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.
Supervisor of World Languages – Gr. 6-12
Public Schools of Edison Township
312 Pierson Avenue | Edison, NJ
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.
Director of World Languages and ELL
Adlai E Stevenson High School District 125
Mara S. Cobe is the World Languages Specialist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where she supervises World Language programs in seven languages for a school district with over 147,000 students and approximately 250 World Language teachers. These programs include FLEX, immersion (in five languages), heritage, traditional, AP, and IB courses. During her 27+ years in public education, she worked in rural Illinois, Fairfax County, VA and Loudoun County, VA, before coming to Charlotte, NC in November 2001. In addition to years of curriculum and supervision, she has taught French in grades 6-12, and Spanish in grades K-12. Her personal classroom experiences have extended beyond traditional secondary World Language instruction to include FLEX and immersion transition courses. She has also worked closely with Queens University of Charlotte to support seven successful STARTALK student summer programs. Ms. Cobe has served on the board of FLANC, and was named as a FLANC Honorary Life Member in 2014. She often presents at FLANC, SCOLT, ACTFL and many other regional, state and local workshops. In addition, she served as a team leader for the writing of the North Carolina World Languages Essential Standards, is a North Carolina LinguaFolio trainer, and has served as a member of the North Carolina World Languages Collaborative Team (formerly Proficiency 101 and 201) since 2011. Ms. Cobe also served as a member of the ACTFL Task Force on Interculturality.
Mara S. Cobe
Immediate Past President
K-12 World Languages Curriculum Specialist
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Education Center – Suite 450-A
4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd. | Charlotte, NC 28217
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.
North East ISD
8961 Tesoro Drive, Suite 419
San Antonio, TX 78217
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.
K-12 World Language Curriculum Specialist
Williamson County Schools
1320 West Main Street
Franklin, TN 37604