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Mr. Nicholas Cates PhotoMr. Nicholas Cates has been teaching English as a Second Language since 1989 and directing language programs since 2001.  He has an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and has worked in Thailand, Japan, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.  As Director of the English Language Institute, he works to ensure that its students receive world-class preparation for study at the University.

ELI Staff
Dr. Linda Yost PhotoDr. Linda Yost received her B.A. in technical writing from Alderson-Broaddus College, her M.A. in literature from West Virginia University, and her Ph.D. from Purdue University where she studied TESOL. A native of West Virginia, Dr. Yost has lived in Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Cairo, Egypt. She has taught English to ESL students at Purdue University, Southwest Missouri State University, and the American University in Cairo. While working at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County, she coordinated a writing center and trained literacy tutors. Her presentations cover topics such as teaching business writing to ESL students, interactions between American and ESL students in mainstream writing classes, and the effects of low literacy levels in central Wisconsin. She is interested in cross-cultural communication and classroom interactions among culturally-diverse students.
Madeline Goggans PhotoMs. Madeline Goggans has been teaching English since 1990 and has been at the Jacksonville State University English Language Institute since June 2007. She received an M.S. in Education with a Language Arts emphasis, and a B.S. in Education from Jacksonville State University. She has been a coordinator for student educational tours and visited countries in Europe and the Middle East.

A native Alabamian, Ms. Goggans enjoys sharing the diversity of Alabama with her students.

Carol WilsonMs. Carol Wilson obtained a B.S. in English from JSU, and a Master's in Education from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Additional studies have been at several universities within the United States and Oxford University in England. Her teaching career, which spans more than 30 years, has been in public schools, community colleges, and other universities.

Ms. Wilson has traveled extensively in the United States and overseas to England, Scotland, Israel, and Greece. She enjoys being a part of the ELI at JSU and is delighted to be working with international students.

Suzanne Hobbs PhotoMs. Suzanne Cunningham was born in Pennsylvania and traveled widely in the U.S. and abroad with her family since her father was in the military. She has lived in Japan, Italy, and attended college for a year in Munich, Germany. This background enhanced her interest in diverse cultures and languages.

Ms. Cunningham holds a B.A. in English and German from JSU.  She also earned a B.S., an M.S. Ed., and an Ed.S. at JSU. She has had over 30 years of classroom experience at the high school and college levels and currently serves as first vice-president of Sigma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society for women educators. She is delighted to help international students become more proficient and successful in using the English language.

Cindy Jeffers PhotoMs. Cindy Jeffers is a native of Dekalb County, Alabama. Cindy came to Jacksonville State University in September 2003 and joined the English Language Institute staff in April 2005. As the Program Coordinator, Ms. Jeffers is also a Designated School Official, preparing I-20s for prospective ELI students. Cindy finds working with international students especially rewarding.
Sean Williamon PhotoMr. Sean Williamon is a Calhoun County native who received his Art from JSU in 2003.  Sean has been a JSU staff member since 2004 and is a recent addition to the English Language Institute.  At the ELI, Sean holds the position of ESL Specialist I and finds his duties both rewarding and satisfying.  He is very happy to be with the ELI and can think of nowhere else he would rather be.
Tiffany Sallee PhotoMs. Tiffany Sallee is the secretary for the English Language Institute (ELI). She finds working with international students both rewarding and interesting. Please contact Ms. Sallee if you have general questions about the ELI program.
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