ESOL Owls started in April 2020 at the University of Maryland, College Park and within 3 months, the program grew to include 100+ students. This tutoring program is run by college students and recent graduates from multiple universities. Our tutors speak 30+ foreign languages and have extensive teaching experience.
The program aims to connect students with tutors who share a common background or language. We are committed to fostering meaningful relationships by providing personalized, one-on-one instruction for students in English, reading, math, and other subjects.
Meet the Logistics Team
Yaelle Goldschlag is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park and is studying math, computer science, and Persian. She has taught via a number of programs including the Petey Greene Program, the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, Jacari, and Student Initiated Courses at UMD. Yaelle started ESOL Owls to help students most disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Her hope is that the program will improve students' educational experience over the next few months and create long-lasting bonds between students and their mentors.
Spanish Coordinator, Tutor Outreach, Student Outreach
Cecilia Velarde graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology. She is a native Spanish speaker from Bolivia and a former ESOL student. As the Spanish coordinator for ESOL Owls, she is responsible for pairing up students and tutors based on their language abilities and the students' needs. As an immigrant, she understands the challenges that immigrant families face and how it affects their ability to access educational resources for their children. She is very proud to be a part of this ESOL Owls and cannot wait to see how it impacts students' lives.
Tutor Outreach, Student Outreach
Nhu Le is from Nha Trang, Vietnam. She graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD in 2019. Nhu is a rising sophomore and is currently majoring in Microbiology with a minor in Humanities, Health, and Medicine at the University of Maryland, College Park. At UMD, she serves as the Secretary and Communication Manager of the International Union and is a part of the STAMP Student Union - Research and Assessment Division. Outside of UMD, Nhu works as a volunteer tutor at the Latino Student Fund and as a general volunteer for the American Red Cross.
Tutor Outreach, Student Outreach
Anny Lin is a rising sophomore at George Washington University and is currently studying International Affairs. As a former ESOL student with immigrant parents, Anny joined ESOL Owls with the hopes of supporting other low income refugee and immigrant students with their education, especially during this extremely difficult period. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts and exploring new places.
Sara Fernandez is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is majoring in Public Health Science and minoring in Spanish. Her interests include cats, learning new things, and helping others.
Nicola Paul is a recent graduate from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies. With her experiences volunteering in the Latinx and Korean communities, she hopes to share how ESOL Owls can be beneficial for those in need of it and expand the program’s involvement in various communities throughout Maryland.
Amy Campos is a rising sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park and is majoring in general biology. She is a native Spanish speaker and has experience tutoring students in biology, chemistry, and history. Amy has also worked with children in summer programs at her old elementary school for over 7 years. Her hobbies include singing, baking, and painting.
Amiel De Leon
Amiel De Leon is a rising senior and is majoring in Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Amiel joined this program in the hopes that she could use her artistic skills to disseminate informative, appealing materials to prospective tutors and students. As a media coordinator, she helps design flyers and manages the ESOL Owl website along with its social media. She is excited to see how this tutoring program will serve as a helpful resource for students and their families.
Mahima Pande is a rising sophomore and is currently studying Computer Science and Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been a tutor since high school and has helped her peers in multiple subjects such as algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and writing. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, gardening, and doing yoga.