iFLT 2022 Cohort Team Coordinators

Bailey Justin Slocum

Justin Slocum Bailey

Justin is crazy about helping teachers and learners succeed with less stress and more joy. A veteran language and music teacher, he operates Indwelling Language, a treasure trove of resources and low-prep practices for joyful language education, while consulting for schools, districts, universities, publishers, and non-profits worldwide. Justin was raised in Vienna, Austria, but now lives in Michigan, where he thrives on finger-style guitar, jujutsu, and Detroit Tigers baseball.


Justin is also organizing all the social events for the week.

Erica Peplinski

Erica Burge

Erica Burge, an Ann Arbor Public School elementary Spanish teacher, has taught every grade from Kindergarten to 8th grade. She is in her 17th year in the classroom, and enjoys developing elementary Comprehensible Input curriculum; and exploring the connection between neuroscience and language acquisition.   In addition to presenting at Austin Community College, Central States ACTFL, MIWLA ,Express Fluency, Fluency Fast, Teacher’s Discovery, IFLT and in school districts across the country; Erica helps organize and presents at MittenCi and CiMidwest. Erica was also the MIWLA 2020 Teacher of the Year and enjoys helping develop elementary language curriculum.  Learn about her elementary approach to Comprehensible Input and access many resources by visiting her website.

Erica is also the Local Chair for the conference.

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Mira Canion

Mira Canion is a respected author of CI novels, photographer, storytelling Spanish teacher, and stand-up comedian. A frequent presenter at ACTFL and many other conferences, Mira is a dedicated board member of SWCOLT and past CCFLT president. She has won professional awards for Excellence in Teaching, Creativity, and Best-of Sessions. Mira has been bringing classrooms to life with her collection of puppets for over 20 years in Colorado and beyond.

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Laurie Clarcq

Laurie Clarcq has traveled the globe as a teacher and a trainer.  Her classrooms in the Finger Lakes region of NY, Roseville, CA, Baton Rouge, LA and now Austin, TX have always reflected her love for language, learning and laughter. Laurie has nearly 40 years of experience teaching Spanish and ESL, working with students from preschool through university, as well as adult education.

Laurie is the co-developer of Embedded Reading along with Michele Whaley.  She has worked closely with a cadre of presenters, trainers and coaches over the years, helping to innovate training and to support teachers. She has twice received the President’s Award by the New York State Foreign Language Teachers’ Association for her contributions to the profession.

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Leslie Davison

Leslie Davison has been teaching Spanish for almost 20 years. She is a Google Certified Innovator and National Board Certified World Language teacher with experience at both the high school and elementary levels. She shares her passion for language learning and technology by presenting at national and international conferences. She was recently awarded the World Language Teacher of Year for Colorado. Currently, she serves as K-12 Dual Language Coordinator and a best-practices coach for an elementary school. When not learning, Leslie can be found running or skiing in the mountains of Colorado or kitesurfing around the world.

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Gary DiBianca

Gary DiBianca is a Spanish teacher, presenter, world language consultant and coach, and AP reader. He has presented nationally and regionally on acquisition and brain-based strategies in the world language classroom, big picture planning and unit design, pre-AP vertical alignment and the 21st Century World Language Standards, the inclusion of topics of diversity in the curriculum, and teaching with comprehensible input and TPRS. It is his passion to work with teachers to hone their craft as educators and help them develop new ideas for student learning. Gary’s current projects include sharing his thoughts on his blog: My Mosaic of World Language Teaching and working as a consultant for the online, digital series Nuestra Historia and as a lead contributor to the digital text: Nuestra Historia AP: Aprender y Preparar.  Gary spent eleven years working as a teacher, chair, and director at an independent school, has taught Spanish at the university level, and is currently starting his eighth year at Orange High School, a public school in Northeast Ohio.

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Kelly Ferguson

Kelly is a National Board Certified Spanish teacher from Madison, WI. She has presented nationally and locally on input-focused teaching topics, and has coached at various CI-focused conferences and workshops. She also is a writer/contributor to Sr. Wooly’s materials and runs the active Facebook group “Woology”. When not teaching she is an avid soccer player and fan (Go Forward Madison!) and in the winter she curls (like in the Olympics, with the brooms).

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Diane Neubauer

Diane Neubauer 杜雁子 is a Mandarin Chinese teacher who has taught elementary, middle, & high school as well as elective & adult classes over the past 15 years, with 5 years primarily teaching online. In May 2022, she will finish her PhD in Foreign Language & ESL Education at the University of Iowa. She frequently presents on a variety of language teaching topics at conferences and is involved in research relevant to comprehension-based language teaching and learning. 

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Donna Tatum-Johns

Donna Tatum-Johns has been teaching French at all levels for 35 years. She has had extensive training in acquisition-driven approaches to language teaching and has been training teachers in CI-based strategies for 19 years. In addition to iFLT, Donna also presents at ACTFL, regional and state conferences. In her own classroom, one year after implementing CI strategies, 40% of Donna’s students placed in the state on the National French Contest and eight students placed in the nation. The following year, 100% of her students earned a 3 or higher on the AP exam. Donna’s success in her classroom is also evidenced by increased enrollment, sustained growth in her school’s French program, and her students’ continued success on the AP and the National French Contest.

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