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, Tina continues to present at every opportunity that she can including locally to new language teachers at UTeach, regionally at the area education service center, and at the state level at the Texas Foreign Language Association Fall or Spring Conferences. 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. In addition to having studied Arabic, Italian and Turkish, she completed 90 hours of Chinese instruction through a scholarship she won from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She is a member of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL) and the Texas Association of Language Supervisors (TALS). Tina also sits on the board as Vice President for the Texas Foreign Language Association (TFLA) whose mission is to advance the study of modern and classical languages through support for advocacy and instruction for language educators across the state. She is excited to have discovered a new passion for cultural proficiency and inclusiveness since the teaching of language and culture are inseparable.
Tina is happy to be in Austin ISD working with colleagues and teachers to advance the World Languages program and produce students that will truly become effective and empathetic global communicators in college, career, and life.