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Mr. Nicholas Cates Photo Mr. 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
Luke Michels Photo Mr. Luke Michels is a Michigan native who has been living and teaching abroad for the past 10 years. He earned his B.A. from Michigan State University and his M.S. Ed from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Michels’ career has led him to various international universities and governmental programs as an English & Linguistics professor. His love for travel and education has inspired his desire to help international students improve their English and communicative abilities. Mr. Michels continuously strives to create an engaging and social environment where true learning happens.
Madeline Goggans Photo Ms. 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 Wilson Ms. 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 Photo Ms. 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 Photo Ms. 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 Photo Mr. 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 Photo Ms. 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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