1. What do you wish your students knew about you?
Ali Ebrahimpourlighvani, MA, TESL: My students are my inspiration to follow my dreams.
Makenzie Van Maanen, MA, RCPC: That I am really excited to answer their questions, and I want them to succeed outside of English 150!
2. What one word would your students use to describe you?
Ali: A friend.
3. What’s something your students have taught you this semester?
Ali: To be open and vulnerable.
Makenzie: I can learn just as much from them as they are learning from me.
4. What one teaching tool will we always find you with?
Ali: Notebook and my brain.
Makenzie: My notebook and pen.
5. If you could share one sentence of advice with newer teachers, what would it be?
Ali: Don’t choose a side in a class, just listen to your students, and they stand by your side to remember the change you made in their learning journey!
Makenzie: It’s okay if everything doesn’t always go perfectly; we are learning too, just like our students!
6. What’s something you are passionate about (outside of ISUCOMM)?
Ali: Nature and peace!
Makenzie: I am passionate about word puzzles and board games – Rummikub is my favorite!
7. What are you excited to teach in ENGL 150 or 250?
Ali: Assisting technology in their assignments and effective communication.
Makenzie: I’ve really enjoyed teaching the Multimodal Remix, but I’m also looking forward to the Rhetorical Analysis in 250.
8. What is your most frequently used emoji?
9. If you had your own late-night talk show, who would you invite as your first guest?
Ali: My students.
Makenzie: Machine Gun Kelly
10. If you had to sing karaoke, what song would you pick?
Ali: “Ayriliq” in my mother tongue, which means Separation.
Makenzie: “1985” by Bowling for Soup