TMC Technology and Learning Specialists

The TMC Technology and Learning Specialists work under the supervision of Professor Dick Kuettner in the University's languages and humanities lab. Using a variety of technological systems and computer programs, the assistants support professors and fellow students in all of their endeavors, while making various multimedia sources available and accessible to them.  Striving to use technology in innovative ways, assistants are familiar with various programs and tools so they may instruct others how to use a variety of resources. Whether it be administration of exams, digitizing films for classes, preparing materials, organizing FLAVA conferences/webinars, or managing websites for the annual Governor's Foreign Language Academies, the TMC Technology and Learning Specialists play an interesting and integral role in the support and development of W&L. They facilitate the sharing of cultures via foreign music, TV, film, books, and video conferencing with students and educators around the world.

Name: Keith Denning
From: Palm Harbor, FL
Class Year: '18
Major: Business Administration and Accounting and Computer Science
Favorite Foods: Mac and cheese
Favorite Movies: Sharknado II: Revenge of the Sharknado
Hobbies: Running and eating
Why work for the TMC?: Feels welcomed and appreciated
Favorite quotes: "Never run and eat at the same time." -ZB
Name: Erika Barrero
From: Houston, TX
Class Year: '16
Major: East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese), Spanish
Favorite Foods: Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Grilled Shrimp, and Midnight Milkyway
Favorite Movies: Spiderman 2, The Avengers, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Catch Me If You Can
Hobbies: Reading, learning foreign languages, and running
Why work for the TMC?: It's a great opportunity combining languages, technology, and helping people. 
Favorite Quotes: "Stand up and walk. Keep moving forward. You've got two good legs. So get up and use them. You're strong enough to make your own path." -Edward Elric
Name: John Dannehl
Atlanta, Georgia
Class Year:
Geology and Spanish w/ minor in French
Favorite Foods:
Fettuccini alfredo and mussels
Favorite Movies:
No Country for Old Men, The Incredibles
Hiking, Rock climbing, Running, Horseback riding
Why work for the TMC?:
To help others achieve their full potential in language learning, while learning a few tricks myself about language acquisition and technology.
Favorite Quotes:
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." Maya Angelou
Name: Katrina "Kiki" Spiezio
Taunton, MA
Class Year:
Politics with Studio Art and Poverty Studies minors
Favorite Foods:
Portuguese Dry Rice and Linguica, Dominican Pica Pollo, Chinese Soup Dumplings, Pizza, and French Fries
Favorite Movies:
Slumdog Millionaire, Freedom Writers, Enchanted, Cars, Wall-e, Easy A, and the Step Up movies
Photography, Dance, Polo, Traveling, Community Service
Why work for the TMC?:
Because being around all of the different language students inspires me to keep learning more languages and about more cultures!
Favorite quotes:
"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - A Cinderella Story
Name: Cole Malizia
From: Tampa, FL
Class Year: '16
Major: Business and Accounting
Favorite Foods: Deep Dish Pizza
Favorite Movies: Gladiator and Talladega Nights
Hobbies: Swimming, reading the news, exploring wikipedia, watching sports, hanging out
Why work for the TMC?: Just when you think you know enough about computers, there's something new to learn.
Favorite Quotes: "Going in one more round when you don't think you can, that's what makes all the difference in your life." Rocky Balboa
Name: Abigail Pannell, TMC Intern
From: Galveston, Texas
Class Year: '16
Major: Studio Art and German
Favorite Foods: Macaroni & cheese, pizza, and apples
Favorite Movies: Men in Tights and Lord of the Rings
Hobbies: Drawing, hiking, reading, and staring into space.
Why work for the TMC?: The TMC has helped me gain invaluable work experience, and I think it is an amazing opportunity to better one's skills in technology and education.
Favorite Quotes: "When the world is running down, you make the best of what's still around." - The Police

Name: Yiwen Wang
Shanghai, China
Class Year:
Accounting and Business Administration, Math minor
Favorite Foods:
Sushi, shrimp, fish
Favorite Movies:
Inception, Anna Karenina, Life is Beautiful, Les Miserables
Traveling, piano, origami, and paper quilling
Why work for the TMC?:
It's a great opportunity for me to learn new things, help others, and have fun!
Favorite Quotes:
"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters." - Audrey Hepburn

Name: Socrates Manzoni Ruiz
From: Managua, Nicaragua
Class Year: '16
Major: Accounting and Business Administration
Favorite Foods: I don't discriminate between them
Favorite Movies: Dude, Where's My Car? and Bicycle Thieves
Hobbies: Golf, Man Men, and DoodleJump
Why work for the TMC?: I want to help other students maximize their use of the learning tools available in the TMC.
Favorite Quotes: "I'm pregnant." -Peyton Manning's mother in 1976
Name: Dalton Greenwood
From: Franklin, TN
Class Year: '17
Major: Undeclared
Favorite Foods: Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagel, Fish and Chips
Favorite Movies: Inception, Captain America, Robin Hood (Disney Version)
Hobbies: Reading, Gaming, Hiking, Swimming
Why work for the TMC?: The TMC is a hub of learning of Washington and Lee University, in foreign languages, and I believe that helping others to integrate into global community by learning languages is one of the greatest things one can do.
Favorite Quotes: "Things are only impossible until they are not." -Cpt. Jean-Luc Picard

Name: Elizabeth (Lizzy) Caldwell
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Class Year: '16
Major: Business Administration and Spanish
Favorite Foods: Chocolate and Pickels
Favorite Movies: Zoolander
Hobbies: long distance running, hiking, writing
Why work for the TMC?: Being a Spanish major, I spent a lot of time in the TMC to start, so I figured might as well make it official.
Favorite Quotes: "I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world” –Walt Whitman

Name: Ashley Ooms
From: Whitehouse Station, NJ
Class Year: '17
Major: Biochemistry
Favorite Foods: Carrots, peanut butter, snickerdoodles, and tuna
Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, The Proposal, Shutter Island, and The Hobbit. 
Hobbies: Running, riding horses, playing squash and travelling. 
Why work for the TMC?: As a dual citizen of both the Netherlands and the United States, I have always appreciated other languages and cultures. 
Favorite Quotes: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past" - F Scott Fitzgerald 

Name: Will Mason
From: Virginia Beach, VA
Class Year: '17
Major: Economics, Philosophy and Chinese
Favorite Foods: Fried chicken, sushi
Favorite Movies: Mystery Men, Neighbors
Hobbies: Playing/appreciating music
Why work for the TMC?: I love helping others learn, especially when it comes to languages.
Favorite Quotes: "Don't stop the party." - Pitbull

Name: Timothy Holder
From: Barbados through Columbus, OH
Class Year: 2016
Major: Chemistry-Engineering
Favorite Foods: PB&J, Reese's Puffs cereal, and BBQ chicken
Favorite Movies: The Dark Knight, Inception and MegaMind
Hobbies: Racquetball, Ping Pong, and Drumming
Why work for the TMC?: Learning languages is an important bridge between cultures and I enjoy helping people form those bridges.
Favorite quotes: "It's not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you." Rachel Dawes, from Batman Begins

If you wish to become a TMC Assistant, you can fill out an application here.