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.
Kathryn Wolfkiel 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)
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
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