We believe that learning a world language is no longer a luxury; it is a necessary skill that students must have in order to compete in a global economy.
21 of the top 25 industrialized countries begin the study of world languages in K-5.
Of all students, need is highest in underserved communities around the country, where public elementary schools cannot afford to provide courses for languages other than English. Children in these communities are excluded from the cognitive and competitive benefits that learning a second language offers.
Elisabeth Shovers is proud to be part of a team working towards such an important mission: to make students world and work ready through the study of high impact foreign languages and cultures.
Elisabeth moved to New York, after teaching kindergarten and first grade as a Teach For America Corps member in Chicago where she also earned her M.Ed. Prior to that, she received a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University where she wrote her thesis on the Importance of Integrating Multicultural Education Programs into DC public schools, and then spent a year teaching English in France.
As a lover of languages, Elisabeth has studied French, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Mandarin, Hindi, and Wolof. Whenever she has the chance, she spends long periods of time immersed in different countries soaking up culture, language, and traditions. To date, she has lived in Germany, France, Senegal, and India and traveled to many other places. She realizes how influential these experiences have been, and wants to create the same opportunities for all GLP students.
Director of Educational Programs
Rebecca Anderson believes in the power of languages to provide new perspectives, inspiration, desirable skills, and joy to language learners, and is thrilled to be able to work to help this happen for others.
Rebecca joined GLP upon completing her master's degree in International Educational Development at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to living in New York, she spent several years living and teaching at elementary and middle schools in Latin America and Asia. Rebecca also worked as an education specialist in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. She has a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Kansas.
Rebecca got the travel bug in sixth grade when she saw slides from a classmate's parent's time living in Kenya. She is fluent in Spanish, speaks some Japanese, and is currently learning Arabic.
Curriculum Specialist/Dir. of PD
Victoria Gilbert, Ph.D. designed GLP's pilot Spanish program, and is a believer in GLP's mission to empower disadvantaged schoolchildren with foreign-language skills that will benefit their futures. Dr. Gilbert earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in the Curriculum & Teaching Department at Teachers College-Columbia University in 2005. A native speaker of Spanish and fluent speaker of French, she has taught Science and Foreign Languages for over 20 years at Saint David's School in New York City.
As an art-history undergraduate major, Dr. Gilbert has always believed in the importance of understanding culture to bring understanding of a people and their world. Learning a language involves studying modes of communication, an understanding of the target culture, and making connections and comparisons across disciplines and communities until one understands others as well as oneself.
Dr. Gilbert considers herself lucky to have lived in Europe, South America and in the U.S. Having learned foreign languages at an early age, she once told her mom, "Mommy, do you know that if you speak more languages, you can make more friends?" Dr. Gilbert's experiences throughout the years have proven that the knowledge of foreign languages is beneficial to all students, and that people can affect others positively when addressing people in their own language.
Katie DeAngelis joined GLP as a Program Associate after graduating from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development with her B.S. in Applied Psychology and Global Public Health. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and has studied in Cadiz, Barcelona, and Berlin. Katie speaks both Spanish and German. She has worked with students in NYC public preschools and elementary schools in Chinatown and Tribeca.
In our increasingly globalized world, Katie believes in the power of language education to connect people across cultures and differences and to create stronger and smarter communities.
Susan Hanna-Wicht, Chair
Teachers College Columbia University
Angela Jackson, Vice-Chair
Deena Boykin, Treasurer
Retail Think Tank
Shawei Wang, Secretary
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Board of Advisors
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Helena Curtain, Ph. D
Associate Professor, Emerita at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
New York University
National Urban League