Mellissia Walles is a results-oriented language consultant, instructional designer and instructor with over 20 years of experience in education and business training. Mellissia's strengths and competencies include online course development, application of technology in learning and curriculum development, intercultural communication, and language learning techniques. She has taught in a variety of settings, including on-site business training, K-12 public and charter schools, and at the undergraduate and graduate university levels.
Since discovering her passion for teaching she has focused her career on online language learning and professional development courses for educators. Mellissia holds a Masters in Education from Tufts University, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Studies, a Certificate in Online Instruction from Central Michigan University, and a Massachusetts Teachers License in Spanish and French. She has provided on-site business consulting and training in the United States, Europe, South Africa and Latin America, and recently presented “Embedding Culture in the Classroom through Experiential Learning” at the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conference. Mellissia has reviewed several language textbooks including the recent edition of Espacios (2014) and continues to participate in technology focus groups for online education.
President, Instructional Designer
Mellissia Walles, M.Ed.
Dr. Michael Orlando investigates the nexus between the World Readiness Standards, Modes of Communication, and contemporary second language methodology and pedagogy in order to bring the language classroom alive. A teacher of Spanish language, literature, and culture since 2006, Dr. Orlando has served as the chair of the World Languages Department at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, MA. Currently, Dr. Orlando is the Assistant Principal for Mission and Identity at the Prep overseeing the mission, vision, and values of an inclusive, Catholic, Xaverian Brothers Sponsored school for young men in Grades 6-12. As part of his role, Dr. Orlando leads the faculty/staff professional development program where he works to bring innovative faculty learning experiences and courses to the school community.
Dr. Orlando holds a B.A. in Spanish from Saint Anselm College, an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from Simmons University, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, Leadership, and Learning from Northeastern University. At. St. John’s Prep, Dr. Orlando teaches AP Spanish Literature and Culture, Advanced Spanish Conversation, Cinema, and Literature, and other levels of Spanish. Currently an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Education at Saint Anselm College, he teachers the Methods of Teaching Modern Languages course to student teachers during their practicum experience. At Idioma Education and Consulting, Dr. Orlando is the Director of Academic Affairs and oversees the graduate program, course development, and supervises instructors.
Dr. Orlando’s research interests include teacher professional development, second language acquisition theory and practice, and instructional technology in the language classroom. He has presented on these research interests at various conference sessions at ACTFL, NECTFL, and MaFla. Michael resides on the North Shore of Boston with his wife and son.
Director of Academic Affairs, World Language Methodology & Spanish Instructor
Michael Orlando Jr., Ed.D.
Joseph A. Parodi-Brown is the Chair of Modern Languages at Marianapolis Preparatory School, where he has taught since 2006. He has taught all levels of Spanish, including a Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures course which he developed. Joseph holds an Honors AB in Spanish Language and Literature from Saint Anselm College and an Inter-University MA in Modern Languages from Central Connecticut State University and Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. He is an Ed.D. candidate at Creighton University, working on his dissertation: Being LGBT in a Catholic High School: Understanding Students’ Lived Experience to Influence School Leadership Practice. As an educational practitioner, Joseph is focused on teaching toward proficiency in his classrooms, so that students will be able to use their language to engage with other cultures and to work for justice in the world.
Spanish & Social Justice Instructor
Joseph Parodi-Brown, Ed.D.
Dr. Lynn McGovern, Ph.D. is a Professor Emerita of Spanish and Cultural Studies and Past Academic Director of Short-term Study Abroad at Merrimack College. She is the past President of FLAVA (Foreign Language Association of Virginia), headed the BCA (Brethren Colleges Abroad) program at Bridgewater College in Virginia and was Director of Sweet Briar College Junior Year in Spain until she accepted her current position as Full Professor with tenure at Merrimack College. Dr. McGovern has a significant body of research and publications in contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature including, Contando historias: las primeras novelas de Lourdes Ortiz (Telling Stories: the first novels by author Lourdes Ortiz). She has presented and published articles on the impact of education abroad and strategies for helping students become more inter-culturally competent. She has presented nationally and internationally at ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), MLA (Modern Language Association), and other venues on the value of multicultural experience at home and abroad and is the recipient of numerous related honors, awards, and grants.
