Modern language specialists

Modern language specialists

Find a modern language specialist in your area.

Just as we’re unique as a publisher, each one of our reps has something special to offer. Their enthusiasm comes from personal experiences, from their own world language education, travels across different cultures, or years spent in educational publishing. You’ll appreciate that they’re experts—and love that they’re a lot like you.

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Team profiles

  • Mary Albertson

    Mary Albertson

    Sr. Modern Language Specialist and Lead Presenter

    I first fell in love with modern languages when I was in 7th grade when I took my first year of Spanish. I was fortunate to have great teachers that were incredibly passionate. Through their love of language and culture, I was given a true gift tha more>>

  • Natasha Ranjan

    Natasha Ranjan

    Sr. Modern Language Specialist & Lead Presenter

    The best authentic cultural experience I can remember is visiting my family for the first time in Bangalore and Calcutta, India. I grew up in the U.S. so I’ve always felt a bit disconnected with Indian culture. It was really powerful for me to st more>>

  • Beatriz Gegundez

    Beatriz Gegundez

    Modern Language Specialist

    Why I’m passionate about modern language: Learning a second language opens doors to many opportunities: the time your students spend learning languages is integral to their formation in our larger, more globally-focused world. I was born in Mexic more>>

  • Charles Hanchett

    Charles Hanchett

    Sr. Modern Language Specialist

    I first fell in love with modern languages in my first Spanish class, taught by Señora Cota in Temecula, California. The eldest daughter of a Tijuana barber, Mrs. Cota was a tough teacher who didn’t suffer fools. She saw that I was adept at Spa more>>

  • Steve Santoro

    Steve Santoro

    Sr. Modern Language Specialist

    Why I’m passionate about modern language: I was turned on to my love of French in junior high school. At first, I think I liked it because language acquisition came easy to me (unlike mathematics or economics). Later, as I traveled more, I came t more>>

  • Laurie Johnston

    Laurie Johnston

    Modern Language Specialist

    I am passionate about modern languages because I love to share a new way to learn a language. When I was learning, it was a lot of memorizing vocabulary and sentences. We didn’t get much of a chance to learn the cultures of the countries or hear more>>

  • Dan O'Reilly

    Dan O'Reilly

    Modern Language Specialist

    I first fell in love with modern languages while sitting in a café in Amalfi, Italy. As I was waiting for a bus to take me to the lemon farm where I was staying, four older Italian gentlemen waved me over. I barely spoke Italian, and they barely s more>>

  • Maggie Fiorentino

    Maggie Fiorentino

    Modern Language Specialist

    Ask me about my passion for education, and I’ll tell you about my 10 years spent as an educator along with another 9 years working as a marketer in educational publishing, including with Vista Higher Learning. Staying connected to teaching and le more>>

  • Terence McCarthy

    Terence McCarthy

    Modern Language Specialist

    The best part of learning a new language is the new doors that it can help to open, both at home and abroad. There's nothing more exciting and liberating than being able to communicate without boundaries and barriers, whether I'm going for tapas at more>>

  • Jessy Mombell

    Jessy Mombell

    Sr. Modern Language Specialist & Lead Presenter

    The best part of learning a new language is that it's not only about having a conversation, but learning about how people interact and live their lives. Language is about culture, tradition, history and emotion. It's about people, the human experie more>>

  • Shannon DiStefano

    Shannon DiStefano

    Modern Language Specialist

    Why I’m passionate about modern language: I’ve always believed that bridging the language gap can be the beginning of understanding other people and cultures.

    One of my most authentic cultural experiences was when I traveled t more>>

  • Gianny Morales

    Gianny Morales

    Modern Language Specialist

    My work here is about providing teachers with the necessary tools to mold students’ new language development. Language lessons should reflect the identity, value and experiences of a culture to give students the tools to succeed in a global econo more>>

  • Christa Bedel

    Christa Bedel

    Modern Language Specialist

    Why I’m passionate about modern language: It’s the single most important tool that can bridge social, national and cultural boundaries. It’s both a window to the soul and the doorway to exploration. Offering the opportunity to enjoy the magni more>>

  • Layla Lamchahab

    Layla Lamchahab

    Modern Language Specialist

    Why I’m passionate about modern language: I believe that when people have knowledge of different languages, it allows them to make deeper cross-cultural connections. And the more and more people can do this around the world, the easier it becomes more>>

  • Jennifer Bennett

    Jennifer Bennett

    Modern Language Specialist

    One memorable moment I’ve experienced on the job was when I was presenting Imaginez to a group of professors and students. I showed them J’attendrai le suivant, one of our authentic short films. Afterwards, one of the students in the a more>>

  • Carolyn Ghazi-Tehrani

    Carolyn Ghazi-Tehrani

    Modern Language Specialist

    Why I’m passionate about modern languages: The world is huge in terms of all there is to see and do and the wonders it has to offer. But when you realize how much we all have in common, it can feel very small. Being able to communicate across cul more>>

  • Ashly Dewberry

    Ashly Dewberry

    Modern Language Specialist

    I’m passionate about modern languages because it opens doors and creates opportunities in life that would not have been possible, but for the ability to communicate both passionately and intelligently with others from outside one’s own culture. more>>

  • Leslie Mciver

    Leslie Mciver

    Modern Language Specialist

    Why I’m passionate about modern languages: Languages are the key that open the door to a myriad of possibilities in life. They connect and introduce us to new people, challenge us, evoke self-awareness, and teach us to be understanding and accep more>>

  • Natalia Arroyave

    Natalia Arroyave

    Modern Language Specialist

    I am passionate about modern languages because they open our eyes and mind to a colorful and multi-cultural planet. Languages are not simply a tool for communicating; they are the master key to a world filled with cultural differences and amazing more>>

  • Christina Shea

    Christina Shea

    Modern Language Specialist

    One of my most authentic cultural experiences was attending a traditional festival in Italy. I was raised in a bilingual household where both English and Italian were spoken daily. Growing up I was told stories and shown pictures of the many festiv more>>

  • Vicki Jo Stephens

    Vicki Jo Stephens

    Modern Language Specialist

  • Kristin Ix

    Kristin Ix

    I first fell in love with modern languages when I commenced a decade of learning French starting when I was just 12 years old. Immediately, my understanding of the world expanded and I realized that not everyone lived like my small-town suburban se more>>

  • Bob Noel

    Bob Noel

    Modern Language Specialist

    Why I’m passionate about modern languages: It is a skill that can help open doors and also gives you the ability to communication on a global level. Having the ability to communicate with others helps create opportunities that others won’t be f more>>

  • Kevin Barrett

    Kevin Barrett

    Modern Language Specialist

    I am passionate about modern languages because I get the opportunity to meet with educators who are truly passionate about what they teach. In addition, I get to work for a company that is also truly passionate about the discipline they publish for more>>

  • Christian Standerwick

    Christian Standerwick

    Mondern Language Specialist

    Why I’m passionate about modern language: I was an exchange student in High School. That experience shaped my travel life as well as my exploration into world languages.

    The best authentic cultural experience I can remember is: more>>

  • Sarah Thompson

    Sarah Thompson

    Modern Language Specialist

    I am passionate about modern language(s) becauseMy father came to the US from Italy when he was about 10 years old. My grandparents never learned English and most of my family spoke Italian growing up. My mother is American and so our family was on more>>

  • Adair Ahlers

    Adair Ahlers

    Modern Language Specialist

    I’m passionate about modern languages because I believe learning a modern languages open doors for students while in school to not only speak a new language, but to think globally. Modern languages also equip students with the ability to use thei more>>