Since its launch in fall 2015, the Certificate in Language Teaching with Technology has offered 35 professional development courses to over 200 language educators. Below are some of our former and current certificate students sharing their motivation for entering the program and their experience as certificate students.

Mark Abalos

Mark Abalos

Certificate Graduate, ESL Instructor in the Philippines
Mark is the President and CEO of Global Elite Lingua Franca, an ESL school located in Makati City, Philippines. The school offers private lessons, courses, and workshops to ESL learners from the Philippines and abroad. Mark found out about the certificate from the program director whom he met at the FLEAT 6 conference at Harvard University. Mark was one of five students who enrolled in the first course offered in...
Alandra Giron

Alandra Giron

Certificate Graduate, Assistant Professor of Spanish in Virginia
Alandra has been teaching for 11 years. She is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Chair of World Languages, Philosophy, and Humanities at Thomas Nelson Community College in Virginia. She completed the certificate in the summer of 2018 and is looking for opportunities to share her knowledge and expertise with other world language educators through PD activities. "I learned about the program via a mass email when it was just beginning...
Rosalynn Lucas

Rosalynn Lucas

Certificate Graduate, Spanish Teacher in Virginia
Rosalynn Lucas has been teaching Spanish at the middle school level in Virginia for eleven years. She is a Level 1 and Level 2 Google Certified Educator who loves using technology in the classroom and has presented at several educational technology conferences. She found out about the certificate program via a web search. She also had a chance to discuss the program with a certificate graduate, Heidi Trude, whom she...
Megan MacNicol

Megan MacNicol

Certificate Graduate, Spanish Teacher in Pennsylvania
Megan has been teaching Spanish at Hershey High School (PA) for 12 years. She studied Spanish in high school and majored in International Business and Spanish in college. She then entered the Teach for America program and taught for two years in North Carolina before becoming a Spanish teacher in her hometown. She owes her love for the Spanish language and culture to her high school Spanish teacher and now...
Kristin Marena

Kristin Marena

Certificate Graduate, Spanish Teacher in Pennsylvania
Kristin has been teaching Spanish for 13 years at Ringgold high school (PA). She always loved foreign languages and after taking Spanish courses in college, she decided to declare a major in education. Before becoming a Spanish teacher, Kristin lived in Spain and Guatemala. She heard about the certificate through an ad on Facebook and quickly enrolled in her first course. "My favorite course was the Emerging Technology Tools course...
Debbie McCorkle

Debbie McCorkle

Certificate Student, French Teacher in Ohio
Debbie McCorkle teaches French at a small high school in Southern Ohio. She is a 30-year veteran teacher. She found out about the certificate program through a Facebook ad and decided to give it a try. She is currently finishing her second certificate course: “I was not tech at all, the techiest thing I was doing before was doing online research and using Quizlet. The courses I took taught me...
Nicolas Pares

Nicolas Parés

Certificate Graduate, Instructional Designer in Colorado
After working for 6 years as an ESL instructor and educational consultant, Nicolas Parés recently accepted a full-time instructional designer position at the University of Denver. He completed the graduate certificate in Spring 2017. “I decided to pursue the certificate to get hands-on experience with educational technology. I looked at other programs but a lot of them were out-of-state, in-person Master's. The certificate was more of a short-term flexible option...
Margot Riemer

Margot Riemer

Certificate Graduate, Spanish Teacher in Germany
Margot taught for 24 years in California when she decided to move to Germany with her family to have an experience living abroad. She now teaches Spanish in a bilingual school in Berlin. She started taking certificate courses because she wanted to maintain ties to the language communities while transitioning to her new life in Europe. “Just being in the certificate program gave me a list of ideas of things...
Bhavya Singh

Bhavya Singh

Certificate Graduate and Hindi Teacher in California
Bhavya Singh has been teaching Hindi in California since 2008. She teaches in the SUSD Stanford Joint STEP summer program (CA) and serves as a technology specialist in STARTALK NYU’s Arabic/ Hindi/ Urdu Summer Institute. She completed the certificate in summer 2019 and is now pursuing a Master’s in Language Education. She is particularly interested in researching educational uses of AR/VR. She recently completed a pilot project in which her...
Maria Slusarek

Maria Slusarek

Certificate Graduate, Spanish Instructor in Wisconsin
Maria has been teaching Spanish for 6 years, 5 of which at the high school level. She recently switched over to teaching both at the elementary school level and the college level. She is an adjunct at Western Technical College and Lakeland University and she is a member of her district's technology integration team called Apple Core, where she helps teach teachers how to use technology in their classrooms. She...
Cécile Tirel

Cecile Tirel

Certificate Student, French Lecturer in Colorado
Cecile is a French Lecturer at the University of Denver. She received her PhD in French Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017. She took a certificate course to supplement the pedagogical training she received as a teaching assistant at CU. “I decided to take a certificate course because I was teaching French courses online at the time but I did not have any formal training to teach...
Heidi trude

Heidi Trude

Certificate Graduate, French Teacher in Virginia
Heidi has been teaching French for 10 years in Virginia. She is a Google Certified Educator at Level 1 and 2 and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She is also the 2017 Virginia Foreign Language Teacher of the Year and the 2018 SCOLT Language Teacher of the Year. “I consider myself to be quite proficient in technology and technology integration as a result of my Google certifications, and I...