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Work experience

Sep 1990Present

Foreign Language Department Chair

Edmonds School District

I currently teach French and Spanish at Alderwood Middle School in the Edmonds School District.  I have served as the foreign language department chair since 1990.

Sep 1985Jun 1990

Language Arts Department Chair

Guam Public Schools

I taught English and reading at Untalan Middle School in Barrigada, Guam as well as serving as the language arts department chairperson and Reading is Fundamental coordinator.


Nov 2006Aug 2008

Master of Education

Lesley University

I received my Master of Education degree in Literacy from Lesley University.

Sep 1978May 1983

BA Education

Central Washington University

French was my major and Spanish was my minor at Central Washington University where I also received my teaching credentials.


I am interested in blogging, travel, and study abroad experiences to improve my language skills and knowledge of other cultures. I would like to use these skills to more actively contribute to the world language profession.

I would like to transition from the classroom to coaching world language teachers, and focus on writing books, articles and blogging.


I was a participant in the Western Initiative for Language Leadership (2008 cohort). My action research project included the impact of independent reading and websurfing on second language acquisition. My summary of the results was published in Lingo, the newsletter to the Pacific Northwest Council of Foreign Languages.

I have been  a board member of the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) for several years and I am currently president elect.

I have presented workshops at several WAFLT conferences. (Wenatchee 2007, Vancouver 2008, Idaho 2009, Ellensburg 2012, Vancouver 2012, Yakima 2013, Pasco 2014,  Wenatchee 2015, CWU 2016 ) .

I have presented workshops for the world language teachers of the Edmonds, Everett, and the Spokane School Districts. I have provided professional development opportunities in reading strategies at Alderwood Middle School.

I presented to the STARTALK teachers on TPEP, the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Project at the University of Washington in July of 2013, 2014,  2015, and September 17th, 2016.

My presentation was chosen as "Best of the Pacific Northwest" by the PNCFL to represent the Pacific Northwest at ACTFL 2012.  I also presented at ACTFL in 1996 and again in Orlando in 2014.

I received the Inspirational Leadership award from the Washington Association for Language Teachers for 2013.  I received the Creative Innovator award from WAFLT in 2014.

I was the Keynote Speaker for the Idaho Association of Teachers of Language and Culture annual conference in Oct. 2013 and the  Washington Association of Japanese Teachers and the Montana World Language teachers in 2015.


Brian Stewart

Principal Alderwood Middle School

Bridget Yaden

Pacific Lutheran University

Lauren Kiolet

Executive Director Washington Association for Language Teachers