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
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.
My name is Kace Crawford. I am 19 years old and from Chickamauga, Georgia. I’m a Social Work major at the University of Georgia. I plan on becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and supporting people in improving their mental health. My hobbies include playing guitar, Frisbee, video games, and basketball. I am teaching my first guitar class at Casa de Amistad. I plan on having a flexible and low stress class so we can learn as much about guitar as we can, while having as much fun as we can. Any age and ability levels are welcome. I look forward to meeting and playing music with you.
Afterschool Program Coordinator
My name is Claudia Perez and I am a senior Psychology and Sociology student at UGA. I am a Site Leader for UGA’s IMPACT Alternative Spring Break Program focusing on Education Inequality. Fighting for equal access to quality education is extremely important to me so I also volunteer with the Undocumented Student Alliance at UGA and Freedom University. I have several siblings and years of wonderful experiences
Anna Marie Smith
Social Work Intern
Hi my name is Anna Marie Smith and I will be serving as a master’s of social work intern for the 2014- 2015 year at Casa de Amistad. I am really looking forward to this year and working with all aspects of the organization. I am originally from Tuscaloosa, Al and attended Presbyterian College where I studied Spanish and Christian Education. When I moved to Athens last year I began working with Casa de Amistad through a school project, then began to volunteer, and now I am excited for my new role as an intern. I began learning Spanish in elementary school and ever since this I have been interested in the Hispanic community and culture. I have continued to study Spanish, travel to Latin America, assisted with ESOL classes, and assisted with Spanish classes. I am looking forward to this year of learning and serving in the Athens community.