Nancy Fletcher

Assistant Teaching Professor

B.A. Human Development and Social Relations, FIU
M.S. Teaching English as a Second Language, FIU

Nancy Fletcher is the English Language Institute’s current Language Laboratory Program Coordinator and laboratory instructor. Born and raised in Ohio, she has taught and performed social work in Colombia and Mexico. She has been with the E.L.I. since 1986 in various capacities including Cultural Events Coordinator. She enjoys reading, camping and hiking with her sons in their scout and venture crew activities and, of course, teaching the wonderful and always interesting international students who come to the E.L.I.

Office: LC 217

Olga Garmash, M.A.

Adjunct Lecturer

B.A. Secondary Education
M.A. Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Murmansk State University
M.A. International Affairs, Florida State University

A native of Russia, Olga began as an ESL instructor at Murmansk State University. Prior to joining the faculty of the FSU Center for Intensive English Studies, she worked with several educational programs in public health at the FSU College of Medicine. While teaching academic English at CIES, she was also involved in curriculum development and materials design. She moved to Miami in 2013 and began working at the English Language Institute. She has a particular interest in teaching advanced grammar and academic reading. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and photography

Office: LC 203A

Alfredo Henquen

Adjunct Lecturer

Licentiate/B.A. Teaching English as a Foreign Language, E.J. Varona Pedagogical University
TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification, Oxford Seminars 

Alfredo joined the English Language Institute in the 2020 Spring semester and has since taught the TOEFL® preparation course and the Advanced Grammar, Reading, and Writing courses in the Intensive English Program at the ELI. With over 30 years of experience, Alfredo has taught all levels of English and all kinds of courses, including General English, exam preparation, teacher training, aviation English and everything in between to students from all over the world. One of the things he enjoys the most about his work is enabling students to become the protagonists of their own learning and watching them progress towards attaining their academic or professional goals. When he is not in the classroom, Alfredo enjoys riding his bicycle, going to the beach, kayaking, or simply relaxing at home. 

Office: LC 203A

Laura Lamour

Laura Lamour

Director, English Language Institute, FIU

M.S. Curriculum and Instruction of Modern Languages (with a TESOL tract), FIU

Laura Lamour is originally from the Caribbean Islands, more specifically Guadeloupe, France. At the age of 5, her family moved to Canada, where they lived in Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario. After 8 years of the harsh Canadian winter, her family decided to move to Miami, Florida, where the sun is always shining. She has resided here ever since.

She graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree. She taught in the public school system for 2 years and then transitioned to the English Language Institute as a graduate student.  She has been teaching there since September 2009 and absolutely loves every minute of it. She has helped developed several online programs, one of them being Reading Plus for all the reading levels.  ELI students have had great success developing their reading skills as a result.

What she loves most aside from teaching is traveling and discovering new places and cultures. One day, Laura hopes to travel the world and learn about the various cultures and traditions.

Office: LC 205
Phone: 305-348-2196

Drew McNeil

Adjunct Lecturer

B.A. International Relations, UM
M.A. Asia-Pacific Studies, NCCU (Taiwan)
M.S. Foreign Language Education, FIU

Drew McNeil was born and raised in Florida, and he first became interested in foreign languages while studying at the University of Miami. He went on to study in Japan on an exchange program and later moved to Taiwan to continue his studies. After seven years of studying and working as a translator and staff trainer in Taiwan, he returned to Florida to pursue a graduate degree in education at FIU and then transitioned into the ELI as an instructor. When not teaching, he likes reading, exercising, cooking, and is generally always on the lookout to learn and try new things.

Office: LC 203A

Lergia Olivo

Adjunct Lecturer

B.A. English, FIU
M.A. Linguistics, FIU
Graduate Certificate, eLearning, UCF
Ph.D. Student, Teaching and Learning, FIU

Lergia Olivo is an adjunct lecturer at FIU’s English Language Institute. She was born and raised in Miami, FL, to parents who immigrated from Cuba in the 1960s. Lergia also serves as an Instructional Design Manager for FIU Online, FIU’s centralized distance learning unit, and as such, has extensive experience in online instruction and learning design. She is currently a PhD student in Education, focusing on the teaching of foreign and second languages in the online modality. Lergia enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching sports.

Office: MANGO 639


Peter Tome

Associate Teaching Professor

B.A. International Relations

Peter began his teaching career in 1987 as an assistant d’anglais at a high school in France. After completing his master’s degree, he taught at the Wall Street Institute in Geneva, Switzerland for nearly two years before moving on to TASOK (The American School of Kinshasa) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since his return to the United States in 1995, Peter has taught at Miami-Dade College and at the ELI, where he continues to teach until this day. One of the things Peter enjoys most about his work is meeting students from so many different countries. He is currently involved in writing curriculum for the ELI and is continuously designing or redesigning materials for his courses. When not teaching, he likes to spend time outdoors: hiking, kayaking, or simply enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.

Office: LC 213