Lauren moved from Texas to join the staff at UT’s International House in 2014. She loves to travel, learn about other cultures, and meet new international students. She’s visited many places around the world, but especially enjoyed living abroad when studying for a semester in Denmark, working as an au pair in Spain, and studying Spanish in Nicaragua for a summer. Lauren completed her BBA in Marketing at Baylor University and her MEd in Higher Education at the University of North Texas. In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and attending Knoxville’s many festivals.
Kristen’s hometown is Northeast Georgia but she’s loved living and traveling all over the country for the last decade. Her love of travel began in high school when she took two trips to Jamaica to help some families in need and immediately enjoyed immersing herself in a different culture. Since then she’s adventured to Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Ensenada among various areas all over the U.S. She’s been ice climbing in the San Gabriel Mountains, scuba diving in the Florida keys, skydiving, mountain biking, and kayaking in Georgia, and caving in Tennessee. She loves a good outdoor adventure but when she’s home she enjoys playing volleyball, writing, and being with her husband and daughter. Hardly one to sit still for long, you might see Kristen scurrying around the I-House on a mission. While she’s involved with a myriad of I-House activities, she’s the one to contact with any event scheduling or administrative questions.
नमस्ते ! Kailee calls Cedar Rapids, Iowa home, but ever since her childhood she has been fascinated with traveling and visiting other cultures. Her travels abroad include Costa Rica, South Africa, India, China and more. Her travel bug is fueled by the possibility of learning new languages, trying new food, and creating relationships with friends all over the world.
Kailee completed her BA degree in Global and International Studies with a minor in Business at The University of Kansas. Her area of interest is South-Asia and her substantive specialization is comparative political and social systems. At KU she also studied Spanish and Hindi. She is here at UT to get her master’s degree in College Student Personnel. Kailee is excited to learn more about global higher education and how students learn from all across the globe. Her biggest passion outside of travel is Ultimate Frisbee, and she played for the University of Kansas’ women’s team, the Kansas Bettys for four years.
Kailee can’t wait to get to know all of the international vols, so stop by to toss a Frisbee with her or to just say hello!
Tamnnet Kidanu is one of three graduate assistants at the International House. Tamnnet earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health with a minor in Psychology. She has held multiple peer mentoring, research, and teaching assistant positions as an undergraduate student. Additionally, Tamnnet is passionate about intercultural communication and completed a social justice course in Ecuador during her third year of college. Tamnnet is excited to meet our international students, staff, & faculty at UT!
She is currently in the Master of Public Health program.
Courtney is from a small town in Ohio. Her family has taken many trips starting her at a young age sparking an interest in traveling and learning about cultures. With her passion in traveling she has always known she wanted to join the Peace Corps. She was given the opportunity to be a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies. During her time there she fell in love with the people and the land and has since called SVG her second home.
Courtney completed her undergraduate degree at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, attaining a BSW and a BA in Religion. She is in the graduate program in Social Work here at the University of Tennessee. Her concentration is in evidence based interpersonal practice and plans on receiving a certificate in Veterinary Social Work. Courtney is a huge animal lover and is excited to learn how to use that love of animals in her professional social work practice. In her free time she likes to read books, play with her fur babies and try new foods.
She is excited to be at the I house and learn more about cultures and try all sorts of food!