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.
Debbie Callihan-Dingle Immediate Past President North East ISD
8961 Tesoro Drive, Suite 419
San Antonio, TX 78217
Brandon Locke is Director of World Languages and Immersion Programs for the Anchorage School District, Anchorage, Alaska. He provides leadership and professional development for ASD’s 160 world language teachers, including K-12 language immersion programs in Chinese, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. He was recently awarded a significant federal grant to launch the ASD’s first indigenous language immersion program – Yup’ik, one of Alaska’s native languages. 2020 marks Locke’s 21st year with both ASD as well as Concordia Language Villages (of Bemidji, MN) where he currently leads a 2-week graduate course each summer on second language and immersion methodologies as part of their M.Ed. in World Language Instruction. He has a long history of service to the profession, serving two terms as president of AFLA (Alaskans for Language Acquisition) (1998-2002), president of PNCFL (Pacific Northwest Council for Languages) (2002-2003), and another term in 2020. He is currently vice-chair of ACTFL’s Immersion SIG, and represents Alaska with NCSSFL, in the absence of a state supervisor. He also sits on the CIEE advisory board.
He has served on a variety of ACTFL committees including the 2018 TOY Selection Committee. He is a frequent presenter at state, national and international conferences and has also published several articles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in French and secondary education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He earned his master’s degree in second languages and cultures education and language immersion education from the University of Minnesota. He holds a second master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Alaska. He is a doctoral candidate in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University. He has been involved with various national grants, such as the STARTALK program, where he has worked as a consultant, program director, and site visitor. Prior to his current position with ASD he was an elementary principal and prior to that, a French teacher.
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
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) Director of World Languages and ELL
Adlai E Stevenson High School District 125
Zoe Jiang is the World Language Lead in the Issaquah School District in Washington, where she also serves as a member of the Educator of Color group. Zoe has a passion for assisting other educators with their professional development. She is an officer of the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) and received the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. As an active presenter at national, state, and regional conferences, she received the 2019 Best Presentation Award from the Chinese Language Teachers Association-USA (CLTA). Zoe is also the 2021-2024 board member of CLTA.
In addition, Zoe’s global perspective and professional background have led her to advocate for world language education and cross-curricular connections to local school districts, city councils, senators, representatives, Washington Governor Inslee, and all the way to Washington D.C.. She and her colleagues have successfully united the community through radio interviews, cultural events, and annual language competitions that they organize.
Zoe Jiang Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL)
Deep in the Heart of Texas (actually, North of Houston), Diana Fernández Sullivan is the Languages Other Than English Programs Manager for the Spring Independent School District. Spring ISD serves approximately 34,000 students with a diverse student population, and her program serves approximately 7,000 students. With a strong Spanish for Spanish-Speakers program, and high numbers for the National Spanish Honor Society have resulted in strong AP scores. Prior to her time in Spring ISD, she served as the World Languages Curriculum and Program Coordinator in Klein ISD.
She is actively involved with a number of organizations such as American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Houston Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages (HATFL)- 2nd Vice President, Texas Association of Language Supervisors (TALS)- member, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)- member, Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA)- Conference Steering Committee member (twice), and now, NADSFL. She has presented throughout the State of Texas for a variety of organizations in regard to technology integration and language acquisition and is known in the “Twitterverse” as @sullydatechie.
She holds a BA in Spanish and a Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership. She was awarded campus Teacher of the Year twice and was awarded the Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL) Elizabeth Brand Teacher of Excellence Award. She was selected by TALS to be part of the Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) Cohort 3 by ACTFL.
Born to immigrant parents, she has a strong position in equitable education for all students and understands the difficult journey students have when their feet are planted in two (or more) cultures. She is a member of Latinos for Education, as well as the Texas Council of Women School Executives, and is thrilled to be part of an organization that supports equitable education for all students through the training and support for the supervisors of language programs in the US.
Leslie Grahn has twenty-seven years of language teaching experience at the middle and high school levels and twelve years of experience at the central office level, most recently as Coordinator of World Languages for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. Leslie has been a course instructor on foreign language teaching methods and differentiated instruction and is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, specializing in best practices. She curates and creates resources to support language teaching and learning and shares them through her website (www.grahnforlang.com) and on Pinterest (grahnforlang). She has experience in teacher and leadership development and leads training on instructional coaching, mentoring, leadership, and communication skills. Leslie is the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and serves on the boards of NECTFL, NADSFL and ACTFL.
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.