After earning her bachelor's in English Literature at UCF, Claudia Aron moved back to Germany with her husband and had the opportunity to work at the Franconian International School. Aron, who is fluent in German, Romanian, and English, was surrounded with children from all around the world. They inspired her to continue her education in order to further serve those who want to learn English. Accepted into the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) master's program at UCF, Aron and her husband moved back to Orlando, where she began taking classes.
She commends the competence, professionalism, flexibility, and friendliness of the TESOL staff. “There was a lot of individual attention given to students. Kerry Purmensky, PhD, and Florin Mihai, PhD, fostered a passion for learning that really inspired me,” says Aron, who graduated from the program in summer 2008. “They were wonderful mentors who had a significant impact on my personal and professional development.” Claudia is currently working in our local public school system.
Chrissy Della Corte
Chrissy Della Corte spent four years teaching English as Foreign Language (EFL) in Seoul, Korea after she received her bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the University of Florida. She wanted to grow professionally and decided to pursue her master’s degree in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) master's program at UCF. Della Corte is very grateful for the faculty in the TESOL program. “My professors are well-rounded and diverse in their research areas. They have greatly contributed to my success in this program,” she shares. “Kerry Purmensky, PhD, an associate professor in the Modern Languages and Literatures department, has been my mentor. Dr. Purmensky helped motivate me to do service-learning research, present at a TESOL mini-conference, and create my own webpage. She also recommended me for various job opportunities and advised me in other TESOL related areas.” Chrissy is currently working on her PhD.