M.A. Students


Jenna Bertilson

Graduate Assistant [WLC]

Wren Bouwman

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Wren Bouwman is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She received a B.A. in English with a minor in Speech from Iowa State University. Her interests include Old English literature, historical linguistics, and higher education pedagogy.


Kate Challis

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Kate Challis is an MA student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She has a BA in French Teaching and minor in TESOL K-12 from BYU ('09). She is especially interested in applying corpus methods to computer applications for foreign language learning of less commonly taught languages. She is the marketing chair for the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International and is deeply passionate about all things Czech. She speaks English, French, Arabic, and Czech.


Cheick Sadibou Diagne

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Cheick Sadibou Diagne joined ISU’s English Department for the two-year M.A. TESL Applied Linguistics program to update and enhance his language teaching and teacher training skills. Prior to coming to ISU, he was a teacher trainer at the ESL/EFL Department of Cheikh Anta Diop University’s Teacher Education College, where he helped train English Language Instructors for 6 years. Prior to that, he had been working as a High and Middle School English teacher for 10 years, in three different public schools, including his country’s unique Girls-only Excellence boarding school on Goree Island, in Dakar, Senegal.


Jillian Hunt

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Jillian Hunt is a first-year M.A. student in the TESL/Applied Linguistics program. She graduated from the University of Dubuque in 2019 with a BS in Secondary English Education. She completed student teaching in a high school and hopes to continue working with high school students in the future. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a university writing tutor and as the managing editor of University of Dubuque’s campus newspaper. Her main field of interest is in the intersection of second language acquisition and literature.


John Guhin

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

John Guhin is a master’s student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. He graduated with a BS in Mathematics from Iowa State University in May 2018. During undergrad, he developed an interest in Linguistics after joining the Linguistics Club and decided to pursue a career in Linguistics. Current research interests are limited to corpus linguistics for now but will probably grow in number and specificity with time.


Kunhui "Connie" Kim

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Kunhui “Connie” Kim is an M.A. student who has not yet provided a bio for our site 🙂


Savannah Maynard

Graduate Assistant-Teaching [ENGL]

Savannah Maynard is an MA student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She holds a BA in Linguistics and Spanish from Iowa State University. As an undergraduate, Savannah worked as a research assistant in the English Department at Iowa State. She also secured an internship as a teaching assistant at an English language academy in Spain during her semester abroad. There, she discovered her interest in second language acquisition. Her other academic interests include corpus and historical linguistics.


Anton Neretin

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Anton Neretin is an M.A. student in the TESL program. Before ISU, he
earned a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from a Russian Academy of Law and an “Interpretation/Translation” Certificate from an Iowa college. Anton’s passion is to help international students or other learners for whom English is a foreign language. Since 2017, he has been a mentor of students enrolled in the “Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom” course, provided by ISU, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and administered by FHI 360.


MacKenzie Novotny

Student [ENGL]

MacKenzie Novotny is an M.A. student in the TESL/Applied Linguistics program. In the spring of 2020, she graduated with bachelor’s degrees in French and linguistics from Iowa State University. Her scholarly interests are in second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, and pronunciation. Her other interests include petting her cat, hiking through mountains, and talking about dragons.


Laura Raught

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Laura Raught is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She received a B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Spanish from Iowa State University. Her interests focus on her love of grammar but she also wants to explore historical linguistics. Laura especially enjoys sharing her interests with others through teaching.


Shamini Shetye

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Shamini Shetye is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University. She holds a B.S. from Iowa State University in Liberal Studies and a B.Sc from the University of Mumbai, India in Physics, along with an Associate degree in Business Information Systems from Des Moines Area Community College. Some of her interests include learning about new cultures and languages. Her study abroad trips through Iowa State University to France, Spain, and Morocco gave her enlightening insights about diverse cultures. She has also actively volunteered in the community for several years. Some of her volunteering roles include serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA ) for abused or neglected children in Des Moines, Iowa (for couple years) and engaging elementary and middle-school students in enrichment activities like robotics. Currently, she enjoys teaching English 250 at Iowa State University. Shamini’s research interests include literacy, corpus linguistics, and computational linguistics.