Cherice Montgomery, Ph.D.

376125_10101574130272134_2366582_78171991_2145473026_n.jpgAlthough a Spanish teacher by trade, I think I may be an artist at heart. I love playing with concepts, juxtaposing ideas, and seeking connections. I am fascinated by the convergence of aesthetics, creativity, and design, and intrigued by intersections of pedagogy, play, and professional development. Most recently, I am pursuing the idea of layers . . . of experience, life, meaning, and media through social technologies.

I hold a B.A. in Spanish, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (both from Wichita State University), and a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy with an emphasis in Learning, Technology, & Culture from Michigan State University. I currently teach courses in Spanish pedagogy and supervises student teachers at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I also serve as an independent consultant for a variety of publishers, universities, and school districts. My work is informed by a wide array of teaching experiences. I have worked as an elementary Spanish immersion instructor for homeschooled children, a middle school Spanish immersion camp director, a high school teacher, and a community college instructor. I have also served as a full-time instructional facilitator, coordinating cross-curricular professional development and providing both pedagogical and technological support for faculty in a large, urban, public high school. I have been honored with several awards for excellence in teaching, including the Kansas Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award. My research interests focus on intersections of:

My professional endeavors include service as a former Advisory Board Member for the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Inquiry Into Curriculum & Instruction, and as a member of the New Visions in Foreign Language Education Task Force. While at MIchigan State, I worked with the Literacy Acquisition Research Center, served as a technical consultant to the Top-of-the-Mitt satellite of the Red Cedar Writing Project, was a writing consultant for the MSU Writing Center, and coordinated the Innovation with Technology in Education Consultants (iTecs) for MSU’s College of Education. I have also designed and facilitated a variety of grant-funded, summer institutes with the purpose of helping teachers to develop skills in mentoring, leadership, pedagogy, and technology (including several for teachers of less commonly taught languages). You can follow my work here:

Cindy Kendall, Ed.S.

I hold my undergraduate degree in Music Education and Spanish from the University of Michigan, a Masters of Arts in Spanish Language and Pedagogy and an Ed.S. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University. I taught high school Spanish for 13 years before entering the doctoral program at Michigan State. I served as the Technology Media Coordinator for the Career Services and Technical Education division at Ingham Intermediate School District in Mason, MI for six years and now am a consultant, assisting organizations, school districts, educators, parents, and students with all aspects of technology, its integration, and technology literacy. In 2009-2010 I was the Conference and Communications Coordinator for the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. In August 2010 I became the Technology Integration Specialist at Ingham Intermediate School District in Mason, MI. focusing on helping teachers, administrators and other members of our school communities integrate technology into teaching and learning.

An avid fan of technology, I seamlessly incorporated technology into my teaching and continue to frequently present workshops and seminars designed to teach technology skills and technology integration as well as standards-based curriculum development and assessment. My philosophy is that it really isn't about the technology, but rather the opportunities the technology provides. It is about what you can create via the technology.

I have designed and facilitated numerous institutes for the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), served as an Advisory Board member and founding editor of the NFLRC's electronic newsletter—The Alumni Connection. I am a frequent presenter at national, regional, and state conferences, and I provide custom professional development at the district level. I am a past President of the Michigan World Language Association and currently serve as the organization's Website Manager, taking care of the website as well as the organization's social networking communities. In 2007 I served as Program Chair for the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

I am also a volunteer translator for, translating descriptions of micro-businesses from Spanish to English to facilitate loans to budding entrepreneurs in developing countries in Latin America. During 2009-2010 I served as a Volunteer Translator Coordinator, heading a team of 10-20 volunteer translators.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my husband, playing piano, exploring new technologies, and being a parent to two awesome teenagers.