Local educator added to nationally-recognized foreign language board of directors

CAVE CREEK – Cristina Ladas, the Cave Creek Unified School District’s world language coordinator, has been added to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Board of Directors for grades kindergarten through 12.

Ladas coordinates the world language and immersion programs for Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD), which is a state leader with 83 percent of all students participating in robust Spanish, French and Chinese immersion programs. Prior to this work, she co-authored over $4.2 million in federal grants to support language learning, according to ACTFL.

ACTFL is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages with more than 12,000 active members. It provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources.

“We are proud to have such an accomplished educator like Cristina Ladas in our district and know she will be an asset to the K-12 ACTFL Board of Directors,” Superintendent Dr. Debbi Burdick said.

CCUSD is the only public school district offering its students world languages in Chinese, French and Spanish for grades pre-kindergarten through 12th.

For more informatio about CCUSD’s world language programs email: Ladas at cladas@ccusd93.org or call 480-575-2000.