add.a.lingua believes in collaboration in order to promote quality dual language immersion programs.
Stacey Vanden Bosch studied in Spain and Latin America during college, experiencing the benefits of immersion first-hand. She went to graduate school to research language acquisition and teach Spanish to college students.
After several years of working with older students, she changed her focus to young children and implemented a successful Spanish immersion program in a private school. Their small group of sixty students grew to three hundred in a few short years. Leading the implementation of a strong Spanish immersion strand within an existing school, gave Stacey the insight and experience to help other schools. Stacey founded add.a.lingua with Lilah because of a shared vision to make transformational change in the lives of students and families through education and languages.
Stacey Vanden Bosch
Lilah Ambrosi studied Spanish and bilingual education and began as a Spanish immersion Kindergarten teacher in a pioneer program within the Forest Hills Public School district (West Michigan). As the Spanish immersion program drew attention, her role shifted from achiever of excellence within the classroom to that of leader committed to excellence for the entire program.
After completing her M.Ed. in educational leadership, Lilah became the principal and grew the program to well over six hundred students. Lilah's role as administrator led her to collaborate with newer Spanish immersion programs, offering advice and support. She founded add.a.lingua with Stacey in order to impact education through dual language immersion because ALL students should have the opportunity to learn content in more one language.
Yan Chen is originally from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia in mainland China. He holds a M.Ed. in educational leadership from Calvin College and received World Language Pedagogy training and practicum through an intensive program called Startalk from Indiana University, Bloomington. While earning his M.Ed. he also served as a Teaching Assistant in college level Mandarin Chinese classes.
Yan Chen is involved in the development of the add.a.lingua K-2 Mandarin Curriculum frameworks. He's passionate about helping the students flourish through the Mandarin Immersion Program and is eager to see more students blessed through immersion education. He hopes to one day educate school leaders in China about the benefits of dual language immersion education and pedagogical methods surrounding literacy employed in U.S. educational systems.
dual language immersion educational specialist - Mandarin
Stephanie Irizarry holds undergraduate teacher certification in Spanish and Elementary Education, an M.Ed in Literacy Studies with emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and an additional M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with Certification in Dual language and Immersion Education. Her passion for curriculum and lesson design, combined with broad teaching experiences in dual language immersion programs and in English learner contexts provide her with deep insight into the needs of new and existing dual language immersion programs. Co-author of the publication Lending Student Voice to Latino ELL Migrant Children's Perspectives on Learning (2013), she knows that students increasingly take ownership of their education when their voices are honored and expectations are held high.
Stephanie is the proud mom of two boys and is thrilled that they'll know the joy of learning in high quality dual language immersion environments as they grow. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, travel, latin dancing, and reading in Spanish.
director of immersion academic and instructional allies
Chris Marlink has a passion for telling the story of dual language immersion education. Chris brings years of communications and marketing experience to the table to champion public policy that helps advance and sustain dual language immersion education.
You'll often find Chris blogging away on articles of interest to our partner schools, or live tweeting add.a.lingua events @cmarlink. Whether schools are experienced or completely new to dual langauge immersion education, Chris helps them navigate add.a.lingua's new partner pathway and effectively educate their community. A graduate of Hope College and student in the school of fatherhood x4, Chris has the expressed goal of becoming "increasingly less monolingual."
director of strategic impact
Sarah Vander Laan is a teacher at heart with diverse experiences teaching Spanish immersion K-5th grade. She holds undergraduate teaching certificates in Spanish Education (K-12), Elementary Education, and English as a Second Language (ESL). She also has a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Certificate in Dual Language & Immersion Education.
Sarah’s diverse teaching experiences have led her to value high quality curriculum, collaborative and reflective professional learning communities, and ongoing professional development. She is deeply committed to her belief that ALL students can learn - and that to accomplish this we as teachers must engage in a reflective and analytical cycle regarding our own instructional practices.
Sarah Vander Laan
curriculum design and professional learning specialist
Diane J. Tedick, Ph.D. serves as add.a.lingua academic advisory board president. She is a Professor in Second Languages and Cultures Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, as well as the coordinator for the Content-Based Language Teaching through Technology (CoBaLTT) Project and the faculty coordinator for Immersion Projects housed at CARLA.
The author or co-author of numerous books and studies in the field of dual language immersion education, Dr. Tedick continues to impact immersion educators and administrators from around the world as the Coordinator of Certificates in Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching and Dual Language and Immersion Education at the University of Minnesota.
Diane J. Tedick, Ph.D.
professor in second languages and cultures education, University of Minnesota
Tara Fortune, Ph.D. is a member of the add.a.lingua academic advisory board. She serves as immersion teaching specialist and immersion program director at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota.
An accomplished author and researcher, Dr. Fortune’s current research interests include immersion students’ oral language proficiency development and the struggling immersion learner. Her work, Struggling Learners and Language Immersion Education: Research-Based, Practitioner-Informed Responses to Educators’ Top Questions, remains a go-to resource for add.a.lingua as we work to communicate that ALL students can succeed in dual language immersion education.
Tara Fortune, Ph.D.
immersion teaching specialist and immersion program director at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
Mandy Menke, Ph.D. serves as a member of the add.a.lingua academic advisory board. She is a professor in the Spanish & Portuguese Studies department at the University of Minnesota. A contributor along with Dr. Fortune to Struggling Learners and Language Immersion Education: Research-Based, Practitioner-Informed Responses to Educators’ Top Questions.
Dr. Menke has helped organize CARLA’s summer institutes, and is a recipient of the Pew Teaching Excellence Award, with specialities including: Spanish second language acquisition, second language phonology, language immersion education, second language teaching.
Mandy Menke, Ph.D.
professor in the Spanish & Portuguese studies department, University of Minnesota
Iliana Vásquez-Ochoa is the principal of Holland Language Academy at Van Raalte, and a member of the add.a.lingua educational leadership board. Principal Ochoa was born in Traverse City, Michigan to parents from Mexico and Texas. She grew up in a bilingual home speaking Spanglish, and her family migrated every summer from Texas to work harvesting produce in Traverse City. Her family eventually put down roots in Holland, Michigan, where Iliana attended and graduated from Holland High School.
She went on to study at Grand Rapids Community College, earning an Associates Degree, and later transferred to Grand Valley State University (GVSU), where she earned a Bachelors of Art, and a Bachelors of Movement Science. She most recently earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administrative Certificate from GVSU.
Iliana firmly believes that the circumstances you’re born into shouldn’t dictate your chances for success, and that there is nothing more personally and professionally fulfilling than when the product of her work is a child’s academic and social growth.
principal, Holland Language Academy
Bill Van Dyk serves as a member of the add.a.lingua academic leadership board, and is a trailblazer in immersion and inclusive education. A school administrator at Zeeland Christian School (ZCS) for 29 years, Bill was instrumental in establishing add.a.lingua's first dual language immersion partner program at ZCS.
A proud grandfather of immersion students and a believer in the capacity for language to open new doors of opportunity and relationships, Bill continues to champion dual language immersion and works to help schools develop innovative solutions for secondary education. Bill loves a challenge is open to the next big thing.
Bill Van Dyk
administrator, challenge seeker
Dr. Brian Davis is the 12th superintendent of Holland Public Schools, and a member of the add.a.lingua academic leadership board. He is a first generation college graduate having earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University.
Dr. Davis earned his Master of Arts from Eastern Michigan University in K-12 School Counseling and worked as a middle school counselor and teacher. In 2000, Dr. Davis moved to Holland Public Schools and served as an elementary principal and assistant superintendent before being named Superintendent. Earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Research and Technology from Western Michigan University, Davis was named the 2011 Michigan State Superintendent of the Year by the Michigan Association of School Administrators.
Continuous school improvement is at the heart of his work, and Dr. Davis spends time increasing his knowledge and understanding around equity and social justice issues to increase his cultural competency, intellect and humility. Dr. Davis has overseen the growth of Holland Public School's two-way Spanish immersion program to form the district's first language magnet school, Holland Language Academy at Van Raalte.
superintendent, Holland Public Schools
Dr. Margo Gottlieb is the co-founder and Lead Developer for WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin - Madison and Director, Assessment and Evaluation, for the Illinois Resource Center. She has spearheaded the crafting of language development standards and has designed assessments, curricular frameworks, and instructional assessment systems for language learners. Starting her career as an inner city ESL and bilingual teacher in Chicago, she has since worked with thousands of educators to share in professional learning with states, school districts, publishers, governments, universities, and organizations. Dr. Gottlieb serves as a member of add.a.lingua's academic advisory board.
co-founder and lead developer for WIDA
Dr. Helena Curtain has varied experience as a foreign/second language educator and has taught at elementary school through university levels. She served as Foreign Language Curriculum Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools for many years and in that capacity coordinated and supervised K-12 foreign language and ESL programs. She served as associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and directed the Foreign Language and ESOL teacher preparation programs. She is the author of various articles dealing with language instruction and the co-author (with Carol Ann Dahlberg) of Languages and Children: Making the Match (4th Ed.) a well-known resource for language educators. Dr. Curtain also serves as a member of add.a.lingua's academic advisory board.
associate professor, emerita, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee