Meet Our Coaches

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Teri Wiechart

Teri Wiechart, Coaching Coordinator
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken: French
Teaching Situation:  retired after 35 years teaching High School French in Delphos, OH; 17 years teaching/training/coaching new CI teachers
Years teaching with CI:  18
Why I like being a coach. . . .It is a way to support teachers as they transition to a new way of teaching and a new professional life; and by extension, helping more students acquire languages.  Coaching is a way to help flatten the steep learning curve

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Michelle Kindt

Michelle Kindt,  Assistant Coaching Coordinator
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken: French
Teaching Situation:  French – levels 1-AP, Hershey High School
Years teaching with CI: 13
Why I like being a coach. . . .One of the most rewarding jobs is being a teacher.  Being a coach of teachers is even more powerful!  I love coaching WL teachers, helping them to reflect on their practice and improve their skills which in turn impacts language acquisition and proficiency.  There is nothing better than the smile of satisfaction on a teacher’s face when he or she overcomes a barrier and feels successful.

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Lori Belinsky McLaughlin

Lori Belinsky McLaughlin
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  French
Teaching Situation:  Garnet Valley Middle School, Glenn Mills, PA
Years teaching with CI:  6
Why I like being a coach. . . .Teaching with Comprehensible Input is a journey and I feel lucky to have been supported by this wonderful community. As a coach I have the opportunity to “pay-it-forward” and support others on their CI adventure!

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Skip Crosby

Skip Crosby
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish
Teaching Situation:  Poland Regional High School, Poland Maine – Grades 9-12, levels 1,2,4    Years teaching with CI:  12
Why I like being a coach. . . .Too many reasons to mention!  An important one, however,  is that it gives me an opportunity to pay it forward.  Coaching has played a crucial role in my development as a CI teacher.  From the years at national conferences that I just sat and watched teachers practice under the “direction” of a coach, to all of the coaches that invested in me by patiently and expectantly encouraging me and focusing on what I did well.  I truly believe that a teacher cannot fully realize their best “CI self” without effective coaching.  It is an honor for me to have a role in the coaching of others.

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Gary DiBianca

Gary DiBianca
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish
Teaching Situation:  High School, Spanish, Orange High School
Years teaching with CI: 10 years
Why I like being a coach. . . .I like being a coach because learning to teach with comprehensible input is a process and I love being able to work with teachers step-by-step in order to hone their skills.  During a coaching session, we all learn from each other and grow.

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Kelly Ferguson

Kelly Ferguson
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish (teach), American Sign Language (also “spoken”)
Teaching Situation:  Levels Spanish 1-AP Spanish Literature, La Follette High School
Years teaching with CI: 18
Why I like being a coach. . . .I love helping people begin their journey of discovering the magic CI has brought to my classroom.  I love the opportunity that coaching provides to support other teachers in finding or refining their CI style, and to share with other teachers the enjoyment that CI teaching has brought into my classes.

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Robert Harrell

Robert Harrell
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  German (Spanish, French)
Teaching Situation:  German 1 through AP, 13/14-18/19, grades 9-12, Pacifica High School (Garden Grove)
Years teaching with CI: ±15
Why I like being a coach. . . .I thoroughly enjoy seeing teachers gain confidence in their skills, get excited about what they are able to do, and become eager to hone those skills. Coaching gives me the opportunity to encourage and guide teachers who may lack confidence or who simply want to become better at what they do. Being a Coach also helps me improve my own teaching practice, and I always learn something from the practitioners with whom I work. In addition, the camaraderie from working with other teachers toward a common goal is amazing. As is so often the case, I feel like I receive more from coaching than I give.

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Drew Hiben

Andrew Hiben
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish and German
Teaching Situation:  Spanish 1-4, High School, Rancho Cucamonga High School
Years teaching with CI: 11
Why I like being a coach. . . .Teaching with comprehensible input has changed me, my classroom, our department, our school, and our district. Theory is powerful, but unless we can develop and implement strategies to teach in a truly communicative manner, we would be back where we started. Working with teachers to discover their natural abilities impacts thousands of their students and their relationship with world languages, cultures, and our global citizens. As we practice and grow together, each of us reinforces the skills that we utilize to connect with the great humans in our classrooms.

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Cindy Hitz

Cynthia Hitz
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish
Teaching Situation:  Sp2, 4 & 4+, High school, Palmyra High School
Years teaching with CI: 8
Why I like being a coach. . . .Coaching is a privilege in which I can work with dedicated teachers that are committed to improving their teaching skills for the benefit of their students. That desire to grow. in their profession is contagious and exciting!

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Janet Holzer

Janet Holzer
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  German/French
Teaching Situation:  retired from Eastwood Middle School, 11-14 year olds, French level 1
Years teaching with CI:  15 full out, with some years of dabbling
Why I like being a coach. . . .I absolutely love helping people recognize and develop their strengths.

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Nelly Hughes

Nelly Hughes
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken: Spanish
Teaching Situation: Benjamin Logan HS / Spanish 2-5 / Sophomores to seniors
Years teaching with CI:  11
Why I like being a coach. . . .because I have the opportunity to provide teachers the unique opportunity to practice their skills in a safe, supportive, and friendly environment from which they walk away feeling empowered to give comprehensible input to their students.

