FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Howie Berman
703.894.2900 ext. 106
ACTFL is pleased to announce that Dr. Celia Chomón Zamora has been named Director of Professional Learning and Certification at ACTFL, effective July 1, 2021.
With more than 15 years serving the language education community, Dr. Zamora has been a K-12 language teacher and administrator in public and private school settings, a postsecondary language program instructor and assistant director, and researcher. Most recently, she has been serving as ACTFL’s Senior Manager of Quality Assurance and Certifications since 2019. The daughter of first-generation immigrants from Venezuela and Cuba, Dr. Zamora is a passionate advocate of heritage language learners.
Dr. Zamora completed her doctoral degree in Spanish Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University, where she was awarded the Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award in the social sciences. She attended West Point, is a proud graduate from Florida International University, and has studied various languages, including Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, and Ladino.
Paul Sandrock, current Interim Director of Professional Learning and Certification, and former Director of Education and Past President of ACTFL, will become Senior Advisor, Language Learning Initiatives, on July 1. In this role, Mr. Sandrock will focus on special projects in support of ACTFL’s mission.
“I’m excited to welcome Dr. Celia Zamora to the post of Director of Professional Learning and Certification and to the Leadership team at ACTFL. Her combination of professional experience and personal story will serve as tremendous assets to language educators, our learners, and the profession”, said Howie Berman, ACTFL Executive Director. “I am also grateful that we will continue to benefit from Paul Sandrock’s tremendous breadth and depth of knowledge and skill as he transitions into a new advisor role.”