|Punta Cana 2012 Presenters|
Meet our award-winning presenters!
Carol Gaab has been an ESL teacher for various MLB clubs since 1990 and a Spanish teacher for all ages/levels since ‘93. A master teacher and seasoned presenter, Carol currently teaches ESL and Spanish to the SF Giants, in addition to providing teacher training for various institutions across the U.S and abroad. She has authored numerous novels, textbooks, teacher's manuals and leveled readers, in addition to articles for educational journals.
Susan Gross is a master teacher with 33 years experience and a variety of awards: SWCOLT “Excellence in Teaching,” CCFLT “Genevieve Overman Service to the Profession,” and her school’s “Teacher of the Year.” In addition to serving on the board of state/regional FL organizations, she has published articles in professional journals as well as co-authored/translated TPRS materials. Susan currently serves as a consultant providing teacher training in TPRS
Jason Fritze is an experienced and gifted trainer, presenting at state, regional and national language conferences, in addition to conducting workshops/inservices. Jason is a National Board Certified Teacher in WLOE and has taught middle and high school Spanish. He currently teaches intensive language classes (Spanish and French) to adults, as well as Spanish to elementary students in California.
Kristy Placido is a gifted author of various TPRS curricula, novels and teacher’s guides. A seasoned workshop presenter, Kristy has presented around the country (including at ACTFL and NTPRS) on diverse topics such as TPRS, reading strategies, classroom technology and assessment. Kristy has been teaching Spanish in Michigan for 15 years.
Donna Tatum-Johns is a gifted French teacher with over 24 years experience. She specializes in TPRS and other input-based strategies and is credited with many valuable contributions to the method. She serves as an editor/translator for various publishers and is also a gifted presenter. Donna presents TPRS workshops for various institutions and conferences across the country. Her TPRS session recently won “Best of Kentucky!”
Katya Paukova is a highly-sought TPRS presenter and editor. She has adapted/translated various TPRS materials to Russian and is a key presenter for NTPRS. A gifted teacher, Katya has taught Russian and French for middle/high schools, the United Nations, and the International Monetary Fund. Katya currently teaches Russian for the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA.