Dr. Stephen Krashen

Dr. Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus of USC (University of Southern California) has published more than 300 papers as a linguistic researcher. He is most famously known for his Theory of SLA, which includes 5 hypotheses: Acquisition-Learning Hypothesis, the Input Hypothesis, Monitor Theory, the Affective Filter, and the Natural Order Hypothesis. Dr. Krashen is a strong proponent of bilingual education, and has written several papers on the topic. He believes that the mastery of second language greatly augments future cognitive development.

Dr. Bill VanPatten

Dr. Bill VanPatten is a Professor in Second Language Acquisition at Michigan State University. He specializes in second language acquisition, which he investigates on both theoretical and practical levels using techniques from psycholinguistics, applied linguistics, and cognitive psychology. VanPatten is the author of the textbook Destinos and a host of other texts and is known as the “Diva” of Second Language Acquisition.

Jim Wooldridge

Jim Wooldridge, a Spanish teacher in Evanston, IL for nine years, used to struggle to find compelling educational materials for his middle school Spanish students. who were drawn to funny, absurd and even scary stories with unexpected twists.  Wooldridge decided to write those stories himself, and in 2009, he released music videos for his songs ‘Billy la Bufanda’and ‘¿Puedo ir al baño?’.  Since then, he has created numerous well-known musical stories. His videos have been seen millions of times on YouTube, and his website SenorWooly.com has thousands of Spanish teacher subscribers from all over the world.nt.

Our Learning Lab Teachers for 2016

Annabelle Allen

Annabelle Allen teaches Spanish at St. Martins Episcopal School in LA. She taught for iFLT in 2016 and hit a home run with students and teacher-observers. She has a popular blog and was recently nominate for LA Teacher of the Year!

Grant Boulanger

Grant Boulanger is an innovative public educator living in St. Paul, MN. He holds a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College and an M.Ed. in Second Languages and Cultures Education from the University of MN. He has taught in and directed innovative programs since 1997. After having taught language immersion at Concordia Language Villages and directing Middlebury College’s first foray into secondary immersion programming, he discovered his joy: pioneering innovative, comprehension-based methods in novice classrooms where ALL students belong, acquire confidence and competence, and begin to see themselves as successful language learners.

Sabrina Janczak

Sabrina Janczak grew up in Paris France, where she received her Masters in Langues Etrangères Appliquées. In Chicago at National Louis University she obtained a Masters in Teaching. She had a small career as a stage actress before embarking on her teaching career. She now lives in Denver, Colorado where she currently teaches French in a public high school, as well as the University of Colorado. She coaches high school and university teachers in teaching with Comprehensible Input. She has presented at conferences. As a Teacher Leader for Denver Public School she has contributed in writing World Language Scope and Sequence, as well as DPS World Language Proficiency Examination documents.

Linda Li

Linda Li was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She is a master teacher and an author as well as an experienced TPRS trainer. Linda has presented at numerous national and international conferences and co-authored Beginning Mandarin Reader “Who is good looking” with Dr. Stephen Krashen. She is also the co-author of “I Love Learning Chinese” (Books 1, 2), containing TPRS teaching materials for beginning students. Linda has taught Mandarin to middle and high school students as well as adult learners for over 10 years. Her experience includes teaching at a number of international schools in China, Thailand and Saudi Arabia in addition to an urban school in Denver, Colorado. Linda is currently teaching Mandarin at American Embassy School, New Delhi, India.

Joseph Dziedzic

Joseph Dziedzic well experienced in presenting, mentoring, and researching best practices in CI , is currently teaching Spanish at a high school in Denver, CO. His passion and commitment to the CI methodology have led him to the development of CIteachers.com. He was awarded the “Jared Polis Teacher Recognition” and the “Mile High Teacher” for his commitment to world language education at the state and district level. Joe has presented on numerous occasions, for example, at the iFLT 2012 Conference and during a multitude of Denver Public Schools professional development workshops.

Our PRESENTERS for 2016

Carol Gaab

Carol Gaab has been providing teacher training in CI-based strategies for (inter)national schools and universities since 1996. A regular presenter at ACTFL, iFLT, NTPRS and many other state, regional and international conferences, Carol was also a presenter for the Bureau of Education and Research for 9 years. In addition to organizing and directing the Multi-cultural and iFLT Conferences, Carol has been teaching ESL and Spanish for various Major League Baseball clubs since 1990, most notably twenty years teaching for and directing the San Francisco Giant’s U.S. and Dominican Programs.  The President of TPRS Publishing, Inc. and the founder/president of Fluency Matters, Carol has authored and published numerous graded readers and curricula for novice to advanced students.s.

