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Our Team

Empire State BuildingAlberta Gatti, Ph.D. (Director): Alberta Gatti is the director of ILETC and  the Center for Integrated Language Communities at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research and teaching has focused on Spanish literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as well as on language education. Before coming to New York, she directed the Foreign Languages Program and the Center for Engaged Learning Environments (CELE) at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. In 2012 she was honored with the Teaching Excellence Award. Alberta Gatti holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures from Boston University and a degree in Classical Studies from the University of Buenos Aires.

Teresa O'Neill (Assistant Director): Teresa O’Neill holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Graduate Center, where her work focused on theoretical syntax and language variation. Her current research examines the structure of endangered and low-resource languages, combining documentary and descriptive linguistics with formal linguistic approaches. Teresa has taught languages, writing, linguistics, and T.E.S.O.L. at several CUNY colleges and neighboring institutions, designing curricula to expose students to the rich linguistic diversity of the New York City metropolitan area.

Valeria Belmonti (Instructional Technology Coordinator): Valeria Belmonti is the Director of the Modern Languages Media Center at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). She received an M.A. in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University concentrating her studies in Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Her thesis surveyed the use of web technology to enhance the teaching of intercultural competence within undergraduate language education, particularly through the use of telecollaborations.

Danielle Wetmore (College Assistant): Danielle Wetmore holds a B.A. in History from University of Redlands and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Liberal Studies at the Graduate Center, with an emphasis in American Studies. Ms. Wetmore’s work is in 20th century US, cultural history with a gendered analysis.  Her most recent work examines the relationship between the process of legitimization for makeup and advertising during the Great Depression.  In the office, Ms. Wetmore helps with organization, scheduling, and event planning.