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Abby Elizabeth Russell

My name is Abby Elizabeth Russell, and I'm in my last semester of a visual fine arts program. I've been working with ESL for around 3 years now and am ecstatic to be part of the team in my last few months here at Grenfell :) I'm studying to hopefully become an animator in the future, though I also like to play videogames and practice music in my spare time. I'm also working on trying to read more, so fingers crossed for the new year! I can't wait to be working with you all this semester! 


Emily Stevens

Hello! I am a fourth year Environmental Sustainability student majoring in Resource Management, and minoring in Folklore from St. John's, Newfoundland. I've been an ESL Discussion Leader for a while now, this year will be my 3rd year! I love getting to know new people and learning about different cultures. For fun I love painting and making art of any kind, as well as hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, and just generally spending time in nature! Although I was looking forward to meeting everyone in person this winter, I am still excited to see everyone in an online setting, with the potential to do some in-person stuff eventually. Regardless, I can't wait to get to know everyone this semester!! Happy New Year!!


Gaayathri Sukantha Murugan

My name is Gaayathri Sukantha Murugan (she/her) and I’m a fourth-year interdisciplinary visual arts student from Chennai, India. I love making a positive impact on the world, no matter how small. I grew up speaking English as well as Tamil (my first language), so I'm super excited to work with ESL students!

I enjoy creating meaningful connections, cuddling cute animals, and cooking delicious spicy food. I'm a Councillor-at-Large on the Grenfell Campus Student Union; I’m also on the Board of Directors for Visual Artists in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in the past, I have worked at the Grenfell Art Gallery and for CB Nuit.  


Jenna Bennett

Hi! My name is Jenna Bennett from Stephenville, Newfoundland. I am a third-year business administration student with a minor in psychology. I joined this program last year and have enjoyed the conversations that come from these discussions. I am twenty years old and am a huge extravert! In my free time I love to ski, skate, swim, and overall, just be around others doing fun activities. I am looking forward to meeting and conversing with everybody!


Jonathon Ryan Turner

Jonathon is currently enrolled as a fourth-year Major in English Literature at Grenfell Campus. He graduated from College of the North Atlantic in 2012 with a Diploma in Executive Office Administration and has worked in several different sectors including radio and the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has been learning to speak Japanese for the past two years, outside of his studies at Grenfell.


Laura Colbourne

Laura is from Pasadena, Newfoundland and Labrador. She is currently a second year Environmental Science student at Grenfell Campus. Some of her favourite hobbies include playing piano, photography, and doing crafts.


Stephanie Gomes Annes

I’m Stephanie Gomes Annes and I’m an international student from Brazil. I’m a first-year nursing student at Grenfell, but I’ve been an ESL student during my first semester in university. I started working as an ESL discussion leader last fall and I really enjoyed it! 

Melissa Halford, Co-ordinator, English as a Second Language

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS391
Phone: (709) 639-4720
Email: esl@grenfell.mun.ca

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