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Hunter Baird

Administrative Assistant

Hunter Baird arrived at ELI in September 2021. Hunter manages applications, immigration issues, correspondence with students, and deals with daily student support services.

What do you enjoy most about working at ELI?

I enjoy building relationships with students and helping them adjust to life in Knoxville and East Tennessee. I also enjoy my colleagues and helping grow the institute after a very challenging time.

What advice do you give to new ELI students?

Find out as much as you can before you arrive so you will have the least surprises. I would recommend immersing yourself in all the ELI, UTK, and Knoxville events that you can.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

(Surprise!) The English Language Institute’s location downtown, close to cool restaurants and opportunities to get involved…and Starbucks, just around the corner!

What is something you love about Knoxville?

I love that Knoxville is a small city with the vibe of a big city. There’s diversity around every corner.

What are some TV shows you enjoy?

The Squid Game, Prison Break, and All American.

Do you have a podcast recommendation?

I enjoy listening to Ted Talks because there are so many topics to find out about.


MA (in progress) in Second Language Acquisition, Policy, and Culture
BA (double major) Spanish and Global Studies, with a minor in Marketing.

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