Support Staff

Claudia Battistel, Ph.D

Claudia Battistel, Ph.D, Manager of Administrative Services


Phone: (305) 348-2823

Dr. Claudia Battistel was trained as a corporate lawyer in Venezuela. Dr. Battistel is also a Certified Translator, she holds an MA in Spanish Literature, and a PH. D in Spanish from Florida International University. Dr. Battistel's motivation for pursuing a career in higher education administration stems from her passion for education and the university experience. She has been part of the FIU community and the Department of Modern Languages since 2014.

Mercedes Rueda Schott, MBA

Mercedes Rueda Schott, MBA, Senior Program Coordinator


Phone: (305) 348-2851

Mercedes Rueda Schott has 25+ years of experience working in the field of higher education, specifically with online and graduate degree programs. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from Florida International University. She joined the Department of Modern Languages in Fall 2021.

Lauren Padron, B.A.

Lauren Padron, B.A., Office Administrative Assistant


Phone: (305) 348-2852

Lauren Padron has worked for the Department of Modern Languages since she was a student at Florida International University. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from FIU with a Bachelor's degree, and plans on obtaining a Master's degree in History.