Dr. Frank Ruggiero is the district supervisor of world languages for grades 6-12 in the Edison Public Schools in New Jersey and was previously the K-12 supervisor of world languages & ESL in both the Livingston Public Schools and the Nutley Public Schools. In these roles, he implemented the Seal of Biliteracy and oversaw a comprehensive program review leading to a programmatic shift that included the design and implementation of integrated performance assessments. Under Frank’s leadership, the staff in his departments actively seek out professional development opportunities, and they also seek out opportunities to present their work with organizations such as NJEA, NJTESOL/NJBE, FLENJ, NECTFL, and ACTFL.
As a teacher, Frank taught French and Spanish in Edison for over 15 years and was an adjunct at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham campus in Madison, NJ. After graduating from Drew University, he worked in international business and in French translation before joining the teaching profession. He completed his MAT in French and his EdM and EdD in educational administration at Rutgers.
Throughout his career as a teacher and now supervisor, Frank has been active in several professional organizations. In New Jersey, he served FLENJ as president, treasurer, conference co-chair, and PD workshop coordinator. Now, as past president, he serves as the organization’s first advisory trustee to the board of directors. Frank is a member of the NECTFL Board of Directors where he has served on the awards, nominations, and local committees; and he served one term as a regional representative on the NADSFL advisory board.
Frank Ruggiero President Supervisor of World Languages – Gr. 6-12
Public Schools of Edison Township
312 Pierson Avenue | Edison, NJ 08837
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.
Vice President Director of World Languages and ELL
Adlai E Stevenson High School District 125
K-12 World Languages Curriculum Specialist
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Education Center – Suite 450-A
4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd. | 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
Tim Eagan is department head for Classical & Modern Languages for Wellesley Public Schools in Massachusetts, a small district just west of Boston. Prior to his position in Wellesley, he has taught French, Spanish, and sometimes Latin at both middle and high school levels. In 2017 he served as MaFLA president, and continues to hold an adjunct position on the MaFLA board of directors. He holds a B.A. in French and Spanish from Assumption College in Massachusetts and an M.A. in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he focused on studying content-based language instruction. He is a frequent presenter at MaFLA, NECTFL, and ACTFL.
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 Executive Secretary North East ISD
8961 Tesoro Drive, Suite 419
San Antonio, TX 78217
Kathryn Wolfkiel is the Department Chair for World Language and Multilingual Learners at Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois, a position she has held since 2014 and which also allows her to continue her favorite part of the day – teaching! She represents CSCTFL on the board and is currently serving as 1st Vice-President of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL). She has presented at a variety of conferences and is committed to providing the professional development that teachers need to allow their students to experience another language and culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages (French and German) from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois and both a MA and PhD from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has been teaching French since 1985 in a variety of contexts, including university and Kindergarten.
Central States Conference (CSCTFL) Department Chair for World Language and Multilingual Learners Barrington High School | Barrington, Illinois
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)
As a first-generation AfroLatina immigrant, Adriana Fletes has dedicated her life’s work to providing quality educational experiences for educators, students, families, and her community. She focuses on leadership through multilingual and multicultural engagement. Her strong faith, values, ethics, and dedication serve as motivating factors that lead her to pursue excellence in all of her personal and professional endeavors. She is an advocate for all students and strives to prepare educators to meet the ever changing needs of our adolescent and university level students.
She currently serves as the Director of Dual Language Immersion Implementation & Secondary Spanish for the International Leadership of Texas Charter School District, an Adjunct Professor at Texas Woman’s University, a chief content scoring leader for Educational Testing Services, Owner of iLingoLink Consulting Services, and serves on various educational and community boards.
Southwest Conference (SWCOLT) Director of Dual Language Implementation & Secondary Spanish
International Leadership of Texas Charter School District
Germán Suárez currently serves as the World Languages Department Supervisor at Cobb County Schools in Georgia where he supports language instruction for approximately 108,000 students and more than 200 teachers in traditional American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish programs; and Spanish bilingual programs.
Germán came to education through an alternative teaching pathway and is passionate about supporting other professionals in becoming language educators. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a MAT in TESOL, and an Ed. S in Leadership and has used his academic and professional background to support ESOL/Title III, Immigrant, Migrant, Translation and Interpretation, International Student Intake, digital curriculum development, and traditional and bilingual programs.
He actively collaborates with other local school districts, universities, and state and national organizations to promote and support global competency development for our students and to increase the collaboration between World Languages and other content areas.
Southern Conference (SCOLT) Supervisor of World Languages Cobb County Schools | Georgia
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.