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Graduate Communications Center Team
Bridget Fletcher has been at Pratt since 2007, working in various roles to support graduate students. She has been teaching English to International Graduate students since 2010.
Bridget received her BA in Sociology from North Carolina State University and her MA in Liberal Studies with a focus on Intercultural Communications as well as her English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching certification from Duke.
Her master’s research focused on Chinese student acclimation in the American graduate school classroom. She is the author of From Jiao Shi to Classroom, a guidebook for Chinese students coming to the United States for study. Bridget has earned an Intercultural Foundations Certification from the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communications and is certified to administer the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale as well as the Global Competencies from the Kozai Group.
Bridget received the Pratt School of Engineering Golden Hard Hat Award in 2011, the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2012, and was nominated for the Blue Ribbon Diversity Award in 2016.
Sue Mathias 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 her BS in Finance and 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 her MA in Teaching ESL and MEd 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 Midwest, 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 the GCC in 2018. Minerva has an MA 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 Durham Public Schools for 29 years. Marcie has also taught ESL strategies to graduate students in Duke’s MA in Teaching program.
She earned her BA in history at Duke, her MA 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 Pratt, 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.