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Meet Our Staff
At CIEE, we have an experienced and dedicated team, committed to ensuring your success in our programs through a consultative approach.
TEFL Academic Coordinator
Belén was born in Melilla, a small Spanish city in the North of Africa, but has lived in Madrid, Spain since 2009, when she started to work at the Educational Technologies and Teacher Training Institute (Spanish Ministry of Education). In February 2014, she started in her current position on the rewarding and motivating TEFL adventure. She’s completely convinced of the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in all fields of education, which is why Belén is passionate about eLearning and the platforms which make the development of online education possible and permit its increasing reach. She enjoys designing, testing, experiencing and making the most of these Learning Management Systems (LMS) - and Canvas is one of her favorites.
Samantha is a Minnesota native where she majored in Spanish and global studies at Winona State University. Her first experience abroad was when she spent an academic year studying in Granada, Spain in college. That experience opened a small window into the people and cultures of the world. From then on, she knew she needed to keep exploring. After graduation, she went to South America to travel and while in Peru, earned her TEFL certification. Shortly after, she moved to South Korea with her husband to teach English at a public elementary school and stayed for two years. These experiences have led her to CIEE where she’s proud to help others create a more globally diverse world through international education.
Samantha is currently out of the office on family leave. For TEFL inquiries, please contact Belén Rojas.
Director, Teach Abroad and TEFL programs
Stephen developed a passion for Arabic and the Middle East during high school and while studying abroad in Egypt. After college he returned to Cairo where he taught social studies at an international school. These experiences studying and teaching abroad profoundly shaped his understanding of the world and he is proud to help facilitate similarly life-changing experiences for others.
Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: Thailand
Operations Manager, Teach Abroad programs
Luke grew up amid the woods and lakes of Maine, and expanded his horizons by studying Arabic at university and teaching English in Jordan for two years. His favorite travel memories are riding bullet trains through western China, backpacking along the southern coast of Turkey, driving under the stars through the mountains of Morocco, and enjoying tea, falafel, and mezze with friends in Israel and Palestine.
Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: South Korea, Chile
Matt’s passion to bridge global cultures began with a trip to China just after high school on a trip led by one of his teachers. The trip provided lifelong friendships with both fellow students and Chinese cultural partners.
Since that experience, Matt has lived, studied, and worked in Spain, Chile, France, and the United States of America. Matt’s three host family experiences and numerous global friendships are an irreplaceable part of his life. Matt is excited to provide experiences that expand students’ horizons and open their minds to new possibilities. Matt dreams about helping future students overcome cultural barriers to create a more understanding, friendly, peaceful, and productive world.
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