Coaching Team Members  – IFLT 2021

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Skip Crosby

Skip Crosby  MS, BSED, BS

Skip Crosby has been teaching Spanish in Maine public high schools for 29  years. Skip gained proficiency in the Spanish language during a two year stay in Colombia after college.   In 1998 he earned a Masters Degree in Spanish from MIddlebury College in Vermont. He has taught as an adjunct at the college level for nine years.   In 2014 Skip was named Maine Foreign Language Teacher of the year, Northeast Conference on the teaching of Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Finalist,  Androscoggin County Teacher of the year and in 2015 was the Maine Teacher of the Year, Finalist. Skip earned National Board Certification (NBCT) in 2018. For the past six years Skip has taken groups of students to Guatemala City to work with Safe Passage, an organization dedicated to helping the families working in the Guatemala City dump with education, food and medical care.  Skip lives in Poland, Maine with Beth, his wife of 28 years, his 19-year old son, Gabe, and Lexi, the 9.25 pound Mini Dachshund.

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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 has an MA in Second Language Acquisition.

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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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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 he is the World Languages Curriculum and Methods course instructor and a Student Teacher Supervisor.  He is a director for COACH Foreign Language Project and presents at conferences such as CLTA, SWCOLT, and ACTFL. In 2019, Robert led the coaching program for the Agen, France, Workshop and will return in 2020. Robert writes books and other materials for language instruction, available through Fluency Matters or 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.

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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 Trainer Prep Workshop offered by Anny Ewing of Altimira 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 m 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 2020.
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Janet Holzer

Retiring after almost 40 years of teaching middle school French and German in Indiana, Janet 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.

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Nelly Hughes

Nelly 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 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.

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Leslie Kronemeyer

Leslie graduated from Albright College in 1998 with a BA in Spanish and teaching certifications in Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Spanish K-12. She has taught students from Pre-K through 12th as a Spanish language teacher.  In 2003, she completed her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Capella University. Leslie is honored to have been recognized as the 2020 Atlantic County, NJ Teacher of the Year and Mainland Regional’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.  

In June, Leslie completed a certificate in Applied Educational Neuroscience from Butler University. Prior to the pandemic, Leslie became an advocate for including social and emotional support in her teaching. With the events of the recent year, Leslie has continued to look for ways to integrate brain aligned strategies ad activities into her lessons, both virtually and in person.  

 Her experience as an elementary teacher had taught her that as humans we want to learn, and she wanted to ignite that natural desire in her high school language classroom. Leslie’s greatest contribution to her students is that she brought back the joy of learning and created a culture of success in her classroom. Leslie strives for her classroom to be a place that reaches all students and wants to enable her students to leave her classroom with true and useful proficiency in Spanish, rather than a list of memorized vocabulary and grammar rules 

Regionally, Leslie in part of the planning team of TriState Teaching with Comprehensible Input (TCI). Leslie has organized, with the help and support of her department, a South Jersey Cohort of this PLC. Leslie has also worked with a team of six other teachers to offer training and coaching to districts and schools in the TRI-State area.  

In addition, Leslie has presented at several conferences including NECTFL, Central States, and ACTFL. This summer is her fifth summer at the International Forum of Language Teacher’s conference. (IFLT). Leslie has taken groups of students to Costa Rica where they lived with host families and completed a service project in the small community on San Gerardo de Rivas.  

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Allison Litten

Allison, 2019 VFLA Teacher of the Year, currently teaches French at the Marion Cross School in Norwich, VT. She enjoys working with multiple age groups 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 enjoys playing with her dog Boo, training for obstacle course races, and watching stand-up comedy.

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Lori Belinsky McLaughlin

Lori 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.
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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.

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Sherry Nesbitt

Sherry Nesbitt has been a Spanish teacher at Hershey Middle School in Hershey, PA since 1994. Her teaching was totally transformed after a TPRS workshop in 2003. Her passions include using Acquisition-Driven instruction at all proficiency levels, 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.

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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 14 years. She currently teaches online part-time while working on 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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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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Bernard Rizzotto

I am a French native and I have been teaching high school for 18 years in Utah. I was lucky enough to discover early in my career that there was a method to teach languages that was not only showing amazing results, but was also keeping me sane, laughing everyday in class, and always more passionate. Along the way, I was also fortunate to meet inspiring mentors who stirred me into becoming a coach myself, and I have been part of this beautiful iFLT team for several years now. I can’t wait to meet you!

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R. Clarice Swaney

Clarice Swaney has over 33 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, as well as organizes, coaches and presents at monthly training and support sessions, and  is a founding member of the  Comprehensible California Conference.

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Keith Toda

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

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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 by presenting at conferences and workshops, and hanging out on social media teacher groups. She was twice the World Language Teacher of Year for Alaska, the 2016 Pacific Northwest ToY, and a finalist for the 2017 ACTFL ToY. Currently, she teaches Russian 102 and 202 at University of Alaska and kindergarten through fifth-grade Spanish in an independent private school in Anchorage. When not teaching, Michele plays in a Baroque ensemble or works on her Spanish. She prefers to be rowing, Nordic skating, skiing or hiking 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 17 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

*Also a presenter.

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