ESL Lead Instructor Level 1
My name is Yami Rodriguez. I am a senior at UGA and my majors are International Affairs and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. One of my passions is serving my Athens community, especially the Latino Community. I volunteer for Freedom University, am the Executive Coordinator for UGA’s IMPACT Alternative Breaks program and am a co-founder of the Undocumented Student Alliance at UGA. Here at Casa de Amistad I am the lead instructor for the Adult ESL beginner course. Casa and the community that it brings together is truly a second home for me here in Athens.
ESL Instructor Level 2
I have lived in Oglethorpe Co. for nearly twenty years, and have worked and studied in Athens most of that time. While working at the Athens Banner-Herald I went back to school and got my BA in History and my MAT in Secondary Social Studies Education, including an endorsement in ESOL. I am currently substitute teaching in Madison Co. and Oglethorpe Co. while I look for a permanent teaching position. I am so happy to be able to use my skills to benefit my community by teaching at Casa de Amistad! When I am not teaching, I have been known to volunteer at Nuci’s Space and have been on the organizing committee of the Athens Human Rights Festival for many years. When not working, I enjoy the local music scene, working in my garden, reading, and the occasional road trip!
ESL Instructor Level 2
Hi! My name is Clarissa Raybon. Currently, I am a senior at the University of Georgia. My majors include English and Theater; and, I also minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I became involved with Casa de Amistad in its Fall/2013 semester. My time there was so wonderful that I wanted to become more involved in the program –thus, my position as the ESL Instructor for Level 2 Spanish-speaking students. I really look forward to all the work that we can accomplish together at Casa de Amistad –of course, while we have a great time!
I am involved in several service organizations at UGA. The three I am most involved with are IMPACT, Shop With a Bulldawg, and Undocumented Students Alliance. With IMPACT, we sent groups of university students all around the country to participate in service projects during school breaks. Shop With a Bulldawg provides the holiday experience to children in Athens. With Undocumented Student Alliance, we fight for equal rights for students in the state of Georgia who are not permitted to attend higher education due to their resident status. I graduated from Woodstock High School in 2010 and I will graduate from the University of Georgia in May 2014 with degrees in International Affairs and Romance Languages. I love to play soccer (futbol) and any other sports, guitar, listen to good music, eat good food, relax with friends, meet people, learn about other cultures, and travel all around the world. I volunteer with the English classes as well as instruct the computer skills class on Thursday night at Casa de Amistad.
Hello, my name is Charles Kevin Velaydez and I am from Barranquilla, Colombia. I love to play the guitar and I like to teach. I am 24 years old and I am a student at the University of Georgia. I would like to be a Spanish teacher in the future and live in Miami. I love helping at Casa de Amistad and would like to continue if God permits.
Hola, mi nombre es Charles Kevin Velaydez y yo soy de Barranquilla, Colombia. A mi me encanta tocar la guitarra y me gusta a enseñarle a la gente. Tengo 24 años y soy un estudiante en la Universidad de Georgia. Me gustaría ser profesor de español en el futuro y vivir en Miami. Me encanta ayudar en Casa de Amistad y me gustaría continuar si Dios lo permite.