With a background as an attorney, Jen joined the field of education mid-career, teaching world languages at all levels K-12 from Spanish FLES to I.B. French. In her position as K-12 World Languages Coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, she is responsible for 160+ teachers of nine world languages in 27 secondary schools and an expanding Dual Language One-Way Spanish program in three elementary schools and one middle school. Jen serves as Program Director of a Summer STARTALK Academy providing immersive instruction in Mandarin Chinese and Russian to fifth and sixth grade students. As adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Jen teaches School Law, Professionalism, and Foreign Language Methodologies in the Career Switcher Program, where she first got her start in education. Jen is a passionate advocate for world language and culture learning, currently serving the profession as President of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL), Immediate Past President of the Virginia Foreign Language Supervisor’s Association (VFLSA), and member of the Virginia Biliteracy Seal Steering Committee. Previous posts include Director of the Alliance Française Concours de Français, Secretary of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA), Secretary of the Alliance Française, Chapitre de Grasse, Steering Committee of the Virginia Foreign Language Standards of Learning Technical Assistance Document Development, and member of the TELL Project Advisory Board. Jen is one of the authors of NADSFL’s Principles of Effective World Language Programs, and regularly presents at the state, regional, and national levels on a variety of topics ranging from proficiency-based grading to integrating technology in the world language classroom.
Jennifer Carson Immediate Past President Curriculum Coordinator
Dr. Debbie Callihan-Dingle is currently Assistant Director for World Languages and Federal Programs in North East ISD in San Antonio. During her tenure years as director, she has revamped professional development, transitioned teachers to a proficiency-based classroom approach, and led the program through a curriculum and assessment revision. Prior to assuming this role, she was a French teacher for 16 years at MacArthur H. S. in the same district. As a teacher, she received a National Endowment for the Humanities scholarship to study in Paris as well as a French Embassy short-stay grant to participate in a summer program in Paris. Debbie has also served as president and treasurer of the Junior League of San Antonio, treasurer of her local Delta Kappa Gamma chapter, and as president of the Texas Association of Language Supervisors.
President North East ISD
8961 Tesoro Drive, Suite 419
San Antonio, TX 78217
Mara Cobe Vice-President
World Languages Specialist
4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd., Ste. 450-A
Charlotte, NC 28217
Christi Gilliland has served as Williamson County School’s World Language Curriculum Specialist since 2012. She was honored to represent NADSFL as an ACTFL Leadership Initiative for Learning Languages (LILL) fellow in 2015. The monthly NADSFL Café webinar sessions materialized as a direct result of her work with LILL. These sessions bring together experts in the field of World Language education to help district supervisors across the country learn more about current best practices. Christi is committed to helping teachers grow professionally in order to create better language learning experiences for students. She strongly believes that any PD should reach the students’ desks. Currently, she is working hard to help her district transition to proficiency-based instruction and curriculum. After serving two years as the NADSFL representative for the SCOLT region, she has been elected as Treasurer and looks forward to continuing to serve NADSFL in her new role.
Christi Gilliland Treasurer K-12 World Language Curriculum Specialist Williamson County Schools 1320 West Main Suite 202 Franklin, TN 37064 615.472.4127
Lea Graner Kennedy Secretary French and Spanish Teacher Stonington High School 1760 S. Broad Street Pawcatuck, CT 06379 860.599.5781
Kim Malcolm Executive Secretary
Retired, World Languages Specialist
Richardson ISD (TX)
Justin Fisk has served for five years as the Director of World Languages and ELL at Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 in Lake County, Illinois, for the past four years, where his role is to support close to 40 teachers and paraprofessionals. In addition to a robust ELL program serving a student population with close to 60 home languages, his district has Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish programs. D125 has been a leader in Illinois’ implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy, with nearly 20% of graduates earning this distinction over the past few years. Justin has taught both Spanish and German at a number of schools in the Chicago area and in Montgomery County, Maryland. Professional development, team-driven instructional innovation, and the creation and implementation of programming that drives all students toward success are some of his professional interests.
Central States Conference (CSCTFL) World Languages/Bilingual
Evanston Township High School
Paris Granville, the K-12 World Language curriculum leader for the Bellevue, Washington School District. In addition to teaching all grade levels, she edited Learning Languages, the refereed journal of the National Network for Early Language Learning. She is the former Washington State Supervisor for World Language and International Education. She is a graduate of the Danforth Educational Leadership Program and holds an M.A. in French Literature. She has authored three thematic units for teachers of Spanish and French, Unos animalitos astutos, Mitos del mundo azteca, Au café. The Iowa World Language Teacher of the year in 1995, she was filmed by WBGH Boston for the ACTFL standards project in 2005. She runs the World Language competency testing program for the Bellevue School district. Last school year, she was proud to award the Seal of Biliteracy to 1834 amazing students in Bellevue. She currently collaborating with teachers to bridge Second Language Acquisition to the realities of the K-12 classroom.
