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 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 served 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. In addition, he has served as 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.
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 Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL)
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.