BETHANY, W.Va. – Three Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants will speak about their experiences living in the United States and working at Bethany College during the next installment of the Bethany Connect Lecture Series.

Mariela Zayas, of Corrientes, Argentina, Shaymaa Kullab, of Gaza, Palestinian Territories, and Océane Harger, of Rebais, Ile-de-France, will present at 11 30 a.m. March 15 in Phillips Lounge. The lecture will stream live.

Zayas teaches Spanish courses at Bethany. She holds bachelor’s degrees in graphic design and English from Universidad Nacional del Nordeste and UFAST in Corrientes and is working on a bachelor’s degree in tourism.

Kullab teaches Arabic language and culture and is assisting in a religion course on inter-religious dialogue and social justice. Last year, she taught Bethany courses virtually from her home in Gaza. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Teaching Methods from Al Ashar University. She also worked as a translator and English teacher in Gaza and for a U.N. refugee agency.

Harger teaches French language and civilization courses. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Civilization from Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and is working on her master’s in translation studies at Université Paris-Est Creteil. She tutored middle school and high school students and international students at her university. She also has done technical translations and worked for an international relations company.

The Bethany Connect Speaker Series features faculty members, distinguished Bethany alumni from many fields of study, accomplished professionals in the community, and student researchers.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.