iFLT 2022 Team Members/Coaches

Belinsky Lori

Lori Belinsky

Lori Belinsky McLaughlin is a middle school French teacher from just outside of Philadelphia. She’s driven by the idea that all students are able to and deserve to acquire a second (third, forth…) language! She has presented locally/nationally and is a founding member of TRIstate TCI, the teacher support group from the Philadelphia region which now has over a 1,000 members on Facebook. Her M.A is in Transformative Education and Social Change. She loves sharing the joys of teaching with CI and looks forward to supporting you on your CI journey. When not teaching she coaches Track & Field and specializes in pole vault.

Cardenas Elicia

Elicia Cárdenas

Elicia Cárdenas is a former middle school Spanish teacher with extensive experience teaching a variety of levels, ages, and subjects. Her experience includes working with preservice teachers at Westminster College and as a teaching assistant for MIT Teaching Systems Lab.  Although she was trained as an elementary teacher, she shifted her focus to understanding  second language acquisition and its application to classroom instruction in a world language classroom. She presents regularly at national, regional, and state conferences and is proud to be a member of the IFLT coaching staff. Her areas of expertise include assessment with an equity lens and working to make sure all students are successful at acquiring another language. She is the Director of Training for The Comprehensible Classroom, and is the founder of the Deskless Classroom.

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JJ Epperson

JJ Epperson is a Spanish Teacher in southern Indiana and blogger at SenoraJotaJota.blogspot.com where she shares both successes and misses. She fell in love with CI at a weekend TPRS training. JJ presents regularly at IFLTA, Central States, CI Midwest, IFLT and hosts monthly PLC’s, sharing her passion for music, travel, culture, and all things CI with other language teachers in the region. She holds a BA in Spanish, an MA in Second Language Acquisition, and too many graduate certificates.

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Robert Harrell

After 23 years of growing and maintaining a thriving German program at a public high school, Robert Harrell moved to CSU Long Beach, where teaches the World Languages Curriculum and Methods course and mentors Student Teachers.  He is a director for COACH Foreign Language Project and presents at conferences such as CLTA, SWCOLT, and ACTFL. Since 2019, Robert has led the coaching program for the Agen, France, Workshop and will return in 2022. Robert writes books and other materials for language instruction, available through his website (www.compellinginput.net). Combining his interests in history, language, and creative pursuits, Robert also writes historical time-travel fiction for a general young adult audience.

Hayles Bess

Bess Hayles

Bess Hayles is a French teacher who has been teaching in the Kansas City area for the last sixteen years, almost all of those using Acquisition Driven Instruction methods. She has presented nationally, adapted novels to French, and written non-fiction texts for Teacher’s Discovery. In her spare time, she tries to parent her five kiddos, bartends at a local brewery, and roasts movies for a live audience. 

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Carol Hill

My name is Carol Hill. I have been teaching French levels 1-4 for twenty-five years. I became involved with coaching in 2013 when I realized how many CI teachers had been of immense help to me along my CI path. It truly does take a village. I have been part of coaching teams at iFLT, NTPRS and the conference in Agen, France. I have participated in the Trainer Prep Workshop offered by Anny Ewing of Altamira and Kirstin Plante of TPRS Academy. As a founding member of the Facebook group Tri State  TCI, a support/training group for CI teachers, I have helped facilitate workshops to teach others how to effectively use CI in their classrooms and to train other teachers to themselves coach others. Through this work,  I am more convinced than ever of the need for peer support that lasts throughout the school year. Conferences are great inspirations but the coaching helps answer the question, “Now what?”  Coaching continues to evolve. It gets better and better every year. I will be looking forward to seeing you at iFLT 2022.

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Janet Holzer

Retiring after almost 40 years of teaching middle school French and German in Indiana, Janet Holzer is passionate about sharing her experience with her colleagues.  Janet discovered classic TPR around 1980 and has been exploring ways to facilitate comprehensible input ever since. She is a frequent presenter at IFLTA and since her retirement has been very active in coaching, presenting and mentoring.  Janet has often been recognized for her teaching and professional activities, most recently with the inaugural William Hatfield Distinguished World Language Career award from the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.

