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Indiana AATG Virtual Fall Immersion 2020

10/1/2020 » 10/4/2020
German Studies Association Conference

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Member Accolades

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Doug Philipp
President (2020-2022)

Cheyenne Mountain High School
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Doug Philipp teaches German at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been vice president, president, and currently is secretary/treasurer for the Colorado/Wyoming chapter. He serves as co-chair for the annual Colorado Sprachbad, is a member of TraiNDaF 2003, and has led numerous student trips to Germany. Doug received the 2017 ACTFL Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology with IALLT (K–12).

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Priscilla Layne
Vice President (2020-2021)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Priscilla Layne is Associate Professor of German and Adjunct Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Priscilla completed her Ph.D at University of California, Berkeley. After receiving her B.A. at the University of Chicago, she spent two years in Berlin. One year as a Fulbright TA and the following year she conducted qualitative research with a grant from the Berlin Parliament.  Priscilla was awarded tenure in 2018 and her book White Rebels in Black: German Appropriation of Black Popular Culture was published in that same year.

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Anthony Jannotta
Treasurer (2019-2021)

Centerville and Landisville Middle Schools
Landisville, Pennsylvania

Tony Jannotta teaches German at the middle school level in the Hempfield School District in Landisville, Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. in German and Education and an M.A. in German from Millersville University. He has led multiple trips to Germany for his students though GAPP. He credits his team of excellent German teachers at Hempfield for helping the district achieve noteworthy accomplishments such as the German Center of Excellence designation in 2013. Tony received the 2016 AATG Outstanding K-8 German Educator Award.

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Ingrid Zeller
Presiding Officer Assembly of Chapter Presidents (2019-2021)

Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

Ingrid Zeller teaches German courses at all levels and directs the German Writing Center at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is president of the Northern Illinois chapter, where she has been active in many capacities. She serves as an AATG consultant, has been an item-writer for the National German Exam, and served on the 2013 program committee for the AATG convention at ACTFL. Ingrid has received several awards, including the AATG/Goethe-Institut Certificate of Merit.

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Michael R. Shaughnessy
Executive Director

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Mike Shaughnessy has been an advocate for German and international education since 2002. As a German Professor at Washington & Jefferson College, he grew and built a German program  that doubled the number of students and tripled the number of majors in the program. In 2012, he became the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Senior International Officer where he worked to establish new curriculum models and establish international partnerships. Mike has received a number of professional honors including the AATG / Goethe-Institut Certificate of Merit, the ACTFL/Cengage Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Fellowship to Yad Vashem, and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Cincinnati Department of German Studies.

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Iris Bork-Goldfield
Northeast Regional Representative (2018-2020)

Wesleyan University
Middletown, Connecticut

Iris Bork-Goldfield is Adjunct Professor and Chair of German Studies, at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Her research interests include resistance and opposition in East Germany, methods for teaching languages and literature, and short films and their use in the language classroom. Her book Wir wollten was tun was published in Germany in 2015. Iris serves in the Goethe-Institut Trainernetzwerk and as Testing Chair in the Connecticut chapter.

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Cynthia Chalupa
Central Regional Representative (2020-2022)

West Virginia University 
Morgantown, West Virginia

Cynthia Chalupa is Associate Professor of German and Language Program Director at West Virginia University. Cynthia has taught all levels of language and culture and is co-chair of the AP German Exam Development and the National German Exam committees and an AP Reader. She has co-authored a teacher’s handbook on teaching with TV programming and Neue Blickwinkel, an intermediate language and culture textbook. Cynthia also received two Outstanding Teacher awards at West Virginia University.

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Morgan Koerner
Southeast Regional Representative (2019-2021)

College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Morgan Koerner is Associate Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German and Russian Studies at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. His research focuses on drama and theater and foreign language pedagogy. Morgan organizes an annual German-American Business Summit for industry leaders and college students and the annual Lowcountry German Day for high school students. He is president of the South Carolina chapter of the AATG.

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J.J. Melgar
Southwest Regional Representative (2020-2022)

Westwood High School
Austin, Texas

Jennifer (J.J.) Melgar has been teaching German since 2000, and has been at Westwood High School with Round Rock ISD since 2010 where she conducts a GAPP exchange every two years with a Gymnasium in Gersthofen, Germany. She has served the South Texas chapter as Vice President, President, and Testing Chair. In 2017 J.J. was named German Teacher of the Year by the Texas Foreign Language Association (TFLA) as well as Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. She was 2018 Southwest Region Foreign Language Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for the ACTFL Teacher of the Year.

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Siggi Piwek
Midwest Regional Representative (2018-2020)

Milwaukee German Immersion School
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Siggi Piwek teaches fourth grade at the Milwaukee German Immersion School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been a teacher leader, serving on his school's Learning Team, the Governance Council, and as Treasurer and President of the German Immersion Foundation. Siggi is an active member and presenter at his state and regional foreign language teacher conferences and at ACTFL, and also provides workshops to other German language teachers as a member of the Goethe-Institute Trainernetzwerk.

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Jennifer Roper
Northwest Regional Representative (2019-2021)

Rocky Mountain High School
Fort Collins, Colorado

Jennifer Roper teaches German at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she has served as department chair of world languages. She has taught every level of German from 1A middle school through Advanced Placement. Jennifer has traveled to German speaking countries with students many times. She was President of the Colorado/Wyoming AATG chapter 2014-2018 and has received multiple honors, including the AATG/Goethe-Institut Certificate of Merit in 2014.

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