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Monica Mingucci

Monica Mingucci, Ph.D.

Program Director
Phone: 816-235-5399
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Originally from Brazil, Dr. Mingucci has been working with language teaching and acquisition for more than 30 years. Dr. Mingucci oversees all administrative and academic functions of the ALI.

Adam Shoemaker

Adam Shoemaker

Associate Director / Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5436
E-mail

As a student, Adam studied language and culture in Brazil, Chile and Germany, receiving his BA in Spanish and a minor in German from Rockhurst University in 1997. Adam received his MA-TESOL from UMKC and has been working and teaching at the ALI at UMKC since 1998. Adam has been a guest professor/teacher-trainer at Harbin Medical University in China, Universidade de Caxias do Sul in Brazil, and Taegu Catholic University in South Korea.

Elisa Day

Elisa Day

Business Support Specialist II
Phone: 816-235-5435
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Elisa has lived and worked throughout the US and in Brussels, Belgium. She has a master’s in Higher Education Administration and in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s in Slavic Language and Literatures (Russian) from the University of Kansas. Elisa handles ALI’s scholarships and is the person to contact for questions about tuition and fees and other money matters.

Fran Golden

Fran Golden

ESL specialist
Phone: 816-235-2594
E-mail

Before joining the ALI in 1995, Fran lived, studied and worked in 7 different countries. Fran is an ESL specialist and coordinates all of the housing, social activities and special programs for the ALI.

Blair Lacy

Blair Lacy

Academic Advisor
Phone: 816-235-1149
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Blair graduated from Missouri State University in 2014 with double majors in Global Studies and French. While an undergrad, she studied abroad for two semesters in Nice, France. After graduating, she picked up everything and moved to Japan to work as an English teacher in two high schools on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She originally only planned to stay one year but fell in love with the country so much, she ended up staying for three!

April Stratman

April Stratman

Academic Advisor
Phone: 816-235-1149
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From a young age April has had a passion for foreign languages which lead her to pursue undergraduate degrees in International Business and Spanish. In addition, she studied French and Italian on her own, and is currently learning Arabic. She lived and worked abroad in Spain, Italy, and Chile, and has travelled to every continent except Antarctica. She completed a Master’s in International Relations at Missouri State University.

Chelsey Butts

Chelsey Butts

International Student Liaison
Phone: 816-235-5405
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Chelsey Butts graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in TESOL and a minor in Linguistics. Before joining the ALI, she taught English as a second language at the University of Kansas’ Applied English Center.

ALI Faculty

Tammy Adams

Tammy Adams

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-1186
E-mail

Before joining the ALI in 2005, Tammy completed her ESL Certification at the University of Texas, Arlington, and she worked with international and immigrant students through non-profit organizations, high schools, and community colleges.

 

Bruce Barrett

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-5406
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Bruce received his Master's in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Leicester in England. Before joining the ALI in 2017, Bruce taught English in Shenzhen, China, receiving the Futian Foreign Teacher of the Year award in 2012 and Favourite Teacher Award in 2011 and 2012.

Kate DeBenedetti

Kate DeBenedetti

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5139
E-mail

Kate holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, Kent, England and an ICELT Certificate (In-Service Certificate in English Language Teaching) from the British Council. She has been teaching at the ALI for many years and has taught basic to advanced students. Prior to teaching at the ALI, Kate taught at the Language School of the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. While there she taught in a variety of university settings, including to English language students and as a teacher trainer in the BA TESOL program. She is also fluent in Spanish and has traveled to several Spanish-speaking countries.

Deborah Garza

Deborah Garza

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-5406
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Debbie received her BS in Education of French and Language Arts, which included studying at l'Universite de Bordeaux in France. She has a Master's in French and a Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language as well as a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction, emphasis on Teaching English as a Second Language. She has over 20 years experience teaching ESL at the college level.

