CWLP Fellows

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Dr. Alaa Gado Kana

Dr. Alaa Gado Kana has been working with San Diego State University Research Foundation - LARC teaching Arabic MSA and Iraqi dialect since 2009. He participated in STARTALK summer teacher training program for years 2017 and 2018. Dr. Kana attended all the professional development workshops of SAILN (Southern Area International Language Network). In addition, Dr. Kana is an Arabic Professor at Grossmont-Cuyamaca College in world language department. He is also a certified ACTFL OPI tester and ACTFL WPT rater of Arabic from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Throughout his career, he taught at several universities in Iraq, Jordan, and the United States. Dr. Kana is also the author of five books and he published many research articles. For more information please view his website:

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Mariana Apalategui

Mariana Apalategui 20+ years teaching experience in Spanish and English as a Second Language. Mariana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from San Diego State University and a Master’s of Art in Spanish Linguistics from the San Diego State University. During her graduate course work, she traveled to Spain, where she taught ESL and took graduate courses in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. She currently teaches Spanish at Point Loma Nazarene University in Point Loma, CA.

Robin Newsom-Wuertz

Robin Newsom-Wuertz

Founder of Creative ASL Teaching blog and an #aslteacherchat moderator has 20+ years teaching experience in ASL. Robin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies from California State University Northridge and a Master’s of Science in School Counseling from the University of LaVerne. She teaches ASL and Physical Education at Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad, CA. Robin is a workshop presenter in ASL curriculum, standards, and second language acquisition. Robin also works as a consultant to help other schools in her area establish and maintain thriving ASL programs. She is a new teacher mentor, a Fellow in the California World Language Project, and the world language department chair at her school site. Her passion is to support ASL teachers in their journey to become creative innovators and leaders in the field of World Language instruction.


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