Jason Fritze

Jason Fritze is an experienced and gifted trainer, presenting at state, regional and national language conferences, in addition to conducting workshops/ inservices. Jason is a National Board Certified Teacher in WLOE and has taught middle and high school Spanish. He currently teaches intensive language classes (Spanish and French) to adults, as well as Spanish to elementary students in California.

Donna Tatum-Johns

Donna Tatum-Johns is a gifted French teacher with over 29 years of classroom experience. She specializes in TPRS and other comprehensible-input strategies and is credited with many valuable contributions to the method. Also a gifted presenter, Donna leads teacher-training workshops for various institutions across the country and serves as an editor/translator for various publishers.

Carrie Toth

Carrie Toth has been teaching all levels of Spanish since 1994. A National Board certified teacher in WLOE, Carrie serves as a mentor to National Board candidates and presents at various local, state, regional, and national language conferences. Her passion is helping teachers enhance cultural knowledge in the world language classroom using CI-based strategies and backward planning (through Understanding by Design).  Carrie is the 2012 recipient of the Horace Mann “Innovative Education Award,” the 2014 Teacher of Year for both the state of Illinois and the Central States Region, and a finalist for the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. In addition to Carrie’s achievements as a teacher and trainer, she is also an accomplished author, writing teacher’s guides, ancillary materials, and novels.

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.

Diana Noonan

Diana Noonan after 30 years of experience teaching French and Spanish in the Denver Public Schools, currently works as the coordinator of world languages in DPS and the Spanish for Heritage Speakers Program. She offers workshops and professional development in comprehensible input methods and strategies or TCI – Teaching with Comprehensible Input. In July 2010 and 2012, she co-directed iFLT (International Forum for Language Teaching). The 2012 Conference featured Learning Labs, a highly effective TCI training model.

Kristy Placido

Kristy Placido is an accomplished teacher, presenter and author. She has been teaching Spanish at all levels since 1997 and provides teacher training on a wide range of topics, including TPRS, reading strategies, classroom technology and assessment. Kristy has presented at ACTFL, iFLT, TPRS’s Multi-cultural Conference, NTPRS and numerous other state and regional conferences. In addition to being a regular presenter for TPRS Publishing, Inc., she is a popular author as well, having written numerous graded readers (novels), teacher’s guides, ancillary materials and curricula for all levels. Kristy holds a Masters degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University and is proud to be the co-founder of the more TPRS list.

Teri Wiechart

Teri Wiechart is retired from 35 years in the classroom. Since this time she has been working as a consultant to the Ohio Department of Ed., and consultant with schools working to implement new ways of teaching World Languages. She has been a TPRS/CI trainer and coach, and coaching trainer and coordinator since 2001, at the National TPRS Conference, 2007-2014; iFLT 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014; Agen, France CI Conference 2013-2015, and regional professional development in Ohio. She is currently the Immediate Past-President of the Ohio Foreign Language Association.

* Teri is also a Coach and Coordinator

Katya Paukova

Katya Paukova is a highly-sought TPRS presenter and editor. She has adapted/translated various TPRS materials to Russian and is a key presenter for NTPRS. A gifted teacher, Katya has taught Russian and French for middle/high schools, the United Nations, and the International Monetary Fund. Katya currently teaches Russian for the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA.

Karen Rowan

Karen Rowan has been teaching with TPRS since 1995. She is the author of the Paso a paso and Realidades TPRS books, as well as the Isabela series of novels. She has taught adults, children, middle school and high school students Spanish and English for 17 years and presents on TPRS and CI methods at school inservices, workshops and conferences nationally and internationally. In November she was named one of the top 25 Young Business Professionals in the state of Colorado for her work as the owner of Fluency Fast Language Classes. Formerly the director of the National TPRS Conference and the creator of TPRS Coaching, she brings a new concept, Guided Extreme Personalization for experienced teachers to this year’s iFLT.

Bryce Hedstrom

Bryce Hedstrom is a Spanish teacher and teacher trainer from Loveland, Colorado. He has taught Spanish for 22 years at all levels,  elementary through college. He has received the Best of Colorado award and the Award for Excellence in Teaching. Bryce has has trained both Spanish-speaking employees and managers at  Fortune 500 corporations as well as served as editor and translator of corporate training materials/operations manuals. He is a regular presenter at local, regional and national language conferences and has written scores of books, articles and lessons to train language teachers and to teach Spanish learners.


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