she will be working to support your success!
ELLS Student Employees Emeritus
Jose Morales served as the Bilingual Student Liaison from Spring Semester 2011 until he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in May 2013. Jose majored in Converged Media in the School of Media Arts and Design, with a minor in music and creative writing. Jose worked on both print and digital marketing materials for ELLS, as well as maintained the website. Inspired by a spring break visit to English support services at George Mason University, Jose founded an English Conversation Club (ECC) that met weekly throughout the academic year. He presented a poster about the ECC at the Colonial Academic Alliance Global Education Conference at Towson University in June 2012.
Weiwei Xu, class of 2014, served as International Student Liaison in Spring Semester 2011. Born in Chongqing, China, Weiwei is an international student at JMU. She began at JMU through Study Group, an intensive English program, and is majoring in Studio Art.
Andrea “Dre” Secrist served as ELLS Assistant from fall semester 2009 to through fall semester 2010. Dre earned a bachelor’s degree (2008) and a master’s degree (2011) at JMU with the goal of being a Spanish and ESL teacher. Dre’s efforts with ELLS shaped the direction of the area and her invaluable contributions paved the way for programs and student employees in ELLS. Dre founded a Grammar Hour program that met twice a week for the three semesters she worked at ELLS.
Dre spent her first professional year after graduate school teaching English in Madrid, Spain, for the Ministry of Culture and Education. Since fall 2012 she has taught high school ESL in Manassas Park, Virginia. When not traveling during the summer, she also teaches intensive English for Northern Virginia Community College.