Carlos Arauz

Office Assistant

Carlos was born in Miami and has family from Nicaragua and Canada. He is a student at FIU majoring in Criminal Justice, aspiring to become a lawyer. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he plans to go to law school. He has many hobbies such as playing soccer, reading, and video editing.
Office: LC 204
Phone: 305-348-2222

Tamara Ballestero

Tamara Ballestero

Administrative Services Coordinator

B.A. International Relations, FIU
M.A. Religious Studies, FIU

Tamara was born in León, Nicaragua. She moved to Miami in 2000 and has been living here since then. She has always been interested in the social sciences and exploring the different cultural aspects of the world. She joined the English Language institute when she was working on her undergraduate studies. Being at the ELI has given her the opportunity to interact with students from culturally diverse backgrounds, which is something she loves. During her spare time she enjoys painting, concerts, traveling and going on walks with her dog. She also likes to read books about anthropology and languages. She is looking forward to meeting and helping new students every semester at the ELI!

Office: LC 206
Phone: 305-348-3899

Isabella Canizares

Office Assistant

Isabella (“Izzy”) was born in Miami and is half Colombian and Cuban. They are a student at FIU double majoring in Digital Journalism and Theatre. After completing their Bachelor’s degrees, they plan to pursue a profession in theatre. They have many hobbies such as singing, painting, and writing.
Office: LC 204
Phone: 305-348-2222

Nancy Garcia

Nancy Garcia

Program Manager

B.A. in Psychology and Social Work, FIU

Nancy Garcia is a native of Miami, Florida. She is currently the ELI’s Office Manager. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. She has been blessed with two wonderful children and has been married to an amazing husband for 20 years. Florida International University has been more than an educational setting for her; it has been her second family, helping her grow in both her education and profession.

Office: LC 215
Phone: 305-348-1032

Brenda Jimenez

Brenda Jimenez

Office Assistant

B.A. of Science in Biological Sciences, FIU

Brenda was born in Cuba and moved to Miami when she was just five years old. She is currently applying for medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatric oncologist. In her spare time, she likes going to the beach with her friends and family and enjoying new adventures

Office: LC 204
Phone: 305-348-2222

Michelle Rios

Office Assistant

B.A. English, FIU

Michelle is from Miami but her family is from Argentina and Ecuador. She graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s in English in 2019. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction (Learning Technologies track) at FIU. In her free time, Michelle likes to watch soccer, read, and spend time with friends and family.

Office: LC 204
Phone: 305-348-2222