Hughes Nelly

Nelly Hughes

Nelly Andrade-Hughes is an outstanding Spanish teacher, presenter, and author. She has been teaching Spanish at all levels since 2006. She has presented on CI activities and strategies at the local, state and national level. Nelly is a sought after proofreader and creator of many educational materials. She also has authored several Comprehension- BasedTM readers, including Selena, Minerva, Mujeres extraordinarias, Hombres extraordinarios, and Viaje sin retorno. Nelly has co-authored several teacher’s guides and culturally-based units. She is passionate about bringing the culture of Spanish speaking countries into her classroom and creating a lifelong love of language in her students. She is an advisor of the Spanish Club and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica at her school and seeks many opportunities to engage the students of Ohio in her beautiful native language and culture.

Langley William

Bill Langley

Bill Langley is a Spanish teacher at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been doing ADI since his first year teaching, and is specifically interested in research supporting classroom instruction. Bill has presented at state, regional, and national language teaching conferences on ADI, and currently is serving as the Chair of the Comprehension-Based Communicative Language Teaching Special Interest Group of ACTFL. Along with Janet Holzer and Christy Lade, Bill has helped organize the monthly professional development group, Indiana TCI.

Litten Allison

Allison Litten

Allison Litten2019 VFLA Teacher of the Year, currently teaches French at the Marion Cross School in Norwich, VT. She enjoys working with multiple age groups (this year it was PreK-grade 6!) and loves her students, playing with stuffies, and encouraging her students to take risks. She blogs about her ideas at cicanteach.com. When she travels, Allison searches for vegan restaurants and interesting running routes. At home, she spends time playing with her cat Isadora, training for obstacle course races, and watching stand-up comedy.

Metcalfe Michelle

Michelle Metcalfe

Michelle Metcalfe is a passionate TPRS/CI language teacher and Department Head who teaches Spanish 9 to 12 IB at West Vancouver Secondary School in West Vancouver, BC, Canada  Michelle has been using TPRS and CI based strategies as her exclusive teaching methodology at all levels including advanced IB classes since 2011.  She is committed to the development of intercultural understanding through the acquisition of another language and her classes are characterized by comprehensible, rich and vibrant cultural stories and explorations.  She is a well-known TPRS/CI  Presenter and Trainer not only in her own school district of West Vancouver, but at the provincial and national level as well.  Michelle has worked as part of the Coaching Team at several NTPRS Conferences and co-hosted the first NTPRS Canada Conference in Vancouver during the summer of 2019. 

Michelle has also worked extensively in the area of Curriculum Development and Assessment with the BC Ministry of Education in many different capacities.  Most recently she was one of the writers of the new BC Core French Curriculum which, through her advocacy, was written with a strong CI focus.

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Anne Marie Mitchell

After attending a 2008 TPRS workshop in Atlanta, GA, Anne Marie Mitchell began to implement  CI strategies in her Kindergarten through 8th grade Spanish classroom at Berry College Elementary and Middle School, a laboratory school a part of Berry College. In 2014, she began blogging, consulting, presenting and creating teaching materials for using CI strategies in the elementary classroom under the name “Mrs. Spanish” (a name her kindergarten class calls her until they can get used to “Señora”). She is committed to never stop learning about language acquisition and helping those eager to improve their students’ proficiency through research-based teaching strategies. She lives in Rome, GA with her 3 sons and wonderful husband.

Moulton Becky

Becky Moulton

Rebecca (Becky) Moulton loves being a Cohort Leader and IFLT Coach. She has taught Spanish since 1995 at NWHS in Jackson, MI. Becky started teaching with CI when she and her colleague attended a TPRS workshop in 1998. With the intention of sharing her knowledge and experience, Becky has presented at several conferences including IFLT, CiMidwest, and MittenCi. She is passionate about reading, stories that involve her students, and integrating music and culture into lessons.

Nesbitt Sherry

Sherry Nesbitt

Sherry Nesbitt has been a Spanish teacher at Hershey Middle School in Hershey, PA since 1994. Her teaching was completely transformed after a TPRS workshop in 2003. Her passions include: Using Acquisition-Driven Instruction, particularly with Novices; integrating technology into instruction; and helping fellow educators reach their full potential. She was named a Keystone Technology Innovator, is an Apple Certified Educator, a Nearpod Certified Educator, and a Quizlet Ambassador. In addition, she serves as the World Language Department Coordinator. Outside of school, Sherry enjoys spending time with her family and her 2 Labrador Retrievers Porter and Pilsner, visiting craft breweries, and raising awareness for early detection of Soft Tissue Sarcoma.

