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ACTFL Announces New Members of Board of Directors

CONTACT: Jessica Taylor
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 16, 2018) — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the newly elected and appointed members of the Board of Directors. We congratulate these members and look forward to seeing their dedication to the improvement and expansion of the teaching of all languages with ACTFL.  These members will begin their term on January 1, 2019.

Bridget Yaden:
Dr. Bridget Yaden is a Professor of Hispanic Studies, Director of the Language Resource Center, and Chair of Languages and Literatures at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where she has taught Spanish language and linguistics as well as World Language and ELL theories and methods courses for 22 years. She regularly supervises pre-service teachers and gives workshops for continuing teachers. Bridget has been involved in STARTALK summer programs for the last 10 years, providing professional development as well as paths to certification for teachers of critical languages.  She also teaches ELL and Bilingual Education endorsement courses. 

Rebecca K. Fox:
Rebecca K. Fox, Ph.D. is Professor of Education, and Division Director, Advanced Professional Teacher Development & International Education, in the College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. She is Professor in Charge of the Ph.D. in Education Specialization, Teaching and Teacher Education. Bilingual in French, she taught French for many years prior to her career in teacher education. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator on the GMU-UMT Collaboration for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Research, a three-year grant (2015-18) funded by the U.S.-Pakistan University Partnerships Program of the U.S.-Pakistan Academic Linkages, U.S. Department of State Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Islamabad.

Pablo Muirhead: Building bridges between cultures through language education inspire Pablo to grow daily. Raised bilingually, he was fortunate to spend his childhood in both the U.S. and Peru. Later, he went on to live in Indonesia and Germany where he gained proficiency in both the language and culture of his hosts. These formative experiences set him on course for a career as a language educator and continue to inform the work he does every day. Pablo first presented at ACTFL during his second year of teaching in 1997 and has been a frequent presenter over the years on topics ranging from SLA to critical pedagogy and more recently, cultural competence.

María Cristina Ladas:
Originally an elementary bilingual teacher, Cristina now coordinates the World Language & Immersion Programs in Cave Creek Unified School District (PK-12th) in a rural, suburban area of north Phoenix. Cristina helped shape CCUSD into a state leader with 83% of all students participating in robust Spanish/French/Chinese Immersion Programs, FLEX & FLES models, middle school daily core language classes through AP/IB levels at the high school. Prior to this work, Cristina co-authored over $4.2 million in federal grants to support language learning (OELA).

Katrina Griffin: Katrina Griffin is a nationally recognized leader and award-winning German teacher at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She has represented ACTFL on its most recent Lead with Languages Campaign, has served as an ACTFL Mentor and has written articles for The Language Educator. In 2017, Katrina was named the ACTFL Teacher of the Year. As a founding member of the STEM magnet program at her high school, she instituted an annual German STEM Immersion Day for students at local elementary, middle, and high schools in 2014.

Leslie Grahn for the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL):
Leslie Grahn is the former Coordinator of World Languages for the Howard County Public Schools in Maryland.  She has twenty-seven years of language teaching experience at the middle and high school levels.  She has been on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Foreign Language Association since 1997, serving as its President from 2002-2004 and 2010-2012.

About ACTFL:

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.


Friday, November 16, 2018