LARC Staff

Mat Schulze

Dr. Mat Schulze

Director, LARC; Professor of German, Department of European Studies; Co-editor, CALICO Journal  
Dr. Mat Schulze is the Director of the Language Acquisition Resource Center at San Diego State University and as Professor of German at San Diego State University.
Phone: (619) 594-0958
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Chris Brown

Dr. Chris Brown

Co-Director, LARC; Director LTC
Chris supports the director and other LARC team members in the design and implementation of LARC’s externally funded international programs and initiatives. He holds graduate degrees and certificates in Second Language Instruction, Spanish Linguistics, and Higher Education Leadership. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Discursive Leadership: Exploring the “black box” challenge in transcultural leadership studies.” His research interests focus on the intersection of organizational theory and behavior, leadership, and transcultural communication.
Phone: (619) 594-7131


Shahnaz Ahmadeian

Director of Programs
Shahnaz Ahmadeian Fard is a PhD student in Education at the Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University with an emphasis on teaching and learning of world languages. Her MA is in Policy Studies in Language and Cross-Cultural Education. Since 2013, Shahnaz has been the Program Co-director and Curriculum Developer of the STARTALK Teacher Training and Student Camp Programs. As the director of DLI Persian Immersion program, Shahnaz develops and oversees the internal budgets for non-instructional elements of the programs and oversees the implementation of the program. In addition, she is the director of SAILN-California World Language Projects,for which she manages and leads the program’s ongoing activities. She also teaches elementary through advanced Persian classes to ROTC students through Project GO (Global Officers).
Phone: (619) 594-0846

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Shanshan MA

Learning Technology Consultant
Shanshan is a Learning Technology Consultant for the LARC Center, responsible for the LARC labs management and design. Her educational background centers around educational technology. She has a PhD in learning technologies from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include the application of emerging technologies, educational technology design, technology-supported teaching and learning innovation, instructional design and learning environment design.
Phone: (619) 594-7887


Marcia Ledezman-Macias

Information Technology Consultant
Marcia is the Information Technology consultant for the LARC Center. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Science from SDSU.
Phone: (619) 594-4475

Evan Rubin

Evan Rubin

Program Specialist
Evan Rubin is the SDSU Project Global Officer (GO) ROTC scholarship coordinator, LTC program coordinator, and SDSU Summer Intensive Language Program coordinator. He also volunteers as the International Association of Language Learning Technology (IALLT) co-webinar coordinator, a monthly webinar series that invites exceptional and visionary world language instructors, language lab directors, and language program coordinators to discuss their research, projects, and/or publications in an online interactive webinar format.  Evan has his BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and MA in Latin American Studies, with a specialization in education technology, from SDSU.
Phone: (619) 594-1223

Breshna Aziz

Breshna Aziz

Program Specialist
Breshna Aziz has an MA in Education Learning Design and Technology and a BA in Russian language and Communication from San Diego State University. In addition to teacher development, Breshna teaches elementary-advanced courses in Dari and Pashto languages. She is a fellow and professional developer at SAILN/California World Language Project (CWLP) and an ACTFL – OPI Dari and Pashto tester.
Phone: (619) 594-1259
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Iman Bakour-Aziz

Program Coordinator
As a program coordinator, Iman is responsible for running the Levantine Immersion program, managing the administrative and logistical aspects of the program, and performing other, related administrative duties, such as policy research, development, evaluation, and operational and fiscal analysis. She holds an Engineering degree from the University of Damascus, as well as multiple diplomas in advanced Spanish studies, and is a licensed translator of Arabic and Spanish.
Phone: (619) 594-5684


Ghadah AlSaadi

Arabic Instructor
Ghadah is the lead instructor and curriculum developer of the Arabic language at LARC. She teaches elementary-advanced level Arabic (MSA and the Iraqi Dialect) intensive courses for the LTC program. Ghadah has a MA in Arabic Language and Linguistics, and a BA in Arabic Language and Literature from the California University of Pennsylvania. Ghadah's other fields of study include Translation, Humanities and Fine Arts, Communication and Language Arts, and Social and Behavioral Science.

Dr. Cecile Nedellec

Dr. Cecile Nedellec

Instructional Coordinator
Cecile has a PhD in curriculum and instruction. Her doctoral dissertation is titled, "Teachers' understanding of differentiated instruction in Swiss elementary schools." She advises and supports LARC instructors. Dr. Nedellec also contributes to the planning and implementation of SAILN and STARTALK activities, coordinates project resources, and liaises with project stakeholders to collect and disseminate project information. She has over 16 years of experience teaching languages and over 12 years of experience mentoring in the K-12 public school setting. She is a National Board-Certified French Teacher & a CWLP fellow.
Phone: (619) 594-5445


Dr. Nadezda Novakovic

Program Specialist
Nadezda has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge. She has over ten years of research experience in the areas of language testing and assessment both in the European and US educational context. She has a special interest in less commonly taught languages, performance assessment, and learner motivation.
Phone: (619) 594-8968

Bernhard Blatte

Bernhard Blaette

Information Technology Consultant
Bernhard Blaette is LARC's specialist for social media and language learning technology. He develops applications such as The Lesson Plan Generator (LPG) and the Computer Assisted Screening Tool (CAST). He holds a MA in Computer Science and contributes his technical expertise, innovative ideas, and programming skills to LARC.
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Phone: (619) 594-3816

Directors Emeriti

Mary Ann

Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, PhD

Former LARC Director: 1997-2017
Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, PhD, is Professor of European Studies and French at San Diego State University, where she was the director of the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC).
Phone: (619) 594-5480
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Gail Robinson

Gail Robinson

Founding Director of LARC: 1990-1997
Gail Robinson was the Founding Director of the national Language Resource Center at San Diego State University in 1990 and served until 1997, continuing as Professor of Linguistics and Spanish at San Diego State University.
Phone: (619) 594-6929
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