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Darcy Pippins

Darcy Pippins teaches Spanish in Norman OK, and is Nationally Board Certified with a Masters in Education. She was SWCOLT TOY and ACTFL TOY Finalist in 2016. She started an Elementary Spanish Program, that won the ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative Award. She started teaching using CI in 2003 and her students have had great success on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam without explicit grammar instruction. She advocates for quality sequential language programs and couldn’t teach without her PLC.

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Andrea Schweitzer

Andrea Schweitzer is a middle school Spanish teacher and the LOTE department chair at St. Rita Catholic School in Dallas, TX.  This is her 18th year teaching. She discovered TPRS and acquisition-driven instruction after her fourth year of frustratingly unsuccessful textbook teaching and hasn’t looked back since!  Andrea is a language conference and PD junkie.  She loves being surrounded by highly-motivated and highly-effective language teachers that inspire and challenge her to grow.  She has presented at various conferences and workshops both locally and nationally.  She is currently serving as the Secretary of the ACTFL CCLT (Comprehension-Based Communicative Language Teaching) SIG (Special Interest Group).  Additionally, she coordinates a PLC for language teachers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to network and spread the love of CI and acquisition-driven instruction: the TCI DFW PLC.  She’s thrilled to be joining this year’s iFLT Coaching Team!

Swaney Clarice

Clarice Swaney

Clarice Swaney has over 34 years of experience teaching Spanish in the Roseville Joint Union High School District in northern California, and is a long time practitioner of teaching with comprehensible input and TPRS.  As she grew in her understanding of acquisition driven instruction, she gained confidence to continue taking risks, try new activities, and challenging herself as well as her students. As the founding teacher of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Spanish courses at her high school, she successfully taught with CI during her nine years as the main instructor in the program.  Clarice presents at national, state and regional conferences, coaches colleagues in her area.

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Keith Toda

Keith Toda has been teaching Latin for over 20 years and currently serves as a teacher and new department head at Parkview High School in Lilburn, GA. A self-professed recovering grammar-translation teacher, Keith has been implementing CI/ADI in the Latin classroom since 2013 and regularly writes about his experiences on his blog Toda-lly Comprehensible Latin. He is always looking for new, innovative ways to implement technology for the delivery of Comprehensible Input and of higher-level, critical thinking. Keith enjoys long walks on the beach at night.

Whaley Michele

Michele Whaley

Michele Whaley has been offering Russian to students from middle school through adults for more than 30 years. She shares her passion for language learning at conferences, workshops, and limited social media platforms. She was twice the World Language Teacher of Year for Alaska, was the 2016 Pacific Northwest ToY, and was a finalist for the 2017 ACTFL ToY. Currently, she teaches Russian for Central Oregon Community College and fifth- through eighth- grade Spanish at an independent private school in Anchorage. When not teaching, Michele skis, works on her Spanish and Chinese, rows, skates, or hikes with her husband and sled dog. Her eclectic family includes a musician, an actress, and an outdoor educator.

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Dustin Williamson

Dustin Williamson is a French and Spanish high school language acquisition facilitator and has been teaching for 18 years.  He uses comprehensible input strategies and methodologies at all levels.  He has presented on a variety of topics at local and national conferences and has been a language peer coach.  He is also a professional photographer, a master level certified USA track and field official, a certified US Cross Country Ski Technical Delegate, a Nordic Ski Coach, and an avid traveler.

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Amy Wopat

Amy Wopat is a high school Spanish teacher of 20 years having taught levels 1 through AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature.  She is also a teacher trainer and a CI coach.  Amy has dedicated most of her career to public schools in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. however she has also taught university courses in Ecuador and Mexico.  Amy is a Fulbright teacher award recipient and a DCPS World Languages teacher of the year.   She has presented internationally, nationally, and locally, including at ACTFL and IFLT.

Amy’s transformation to CI-based instruction began in 2008.  She continues to be inspired by the infinite creativity and passion of the CI community.  Through CI, she has been able to develop curriculum that explores the diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures with an emphasis on social justice. Amy is also an AP exam reader and is trained in mindfulness in education through Mindful Schools.

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