About Me

dorieMy name is Dorie and I have been teaching Spanish at the elementary school level in Glastonbury, Connecticut for the past nine years. I also serve as the Executive Secretary on the Board of the National Network for Early Language Learning. I love to travel the world and have lived in four countries on three different continents. I am fluent in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language and have studied an additional three languages.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

My favorite part of teaching is helping my students develop skills of creativity and intercultural competence. For the past three years I have worked closely with Manuela Wagner and Michael Byram to develop a systematic approach to adding intercultural competence in my language classroom. Together, we published an article about this work in the Spring/Summer 2013 Edition of the NNELL Learning Languages journal (available to free to NNELL members).

My desire for this blog is to be a place where teachers of all languages and levels can find resources, research and methods they will find useful in their classrooms.


  1. Bravo! SO glad you are blogging – much needed for elementary. Bonne continuation and see you next week at ACTFL.

  2. Thanks, I love your presentation at CCSU.

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