Colin Hayes

Colin Hayes

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5438
E-mail

Colin has B.A in Political Science from the University of Kansas and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in TESOL. Before working at UMKC in 2017, he worked for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and a local non-profit whose work included bringing international visitor groups to Kansas City for professional development.

Stephen Holland-Wempe

Stephen Holland-Wempe

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5438
E-mail

Steve has 25 years of experience in international education in Latin America, Asia and the United States, conducting teacher trainings, and teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His specialty area is Cross-Cultural and Diversity Studies, included as well in interdisciplinary Discourse. In addition, he has taught ESOL, Spanish, and French. Of his publications, he is an award winning translator. His Ph.D. research focus is Intercultural Transitions between Latin America and the United States.

Clint Hughes

Clint Hughes

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5136
E-mail

Clint has lived and worked abroad in China and Taiwan for two years, and directed Intrax International Institute for six years before joining the ALI.

Christina Hunt

Christina Hunt

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-1233
E-mail

Christina has studied in Spain and Costa Rica and taught English in Japan and Guatemala. She has a Masters in Education and over 9 years of English teaching experience.

Estelle Manning

Estelle Manning

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-1186
E-mail

Estelle Manning M.A.; Adjunct Instructor has taught international students, executives, and military officers for twenty years.

Patrick Mitchell

Patrick Mitchell

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-5433
E-mail

Patrick has taught English for 12 years in Japan, and then in Cambodia, and Spain. After returning to the USA, he completed a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and has been teaching at the Applied Language Institute since 2012. Patrick loves learning from and teaching students.

Janine OShea

Janine OShea

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-5138
E-mail

Janine has her B.A in Human Resources from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Business Administration from Rockhurst University in Missouri. She completed her Masters in TESOL at UMKC in 2012. Janine has been with UMKCs ALI for four years. She taught in South Korea for one year and has taught in Brazil through the State Departments Partners in Americas program. Prior to working at UMKC, Janine worked for Fortune 100 companies such as AT&T, Verizon, and Lucent Technologies, where she was responsible for developing technology solutions for businesses and managing multi-discipline teams.

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5138
E-mail

Michael Turner graduated from Truman State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in English and from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon with a Master’s degree in Linguistics in 1999. Michael’s interests include interlanguage phonology and computer assisted language learning.

Front Desk Staff

Phung Tran

Phung Tran

Front Desk Staff
Phone: 816-235-1233
E-mail

Phung is a master's student of the Henry Bloch School and Honor College. She received her bachelor's business administration with emphases in Entrepreneurship and Marketing in 2018. As a coordinator, she helps successfully organize Friend of Internationals organization at UMKC hoping to ease the difficulties for the international students.

Jasmine Canady

Jasmine Canady

Front Desk Staff
Phone: 816-235-1233
E-mail

Jasmine currently attends UMKC studying Sociology with a Cultural Anthropology emphasis. She plans on working with refugees in her career. Additionally, Jasmine was on the UMKC Dance Team for 2 years where they were the National Champions in 2017. She works as a Resident Assistant for Residential Life. Overall, Jasmine has a passion for working with international people and helping the students here at the ALI.

Isabela Felipe dos Guimaraes

Isabela Felipe dos Guimaraes

Front Desk Staff
Phone: 816-235-1233
E-mail

Isabela is an international student from Brazil studying Psychology. Her first experince as an international student was in Canada, where she spent her senior year of high school. That led her to come to the ALI to study English. She loved UMKC so much that she decided to stay for her undergraduate degree. After she graduates, she plans on getting her Master's in Counseling from UMKC.

ALI staff:

The ALI teaching and administrative members are highly qualified individuals who have lived and worked abroad, and who enjoy working with international students.

ALI Instructors:

Are trained in the field of teaching English as a second language

Hold master’s degrees or higher

Are professionals who often speak at national and international conferences

Are innovative and up to date in teaching methods and technology

Contact Info

Applied Language Institute
5301 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816.235.1233
Fax: 816.235.5437
E-Mail: ali@umkc.edu
Hours: Monday – Friday,
8 am – 4 pm