iFLT 2021 Room Facilitators

Browne Kelsey

Kelsey Browne

I’m Kelsey Browne, a Spanish Teacher at Connersville High School in Connersville, Indiana. This is my ninth year teaching and my third time getting to attend the IFLT conference. I love my job and my students, and I’m always striving to learn more and do better. I am so proud to be a part of the IFLT team and so excited for July, this is by far my favorite and most-recommended conference for language teachers. I can’t wait to see you there!

Grugan Olivia

Olivia Grugan

Hello! My name is Olivia Grugan. I am a Virtual Learning Specialist in Pennsylvania. I have taught Spanish, German and Arabic (as well as Social Studies!) but I currently work supporting other World Language teachers as they develop their craft in virtual spaces. 

 

Let’s talk about: Middlebury College, parenting a child with vision loss, teaching in Zoom, Canvas LMS, Palestine, University of Pittsburgh, raising bilingual children, heritage speakers, rural education, classic CI strategies in virtual spaces, Guatemala, curriculum designed for growth in proficiency, American Sign Language, historical fiction, principal certification, culturally responsive pedagogy, braille, farmers markets, or whatever gets you up in the morning. 

Hensel Riana

Riana Hensel

Hello! This will be my second year attending iFLT by Zoom, maybe someday in person! I am entering my 16th year teaching and my 6th year teaching Spanish at the Elementary School I attended as a child. I have tremendous freedom in my curriculum and fell in love with the Acquisition Driven Instruction approach. Every summer I look forward to learning new tips and tricks so I enter the school year feeling prepared and excited. 

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Rose Mosquera

Hi everyone!  I am Rose Mosquera.  I live in Greensboro, NC.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to give back to the team who has changed my life as a teacher.

Pennington Sara

Sara Pennington

Sara Pennington has been teaching Spanish in Tennessee for 10 years. She has her MAT in Secondary Education from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. Before she pursued teaching, Sara was a journalism student and worked for a brief time as a journalist at a local newspaper. She loves applying the skills she learned in journalism to her classroom, especially page design. Her favorite class activities are Calendar/Weather Talk and clip chats. Sara also loves helping her students make up crazy characters for class stories. When she’s not teaching, she loves photography, baking and cooking, sewing, and playing Minecraft on the family server. In addition to teaching Spanish, Sara loves linguistics and learning languages on her own. She would love to have (novice-level) conversations with you in French or Dutch to help her practice!

Porter Elizabeth

Elizabeth Porter

Elizabeth Porter is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s in French and Applied Linguistics (ELL). Elizabeth also holds a French Degree in called a DEUG Français Langue Étrangère (FLE) from the Université de Caen in Normandy, France. 

Elizabeth began her career teaching elementary and middle school English in Normandy France, then returned to the United States in 2002 where she taught for three years at the French Immersion School of Washington. Elizabeth then taught high school French and was a World Languages Curriculum Specialist in Washington State and Iowa. She has over 20 years of experience working in education. She opened Bon Voyage World Languages Academy in 2016, a non-profit online language school with the mission of fostering open minds and compassionate hearts through linguistic and global education. 

Elizabeth is the author of “Pathways to Language Fluency: Changing How We Think About Language in the United States,” and “The Performance Based Solution.” She writes a Performance-Based Learning curriculum for World Languages, Social Studies, and English Language Arts that integrates Global Citizenship Education, Social Justice, and Culturally Responsive Practices. Elizabeth also writes a blog focusing on best practices in education to foster a more equitable and empathic world. Elizabeth is a dynamic teacher who is passionate about language, education, and how our brains are naturally wired for learning. 

Elizabeth has a passion for travel and connecting with other humans around the world.  She travels around the world and facilitates educational travel experiences for others that connect humans to each other.  Elizabeth believes in choice in education, she is a homeschool mom to her older son Daniel, and “Worldschools” both her children. 

Stokes Bowden Estelle

Estelle Stokes-Bowden

Ubuntu, iFLT22! My name is Estelle Stokes Bowden, and I am so excited to be back in person with everyone. I have been teaching Spanish for the past 17 years, but honestly, I don’t feel like I was truly teaching after a life-changing experience at iFLT19 in Tampa, Florida. Comprehensible Input has fundamentally changed me for the better as an educator. I am so excited for this opportunity to continue to learn as a cohort member, to support presenters and coaches, and present as well. 

Thornton Aamina

Aamina Thornton

Hi my name is Aamina Thornton. I am a middle school Spanish teacher in PA. This is my first time attending this conference and I am super excited. Our Middle school Spanish program uses CI methods, however our HS program is not on board yet. I am looking for ways to blend the 2 styles. I love teaching and giving my students something to think about. I also coach middle school field hockey, basketball and High School lacrosse. I am looking forward to this conference.

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