Rachel Gressel has served as the World Languages and Bilingual Department Chair for Evanston Township High School for the past five years. Prior to that, she taught high school Spanish for thirteen years at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. She is committed to professional development and to providing access to World Languages education for all students. She is working to bring the Seal of Biliteracy to her district, to align district curriculum, instruction, and assessments to language proficiency, and to maintaining the 8 languages offered in the district. In her role as NADSFL representative for CSCTFL, she is excited to see the conference move to Chicago and hopes to meet new members to best support them and enhance our organization.
Central States Conference (CSCTFL)
World Languages/Bilingual Department Chair
Evanston Township High School
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
Northeast Conference (NECTFL)
Stonington Public Schools
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 severed 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 and has also been the 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.
Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL)
Director, World Languages
Anchorage School District
5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, Alaska 99504-3135
Southern Conference (SCOLT)
Southwest Conference (SWCOLT)
World Languages Director
Dallas Independent School District
2909 N. Buckner Blvd. Ste 605 C
Dallas, TX 75228
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