world languages coordinator - tina dong
Tina Dong is the Instructional Coordinator for World Languages. Tina is both a former student and teacher in Austin ISD. She taught French and Exploratory Languages for four years at Paredes Middle School where she became the 2003 Teacher of the Year and advanced to the Middle School Teacher of the Year for Area 5. Tina also taught French I-V AP as well as Spanish I and II for seven years at Vista Ridge High School in Leander ISD. She has served as the department chair at the middle and high school levels and has presented annual professional development sessions at the Leander District Conference in order to share pedagogical tools with other language teachers. She also had the privilege of leading a workshop that focused on best practices in the foreign language classroom at the 2008 National College Board Forum. Tina holds a B.A. in French and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas and a M.A. in French from the University of Santa Barbara in California, where she received the first ever Distinguished Scholar Award in the thirty-year history of the French Institute. Her research interests include existentialism, "la negritude", multiculturalism, linguistics, and she wants to be able to converse in as many languages as possible. In addition to having studied Arabic, Italian and Turkish, she recently completed 90 hours of Chinese instruction through a scholarship she won from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Currently, she serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Foreign Language Association as Vice President.
She is happy to be in AISD working with colleagues and teachers to advance the World Languages program and produce students that will truly become global communicators in college, career, and life.