Meet our Fellows

Meet our Fellows 2021-10-26T10:14:29+00:00

Jonathan Alegria


Fordham University >> Oranim Academic College of Education

Jonathan Alegria received his BA in International Studies with a concentration in the Middle East and North Africa, and a minor in Jewish Studies from Fordham University. At Fordham, he worked as an undergraduate researcher with the Center on National Security, analyzing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the synergy between enhancing national security and upholding civil rights within the United States. He also designed and taught an English class during a summer internship with Yefet 83 for the Arab-Israeli community at the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality. He currently works for Englewood Health as a Patient Access Representative assisting patients in navigating the healthcare system through the COVID-19 pandemic. He was awarded the Fulbright ETA grant at Oranim Academic College in Kiryat Tiv’on, where he hopes to build confidence in English learners to use the English language in their personal and professional lives.

Juan Pinto


Juan Pinto received his MA in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of Texas at Austin and his BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, with minors in Linguistics and Modern Hebrew, from Brigham Young University. He has held various teaching and tutoring positions of both English and Hebrew. Before departing for Israel, Juan is continuing his research into the use of data science principles for the creation of language learning materials. After completing his time as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Juan will pursue a PhD in Second Language Acquisition. While in Israel, he will be working with English learners at Oranim Academic College in Kiryat Tiv’on. His goals as an educator are to increase students’ confidence in their own abilities, motivate them to take charge of their own learning, and help them use technological tools effectively to learn English. He hopes to engage students with rich learning experiences while honing his own skills as an educator and cultural ambassador.

Alfredo Torres


Alfredo Torres received his BA in Linguistics and International Studies with an unofficial minor in Hebrew at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He has worked as an ESL tutor for international students at Emory University, as a Teacher’s Assistant in Spanish at a local high school, and as a Communications intern at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alfredo was awarded with a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Israel. Throughout the course of this fellowship, he will provide support for the English language studies of students at Oranim Academic College in Kiryat Tivon.