Lynn McGovern, Ph.D
A polyglot with 25 years experience teaching languages, Chris revels in her beginners' conversational skills and her Advanced Placement students' achievements. Her passion as an educator is crafting student centered, strategy driven curriculum development with life lessons and engaging content. When teaching adult ESL Chris facilitates self-expression by listening to students in their native languages and helping them present as they desire to be perceived.
Christmas (Chris) Carroll, M.A.
Margaret Carr is passionate about implementing data driven instruction to differentiate for all students, particularly English language learners, at-risk children, and students with special needs. She has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a Masters in Educational Administration from Ashland University. She holds a Massachusetts teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education and English as a Second Language PreK-6. Her 12 years of classroom experience in both Ohio and Massachusetts have been rural, urban, and suburban and have included inclusion classrooms, co-teaching, and sheltered English instruction (SEI).
Margaret is an adjunct lecturer at Merrimack College and her experiences have been instrumental in the structure and design of the courses she creates to ensure that coursework is relevant and applicable for educators in today’s diverse classrooms.
Margaret Ellen Carr, M.Ed.
Elisa holds teaching certificates in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, teaching in high school and college classrooms in both states and is currently teaching French at Souhegan High School in Amherst, New Hampshire. She has considerable experience converting the traditional textbook style classroom to an authentic, proficiency-based experience both in
instruction and assessment. Elisa has received oral proficiency training through ACTFL and has worked with authentic resource experts to bring the most immersive experience possible into the language classroom. Certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Elisa is extraordinarily devoted to the whole student, promoting wellness and mindfulness in her classroom by
developing relationships with her students based on their individual needs.
After studying in Minnesota and working with the Concordia Language Villages and studying abroad in France through Montana State University, Elisa ultimately earned her B.A. in French from Merrimack College. Elisa earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in teaching through the arts from Lesley University.
Director of Marketing Communications & French Instructor
Elisa Kirschhoffer, M.Ed.
Kelli has been teaching all levels of Latin at Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH for 10+ years. She prides herself on delivering an authentic, student-centered curriculum using a proficiency-based model of instruction and grading. Not using a textbook affords the opportunity for her students to look deeply into specific areas of interests throughout their experience. Kelli excels in the differentiation of authentic, primary sources from which her students are able to learn. Her deep interests lie in the late republican period of Roman history, with a focus on Aristotelian rhetoric, philosophy and the works of Cicero. She has delivered numerous presentations including the PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) Conference at the University of Chicago and The American Philosophical Organization’s annual conference in Time’s Square. When possible, Kelli brings her students as the centerpiece of these presentations.
Kelli received her degree in Classics from the University of New Hampshire. Since that time, she has used her extensive knowledge of the culture and geography of the Mediterranean by leading many trips, totaling well over 100 students, to experience everything that the classroom setting cannot teach.
Konstanze Schiller has a diverse teaching background including experience in teaching second language acquisition at the college and high school levels, as well as in critical media literacy and media pedagogical and environmental activities outside of the traditional classroom. She is passionate about facilitating students’ learning and personal growth by teaching several transferable skills beyond language acquisition - from developing critical literacy necessary to evaluate, compare and connect ideas, to developing reading, writing and oral skills needed to express themselves in the new or their own language. Moreover, she is focused on teaching strategies that expose students to diverse cultural perspectives by connecting language and subject matters to current global topics, but also to the students’ own experiences and backgrounds with the result, that they can become active participants in and across languages and cultures.
Konstanze received her B.A. in German Literature and Business Administration at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin and her M.A. in German Studies and Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to teaching she has worked in Media Education, Distribution and Public Relations at the DEFA Foundation and German Cinematheque in Berlin, Germany.