Paris Granville Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL) K-12 World Language Developer
Bellevue School District
12111 NE 1st Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
Born and raised in France, Marie Douglass started teaching French in Plano ISD in 1997. In 2005, she moved to Round Rock, TX (North of Austin) where she taught French and Spanish and was a World Language Department Chair. In 2015, she became Round Rock ISD World Language Coordinator. She served as Texas Foreign Language Association (TFLA) President in 2017-18 and is currently the TFLA Past President.
Southwest Conference (SWCOLT) K-12 World Languages Coordinator
Round Rock ISD
1311 Round Rock Ave.
Round Rock, TX 78681
Linsky taught French in Georgia public schools for 20 years before becoming the World Languages Specialist for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. He has been active in FLAG, SCOLT, and NADSFL. He holds a Doctorate in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University.
Southern Conference (SCOLT) World Language Specialist Savannah-Chatham County Public School System 208 Bull Street, Room 219 Savannah, GA 31401 912.395.1610
Dr. Frank Ruggiero is the K-12 coordinator of world languages & ESL in the Nutley Public Schools in New Jersey where he supports, evaluates, and oversees Italian, Latin, and Spanish teachers; ESL teachers; and 3rd and 5th grade classroom teachers in other subject areas. In this role, he has implemented the Seal of Biliteracy in the district and overseen a comprehensive program review leading to curricular revisions and to the design and implementation of integrated performance assessments. Prior to becoming a department supervisor, he was a world languages teacher in the Edison Public Schools in New Jersey where he taught French and Spanish for over 15 years, and he was an adjunct at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham campus in Madison, NJ. After studying both French and Spanish at Drew University, he worked in international business and in French translation before joining the teaching profession and completing his MAT in French. He holds his EdM and EdD degrees in educational administration and supervision from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His dissertation research focused on how middle school interdisciplinary teaming affected members of a school community whose approach to teaming included core subject teachers but excluded world language and all other related arts teachers. Dr. Ruggiero has attended the annual NECTFL conference since he was a senior at Drew, while he was a classroom teacher, and as a department supervisor. He currently serves as the president of FLENJ (Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey) and has also served as treasurer, co-chair of the 2016 annual conference, and coordinator of the 16-17, 17-18, and 18-19 professional development workshop series.
Frank Ruggiero Northeast Conference (NECTFL) World Languages & ESL Coordinator Nutley Public Schools 300 Franklin Avenue Nutley, NJ 07110 973.661.8823
Brandon Locke is Director of World Languages for the Anchorage School District in Anchorage, Alaska. Prior to this, he was an elementary school principal and also taught French at both the middle school and high school levels. In his current position, he oversees the K-12 world language programs in the Anchorage School District, including four K-12 immersion programs (Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, dual language Spanish/English), a K-8 German charter school, several FLES programs (including Yup’ik), as well as the traditional secondary programs in eight different languages, including ASL and Latin. He served two terms as president of AFLA, Alaskans for Language Acquisition (formerly the Alaska Foreign Language Association), and one term as president of PNCFL, the Pacific Northwest Council for Languages, ACTFL’s northwest affiliate organization. He consults on language immersion and effective strategies in world language classrooms and content-based instruction and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska. For the past 19 years Brandon has also been associated with Concordia Language Villages. He served as Dean of Lac du Bois, the French Language Village, for six years and is currently the Dean of Teacher Seminars where he leads professional development courses each summer. In addition, he has served as Program Director for multiple STARTALK teacher programs since 2008. Brandon remains professionally active at the local, state, national, and international levels, presenting at conferences, publishing articles, and serving on committees and boards, such as the Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was recently appointed as a commissioner with the Anchorage Sister Cities Commission. Brandon also serves as Alaska’s delegate to NCSSFL, National Council of State Supervisors for Languages and NNELL, National Network for Early Language Learning.
Brandon Locke Networking Chair
Director, World Languages
Anchorage School District
5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, Alaska 99504-3135
A former teacher of Spanish, Ryan Smith is currently the Career & Technical Education Coordinator, World Languages Program Coordinator and AVID District Director for the Washoe County School District, located in the Reno/Lake Tahoe region of Northern Nevada. Ryan is also the current President of PLAN (Professional Language Association of Nevada), Nevada’s 2015 World Languages Teacher of the Year, and most recently NADSFL (National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages) 2018 Supervisor of the Year.
Ryan advocated for the Seal of Biliteracy in his state, led the statewide implementation of the Seal, and served on the committee to rewrite the Nevada Academic Content Standards for World Languages. Ryan is extremely involved in world languages on a local, regional, and national level. He is the NCSSFL representative for Nevada, an active member of NADSFL, ACTFL, and SWCOLT, and was a member of the first cohort of LILL (Leadership Initiative for Language Learning).
Nominations Chair World Languages Supervisor
Washoe County School District
380 Edison Way
Reno, NV 89205