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. Inher position as K-12 World Languages Coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, she is responsible for 180+ teachers of nine world languages in 27secondary schools and an expandingDual 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, Student Assessment, Issues and Answers in Education, 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 Immediate Past President of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL), Immediate Past President of the Virginia Organization of World Language Supervisors (VOWLS), and member of the Virginia Biliteracy Seal Steering Committee. Previous posts include Director of the AllianceFrançaise Concours deFrançais, Secretary of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA), Secretary of the AllianceFrançaise, 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.
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 210.407.0287
Mara Cobe Vice President
World Languages Specialist
4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd., Ste. 450-A
Charlotte, NC 28217
Kim has spent her entire career as an educator in Richardson, Texas. She taught English and French at the Jr. High and High School levels for 24 years, and then became the Director of Languages Other Than English for the district. Kim’s professional affiliations include the Texas Foreign Language Association, the Texas Association for Language Supervisors, Metroplex Foreign Language Supervisors, ACTFL, and NADSFL. NADSFL has been a lifeline of support and professional development during Kim’s 11-year tenure as LOTE Director. After 39 years in Richardson ISD, she retired in June, 2018.
Kim is married to Mark Malcolm, also a life-time educator. They are very proud of their children, son Major Robert Malcolm, USMC, daughter-in-law Vanessa, granddaughter Cora, daughter Rev. Hailey Malcolm, and soon-to-be son-in-law David York. Mark and Kim enjoy an active life of professional activities and community service in Richardson.
Kim looks forward to serving the amazing educators of NADSFL as Executive Secretary.
Kim Malcolm Executive Secretary
Retired, World Languages Specialist
Lea Graner Kennedy has served as the Humanities and World Language Coordinator, French and Spanish Teacher and Curriculum Writer for Stonington Public Schools in CT over the past 15 years. Lea has also worked with various districts in a consultant role teaching professional development and has presented at state, regional, and national conferences each year. She has a passion for teacher training and collaborating with dynamic language teachers to design and teach authentic, proficiency-based curriculum in alignment with ACTFL Standards. In her role as NADSFL representative for NECTFL she will continue to do professional development and serve on a panel for webinars offered to all NECTFL members. She is very excited to see the NECTFL Conference move to Boston and hopes to see new members join in the learning to move our practices forward and improve language education for students.
Lea Graner Kennedy Secretary
French and Spanish Teacher Stonington High School 1760 S. Broad Street Pawcatuck, CT 06379 860.599.5781
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 Street
Franklin, TN 37604
The newly elected NADSFL Executive Board 2018-2020