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Leslie Kronemeyer

Leslie Kronemeyer
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish
Teaching Situation:  Mainland Regional High School, Linwood, NJ Spanish Grades 9-12 Various levels
Years teaching with CI: 4
Why I like being a coach. . . .I enjoy supporting other teachers on their journey through teaching with CI.  The best part is that my own teaching style continues to develop as I work with more and more teachers through coaching.

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Cécile Lainé

Cécile Lainé
Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Taught: French Spoken: English, Spanish, and German    Teaching Situation:K-8
Years teaching with CI:  9
Why I like being a coach. . . .I love growing alongside my colleagues, learning from each other, and helping new CI teachers start their journey!

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Lark McCarthy

Lark McCarthy

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish

Teaching Situation:  Spanish 1 and 2 at Rio Rancho High School

Years teaching with CI:  12

Why I like being a coach. . . .To help mentor the next generation of teachers who will be using CI.

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Becky Moulton

Becky Moulton

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish

Teaching Situation:  High School Spanish. I currently teach levels 1, 2, and 4/5 at Northwest High School in Jackson, Michigan.

Years teaching with CI:  18

Why I like being a coach. . . .I love being able to support and encourage teachers on their CI growth path so they can return to their classrooms more confident and reenergized to use those newly acquired (or refreshed) skills and techniques. Being in the coaching rooms is so positive and inspiring for both teachers and the coaches!

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Diane Neubauer

Diane Neubauer

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Mandarin Chinese, little bit of French and Thai besides English

Teaching Situation:  I have taught elementary through high school mainly, and am now teaching adults.

Years teaching with CI:  7

Why I like being a coach. . . .Coaching is a way for teachers to put ideas into practice and make them their own. Coaching can boost teachers into new levels of their practice, so that back in their classrooms they have confidence working with their students. I enjoy getting to be part of that experience for others. I also enjoy getting to hear many languages while coaching!

Diane will also be presenting sessions of specific interest to Chinese teachers and teaching.

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Erica Peplinski

Erica Peplinski

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish

Teaching Situation:  I currently teach Spanish to pre-k through 3rd grade students at Harvest Elementary School.

Years teaching with CI:  Going into my 5th year using CI and my 13th year in the classroom.

Why I like being a coach. . . .Transitioning from being a legacy teacher to a CI (comprehensible input) is quite a leap and can be a lot of work; however it was the best decision of my teaching career and has transformed the way I teach. I love helping others enter the CI world and/or improve their skills and grow in confidence with this exciting method of teaching.

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Betsy Paskvan

Betsy Paskvan

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Japanese

Teaching Situation:  Dimond

Years teaching with CI:  10

Why I like being a coach. . . .I love coaching because I know that the joy of supporting others as I have been supported is a reciprocal gift:)

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Darcy Pippins

Darcy Pippins

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish

Teaching Situation:  AP Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish IV, Spanish III, 9-12th grade, Norman High School in Norman, OK

Years teaching with CI:  15

Why I like being a coach. . . . My absolute favorite thing about being a language teacher is collaborating and networking with my colleagues. There are so many different ways to do what we do! Coaching gives me the opportunity to expand my network and help others improve their practice while simultaneously improving mine.

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Bernard Rizzotto

Bernard Rizzotto

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  French & Spanish

Teaching Situation:  High School – French 1 to AP – Spanish 1&2

Years teaching with CI:  12

Why I like being a coach. . . . This is a unique opportunity for me to grow as a language teacher and as a person. It enables me to share and to observe great teaching strategies and I love being with such an extraordinary team.

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Clarice Swaney

Clarice Swaney

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish (Frenchish and English)

Teaching Situation:  High school, 9-12 Spanish 3 through Honors Spanish 4 (Sp. 5)

Years teaching with CI: 9

Why I like being a coach. . . .It gives me joy to be able to help others grow their skills, gain confidence in their abilities and encourage them to take their first steps or their thousandth.  The coaches helped me when I was starting out and  I love being able to inspire others in this incredible community.

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Carla Tarini

Carla Tarini

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  French, Italian

Teaching Situation:  6th grade beginning French in Winnetka, IL

Years teaching with CI:  6

Why I like being a coach. . . .Ah… coaching. Coaching is a way to thank all the outstanding CI teachers and presenters on whose shoulders I stand. Coaching is way to give teachers who are new to this approach the extra leg up they need and deserve as they climb onto the CI train. And coaching is way to stay grounded myself in the fundamentals of teaching with CI/TPRS. I like being a coach because I enjoy the camaraderie created in the coaching room: we build trust, we take risks, we appreciate each others’ strengths, we grow, we smile. My goal as a coach is to have each teacher return to his or her classroom confident and excited to teach.

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Michele Whaley

Michele Whaley

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Russian

Teaching Situation:  High school, preschool, and adults, beginning and intermediate

Years teaching with CI:  18 (to varying degrees)

Why I like being a coach. . . .I love helping people get the idea of what teaching with CI really means. I love it when teachers understand  they can be the powerful means of support for students’ truly acquiring another language.  I especially love  coaching because if people are willing to be coached, they will go on and spread the word to more teachers.

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Dustin Williamson

Dustin Williamson

Language/s Taught and/or Spoken:  Spanish and French

Teaching Situation:  High School

Years teaching with CI:  11

Why I like being a coach. . . .No matter your role in a coaching session (the teacher, student, observer), it is a powerful way to reflect about your own teaching.  Being a coach has made me become a better and more effective CI teacher and it has allowed me to expand my professional learning network.  I get to join other colleagues on their journey as a CI teacher, collaborate and share.  It has been a great professional experience and I am excited to continue the journey!