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Graduate Communications and Intercultural Programs Team
Angus Bowers joined Duke University as a communications consultant in late 2018. He brings over 11 years of teaching experience to the Graduate Communications and Intercultural Programs.
He comes from teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at Wake Technical Community College and from the Intensive English Program at North Carolina State University. In addition, Angus has trained ESL teachers as a faculty member of the ESL Teacher Certificate program at Wake Technical Community College.
He received a Monbukagakusho Research Grant from the Japanese Government to complete a master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has an Master of Arts in English Linguistics from NC State.
Angus has lived in France, Japan, and the United Kingdom for extended periods of time. He was recently awarded a grant from the Partners of the Americas to train English teachers in Bolivia.
Annabel Breen joined the GCIP team as a Communications Consultant in January 2022.
A graduate of North Carolina State University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ethics, a TESOL Certification, and a Master of Arts in Foreign Language and Literature-TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Since her graduate school days, Annabel has been passionate about developing culture-focused EFL curricula and facilitating intercultural communication between international and domestic university students. She has worked with undergraduate and graduate students from over 40 countries and is dedicated to supporting intercultural competency development in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.
Sue Mathias is the director of the GCIP team. She works with graduate students, helping them with oral and written English proficiency, and coaching international students who are adjusting academically and socially to life at Duke.
She has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and worked with graduate students since 2002. Sue received a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in Japanese from Pennsylvania State University before spending a year at Sophia University in Tokyo on a Rotary scholarship.
After working in finance for a decade, Sue earned a Master of Arts in Teaching ESL and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State, where she focused on foreign language education.
Minerva Matos-Garner brings over 17 years of language teaching experience.
She began her teaching career in Baltimore, where she taught Spanish in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and English as a Second Language (ESL) at Woodstock Job Corps Center. After relocating to the midwestern United States, Minerva continued teaching Spanish and ESL in both the Cleveland Heights-University Heights and Westlake city schools.
Until recently, Minerva taught ESL at Wake Technical Community College and at the Intensive English Program at North Carolina State University. She began teaching at Duke in 2018. Minerva has an Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
Marcie Pachino started working as a Communications Consultant at the Graduate Communications Center in 2018.
Prior to this, she taught English as a second language (ESL) to international high school students in the Durham Public Schools for 29 years. Marcie has also taught ESL strategies to graduate students in Duke’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in history at Duke, her Master of Arts in Teaching at the School for International Training, and her North Carolina Teaching License at North Carolina Central University. Marcie speaks Spanish, and now that she is at Duke Engineering, she hopes to remember some Chinese she learned as a Duke undergrad. In her free time, Marcie enjoys reading fiction, seeing movies, traveling domestically and internationally, and spending time with friends and family.
Ilana Palmer brings over 12 years of teaching experience to her work as a Communications Consultant with the Graduate Communications Center. Prior to joining the team at Duke, Ilana worked with international and domestic students in the Wake County Public Schools and served as the lead teacher at private school in Raleigh. For many years, she taught ESL as well as supervised and mentored ESL teachers at Wake Technical Community College.
Ilana received her bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology from Harvard University and earned a Master of Education in TESOL from Boston University. She holds a Certificate of Social Work from the New York Academy of Medicine and is currently pursuing certification as a Curriculum and Instructional Specialist from Meredith College. Outside of work, Ilana loves spending time with family, reading, gardening, and crafting. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, son, two dogs, and nine chickens.