Leslie Baldwin Immediate Past President Foreign Language Program Specialist
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools
(336) 727.2868 x34250
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.
President Coordinator, K-12 World Languages
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
2512 George Mason Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Mara Cobe Executive Secretary
World Languages Specialist
4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28217
Justin Fisk has served 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 Department Chair
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) Director, World Languages
Anchorage School District
5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, Alaska 99504-3135
Southwest Conference (SWCOLT) World Languages Director
Dallas Independent School District
2909 N. Buckner Blvd. Ste 605 C
Dallas, TX 75228
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. In her role as the NADSFL representative for the SCOLT region, she looks forward to advancing the message of proficiency throughout the South.
Southern Conference (SCOLT) K-12 World Language Curriculum Specialist Williamson County Schools 1320 West Main Suite 202 Franklin, TN 37064 (615) 472.4127