Director of Special Programs, LARC
The Southern Area International Languages Network (SAILN) site director represents the project at the regional coordinating council meetings, oversees day-to-day programs, manages the project’s financial transactions, and implements the work plan for the project.
The current SAILN director, Shahnaz Ahmadeian Fard, has a Masters degree in Policy Studies in Language and Cross-Cultural Education and is currently a Ph.D. student in Education at the Joint Doctoral Program at Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University. Her research interests include second language acquisition, heritage language learning, curriculum and pedagogy, teacher education, and task-based language instruction. She is the California World Language Project (CWLP) Fellow and has been working with SAILN since 2011 as the Tier II Lead Presenter. During the past six years, Shahnaz has presented on topics of best teaching and learning practices, facilitated sessions, and mentored interns to become professional developers. Since 2008, Shahnaz has been working at the Language Acquisition Resource Center. As its Director of Special Programs, she assists in the development of portions of grant application narratives and budgets, recruits new prospective language teachers from the local community, and is involved in the initial orientation and ongoing training and support of new LTC, Project GO, and STARTALK instructors and assistants. As the STARTALK Co-Director, Shahnaz develops grant application narratives and budgets for both combined and infrastructure programs. She also oversees internal budget and the implementation of these programs. She conducts research studies, either independent or in collaboration with colleagues, in related areas including teacher training.
Dr. Mary Ann Lyman-Hager
Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, Ph.D., is Professor of European Studies and French at San Diego State University, where she currently directs the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC). LARC is home to a national Language Training Center, which provides training in a variety of critical languages to active duty military personnel nationwide. LARC also houses a Project Global Officer program (ProjectGO) which offers intensive language instruction for cadets nationwide in five languages (Russian, Persian, Chinese, Portuguese, and Arabic) and a STARTALK summer training for high school age students in Dari and Arabic. She has served on the editorial boards of the Foreign Language Annals, the CALICO Journal, and Language Learning and Technology, and has been on the Executive Board of CALICO. She is the author of numerous articles in the field of language acquisition and of software for teachers. These include the Lesson Plan Generator (LPG), software based on ACTFL and state standards to assist teachers in creating theory-based lessons using the principles of Backward Design and the CAST (Computer Assisted Speech Tool), a formative assessment tool for the Intermediate and Advanced levels of language in 15 languages. She has served as program and faculty reviewer for a number of American colleges’ and universities’ language programs as well as on dissertation and thesis committees, both nationally and internationally. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego State University Research Foundation and is newly appointed to the Cornell College Alumni Board of Directors. She is one of ten “Top Principal Investigators” at San Diego State University in terms of research dollars brought to the university and was named “Most Influential Faculty Member by the 2015 Outstanding Graduate in the Department of European Studies. In August 2016 she was awarded the SDSU Alumni Association’s distinguished faculty (Monty) award representing the College of Arts and Letters. Her courses include upper division and graduate courses in French Civilization, War and Memory, and Literature of the Early Twentieth Century.
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Lamba holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in Psychology and is a MFT Graduate Student. As the program specialist for the Southern Area International Languages Network at LARC/SDSU, she plans and carriers out phases of the program. Lamba focuses on supporting and bringing awareness to less commonly taught languages offered at LARC, as well as developing budgets and implementing procedures. Lamba is a fellow at SAILN/California World Language Project (CWLP) and is ACTFL-trained.
Lecturer of French, SDSU
After earning her BA in French from UCR, Myra spent a year in the Southwest of France as a language assistant where she taught English conversation classes to high school students and discovered her love for teaching. Upon her return to the United States, she set out to pursue a master’s degree in French from SDSU and has taught French at the middle school, community college and university levels since 2005. She is actively involved in the community and has served as vice-president of her local chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) for the past three years. Myra is the 2015 recipient of the AATF-SD Teacher-of-the-year Award for Recognition of Merit in French. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to concerts, cooking, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors in San Diego.
Dr. Noha Ireiqat
Noha Ireiqat graduated from Kuwait University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Translation. She earned a Master’s Degree in the Arts of Teaching with an emphasis on education from National University in San Diego.
Noha has been teaching the Arabic and English languages for more than sixteen years in different schools in the United States and overseas. She has been working with the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University (SDSU) for eight years. She was the instructor for several Arabic courses and developed four Arabic units of instruction that are taught at SDSU for advanced Arabic Language classes. She was also the Director of the After School Arabic Program with LARC, SDSU where she supervised the Arabic teachers. Noha participated in the Bilingual Methodology Validity Study Advisory Panel for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Program, and she participated in the Arabic subject matter advisory panel at the Item Review Conference with the National Evaluation System. Recently, Noha finished creating twenty learning objects for LARC, SDSU and the Arabic curriculum for secondary school with SDUSD.
Currently, Noha is the team leader for the Arabic CAST program with LARC, SDSU. She teaches intensive Arabic Language courses at SDSU through LARC during the summer. She is also working as the Arabic Language Program Director at Carver Elementary School in the San Diego Unified School District. She is the Professional Expert/Coordinator for Arabic Language with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). She is a Tier Leader with Southern Area International Language Network (SAILN), a Division of California Foreign Language Project (CFLP) at LARC, SDSU. Noha presented several workshops at different districts in San Diego giving the teachers an overview of the Arabic Language and Islam in order to communicate with Middle Eastern students in general and Muslim students in particular. She also has presented three times at the CLTA Conference.
Noha is Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) certified with the American Council of Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL). She is a member of The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and a member with the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA). Noha is also a fellow with the California Foreign Language Project (CFLP). She received the 2011 Outstanding Service Award for the Foreign Language Council of San Diego.
Noha is in her second year as an Educational Leadership and Management doctoral candidate at Alliant International University.
Dr. Cécile Nedellec
Cécile Nedellec, PhD, is an English and French teacher at Standley Middle School, where she is serving as the English department chair as well as the SGT chair. She earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction from Capella University in July 2015. Her dissertation was on teachers’ perceptions of differentiated instruction. Dr. Nedellec is also a National Board Certified French Teacher. Prior to teaching at her current position, Dr. Nedellec taught four years in Switzerland and seven years at Serra High school, where she served as the World Language Department Chair. Dr. Nedellec has been a mentor teacher for 7 years. She served as chair and principal writer of the French 1-6 curriculum for the San Diego Unified School District. Dr. Nedellec is a fellow of the California Foreign Language Project.
Alan Svidal is a retired teacher of French and history in San Diego Unified School District. Mr. Svidal began teaching in San Diego Unified School district in 1967. He has a Master’s degree in secondary education as well as double Bachelor of Arts degrees in both History and French, having taught both content courses in his tenure as a middle and high school teacher. Alan served often as department chair in both content areas. He twice served as district resource specialist for world languages, San Diego Unified School District, Office of Language Acquisition, retiring from that position in June 2012. During his time as district resource specialist, he was instrumental in the development of district world language standards, numerous textbook adoptions, and the development of district-level curricula for all district language courses levels one through three. He established an ongoing partnership between SDUSD and the California Foreign Language Project/ San Diego of which he is an original team member from the project’s inception in 1989. Alan has served on various state committees, including the California World Language Framework committee, the initial state Standards-setting Committee, and has reviewed new texts in Spanish and French. Alan is the recipient of the CLTA Outstanding Teacher Award, the Hal Wingard Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Foreign Language Council of San Diego. Alan is a former SAILN Director and also was the principal professional developer for Tier 1 and has written extensive instructional materials for all three SAILN professional development levels.