Our local team

We work with a large network of translators and interpreters. Below you'll find information about each of the great people on our local team.

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Tanya Hoover,

Founder of midwest language services

Tanya Hoover holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Purdue University and is a native speaker of English. Her mother was a Japanese interpreter and translator in both the United States and in Japan. 

Tanya started her teaching career overseas in 1993 and later established Midwest Language Services, LLC in 2006.

Lauren Li, English language instructor

Lauren is an English Language Instructor at Midwest Language Services, LLC.  She joined the company in 2012 and currently teaches both in-person and online private and group lessons.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from DePauw University in 2007, she went on to earn a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate from IUPUI in 2008. Lauren started teaching English while living abroad in Japan, where she also founded an eikaiwa or English conversation class for her neighborhood community.  This experience inspired her to connect with people through a mutual exchange of language and culture.

When she is not teaching ESL classes at our company, Lauren likes to volunteer her time helping the local refugee population by teaching lessons on English language and American culture.

Melanie Chacon, english language instructor

Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in speech and drama from Marian University. She continued at Indiana University to earn her Master of Science in Education. In addition, Melanie has given presentations about differentiating instruction at a local college and has also made a presentation about improving classroom practice for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual convention in Chicago. Melanie began teaching for Midwest Language Services, LLC in 2013 and currently teaches online, private lessons, and group classes.

kyla decker, English language instructor

Kyla is the newest addition to our staff. She lived in Ecuador for nine years, where she previously taught English and visual arts. Kyla is fluent in English and Spanish and will be teaching some of the group ESL classes and private lessons at our new location in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Caroline Ammon

Caroline Ammon currently studies anthropology at IUPUI and works part-time for Midwest Language Services. She is fluent in English and speaks some Turkish. Caroline manages some of our requests for interpreters from our in-state and out-of-state clients.

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