Everyone involved with the podcast is a volunteer, from the producer to the episode contributors to the listeners who tweet, email, and post their reactions, comments, and questions. Dozens of language teachers have contributed to the podcast as a guest or interviewer, and you can find a list of all of them by episode or alphabetically by last name!
The first volunteer is the producer and host of We Teach Languages, Stacey Margarita Johnson. In that role, Stacey conducts most of the interviews, does editing, production, and communications as well.
In her “real” job, Stacey is Assistant Director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and holds appointments as Senior Lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Affiliated Faculty in the Center for Second Language Studies, and Adjunct Faculty in Peabody College’s Master’s program in English Language Learners. Stacey teaches courses in foreign language teaching methods, second language acquisition, and education. Her research includes work on classroom practices, hybrid/blended instruction, and adult language learning including transformative learning and critical pedagogy. Stacey is the founding chair of the ACTFL Critical and Social Justice Approaches special interest group (SIG). You can check out her 2015 book Adult Learning in the Language Classroom (Multilingual Matters) here and a recent co-authored article on social justice in language education here.
Maris Hawkins is our News & Updates Coordinator. In that roles, she curates feedback from listeners on social media and keeps up with our past guests’ accomplishments so that we can publish them on our Facebook page or in the Midweek News & Updates that comes out every Wednesday. Maris is responsible for much of the content in the Midweek News & Updates Issues and on our Facebook page.
Maris is an Upper School Spanish teacher at Bullis School in Maryland. She has a BA in Spanish and art history and a MT in Teaching Foreign Language from the University of Virginia. She is interested in proficiency based foreign language teaching, and has taught Spanish at all levels from elementary school through high school. She has presented at VAIS Technology conference and has talked about arts integration in the classroom through the Kennedy’s Center VSA program. In addition, she has presented about technology tools to use in a proficiency based foreign language classroom at NECTFL and GWATFL. Maris is not just a podcast volunteer, she is also a past guest. Check out episode 31 or her Twitter feed to hear more about Maris’ classroom!
The newest volunteer on the WTL team is Carolyn Siegel! Carolyn is our Resources Developer and will be putting together episode guides, professional development materials, and blog posts to help teachers get the most out of the podcast.
Carolyn was formerly a Spanish teacher at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx and most recently the World Languages Department Chair at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA. She is currently on sabbatical but remains active in the foreign language-teaching world. Carolyn earned a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from Columbia University, a MA in Spanish from Middlebury College and a MA in Hispanic Studies from Brown University. She is particularly passionate about content-based curriculum, proficiency based instruction and curriculum that supports heritage speakers.
Janina Hanson is a regular contributor to the podcast. In her role, she identifies quotable moments from the episode to share on social media. We’re so excited to have her on board!
Janina is a Middle School Spanish teacher at Latin School of Chicago. She was born and raised in Lima, Peru and came to the United States as part of a teaching exchange program to further her education and professional development. Janina earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a M.A in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Chicago. She holds an endorsement in ESL and Bilingual Education and is currently starting a new role as a Middle School language department chair at Latin.