2020 Candidates for COFLT Board

Candidates for Vice President

Bernd Ferner

Portland State University

Bernd FernerI am Associate Professor of Practice at Portland State’s College of Education. I received my doctorate as well as my MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University. I specialize in world language education, dual language pedagogy, and culturally responsive teaching. Currently, I teach courses on curriculum theories, action research, and world language methods. I established and coordinated a German for Adults program and I am co-founder of the Sophie Scholl Schule, a German Saturday school in Portland. I am also a founding member of Zeitgeist Northwest and served on their board of directors before I joined the COFLT board 2018. At Portland State University, I currently coordinate the International Teacher Education Program (ITEP) as well as the MA/MS in Curriculum and Instruction Program. I co-created the PPS-PSU dual language teacher residency program in 2015, and continue to serve as its university liaison. My many years of teaching experience in both public and private K-12 schools in the US and in my home country, Germany, inform my approach to teacher education. 

If elected to the vice-presidency of the COFLT board, I will continue to strengthen our outreach to educators in K-12 schools, post-secondary education, Saturday schools, and other language programs. 

Candidates for 9-12 Representative

Claudia Raffaele

Jesuit High School 

Claudia Raffaele is an award-wining Spanish teacher who has been working in education for over 20 years. She has taught all levels of high school Spanish as well as Spanish 201, 202 and 203 with the Portland State University Challenge Program. Currently she is an instructional coach and a mentor teacher to new faculty. Additionally, Claudia has ample experience teaching adult learners. She developed a Spanish curriculum and imparts classes for Police personnel and city employees. 

Claudia is a native Spanish speaker who studied Literature and Philosophy prior to immigrating to the United States. Here, she learned English as a second language while working in clothing factories in Los Angeles, California. Her own language learning journey inspired her to become a language teacher.  She completed her Master of Education at George Fox University, then obtained a post-master certificate in neuroeducation from University of Portland. Interested on how neuroscience informs education, Claudia completed her Doctorate of Education at the University of Portland with an emphasis in neuroeducation studies.

María Calvo

Jesuit High School 

María CalvoMaría Calvo Barrachina 1965, Valencia, Spain moved to the United States in 2004. She completed her degree in Industrial Psychology in the Universidad of Valencia in 1988, where she belonged to WOSY, an international research team focused on youth socialization. She has an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from E.O.I, Madrid, Spain, 1991 and later, she changed her professional career, and has a Master degree in Teaching Spanish as Foreign Language (FUNIBER Universidad de Jaen, Spain), 2012 and Master in Education from Portland State University, 2019. 

She worked in Human Resources for 10 years in Spain and, after she decided to become a stay home mother, she volunteered in several organizations. She was Volunteer Coordinator in Stoller MS and ISB being also part of the PTO Board and she developed the position of Secretary of the Board of Tualatin Hills Swimming Club.

She has been teaching Spanish to elementary and middle school students for 4 years and currently she is teaching Spanish at Jesuit HS, since 2017 and she is an adjunct professor for Challenge program in Portland State University. This year she is teaching Spanish I, Spanish for Heritage Language I, and Spanish V Lengua y Cultura.


Candidates for Post-Secondary Representative

Inés Warnock

Portland State University

Inés WarnockCandidate for post-secondary representative Inés Warnock received her Masters Degree with Honors from Portland State University in 1999 and since that date, she has been teaching upper and lower division courses at Portland State. Inés is the coordinator of Second and Third-year Spanish. She is also the Challenge Program Coordinator for World Languages at Portland State University. Inés is currently developing a textbook and teaching materials for Second-year Spanish as part of an Open Educational Resources initiative from the PSU Library. A native of Barcelona, Spain, Inés has also developed a Study Abroad program for Third-year Spanish during the summer. Locations of the study abroad program include Barcelona and Oviedo, Spain. She has also been a free-lance translator since 1996. Her research interests include literature from Spain, language learning and teaching, and Spanish for the Professions.

Ernesto Hernández

Clackamas Community College

Interested in deeper involvement in the field.

Candidates for Immersion Representative

Sally Hood

University of Portland 

My language education career began as a high school French teacher. During those eight years, I created a French I – IV curriculum from scratch in a rural area of southern Indiana. Using a communicative language teaching approach, my students learned how to speak French! I dove into higher education to complete my master’s and decided to pursue doctoral work focused on World Language, English as a Second Language, and reading education. During those years, I taught undergraduates and planned and facilitated numerous teacher-centered professional development projects with language teachers. For the past 15 years I have served as a professor in the School of Education at the University of Portland. In addition to preparing language teachers, I have worked closely with principals and teachers who work in one-way and two-way immersion bilingual education programs in Oregon and Washington. I also enjoy developing instructional materials that promote oral language communication and conducting classroom- based research in collaboration with teachers. Currently, I am building a two-way immersion bilingual teacher education program at the University of Portland. I am also learning Spanish. I am passionate about promoting multilingualism!

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