GDL Technology and Learning Specialists

The GDL Technology and Learning Specialists work under the supervision of Professor Dick Kuettner, the GDL director as well as teacher of Spanish, French, and Teacher Education. Using a variety of technological systems and computer programs, the specialists support professors and fellow students in all of their endeavors, while making various multimedia sources available and accessible. Striving to use technology in innovative ways, the specialists are familiar with various programs and tools so they can instruct others how to use a variety of resources. Whether it be administration of exams, digitizing films for classes, preparing materials for instructional use, organizing FLAVA conferences/webinars, or managing websites for the annual Governor's Foreign Language Academies, the GDL Technology and Learning Specialists play an interesting and integral role in the support and development of W&L and its mission to internationalize its curriculum. The specialists facilitate the sharing of cultures via foreign music, TV, film, books, and video conferencing with students and educators around the world as part of its mission.

Name: Keith Denning
From: Palm Harbor, FL
Class Year: '18
Major: Business and Accounting, Computer Science
Favorite Foods: Mac and cheese
Favorite Movies: Sharknado II: Revenge of the Sharknado
Hobbies: Running and eating
Why work for the GDL?: I feel welcomed and appreciated here. 
Favorite quotes: "Never run and eat at the same time." -ZB
Name: Andrew Lewis
From: Charlotte, NC
Class Year: '19
Major: Economics, Political Science
Favorite Foods: Chicken Curry
Favorite Movies: Space Jam, The Dark Knight Rises
Hobbies: Soccer, Carolina Panthers, and Working
Why work for the GDL?: I want to help bridge the new technologies we have in the Center for Global Learning with dedicated students and faculty. 
Favorite Quotes: "The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills." 
Name: Katrina "Kiki" Spiezio
From:
Taunton, MA
Class Year:
'17
Major:
Politics and Business Administration (Poverty Studies and Studio Art minors)
Favorite Foods: 
Dumplings, Pizza, French Fries, Ice Cream
Favorite Movies:
Slumdog Millionaire, Freedom Writers, Cars, Zootopia
Hobbies:
Photography, Dance, Horseback Riding, Traveling, Community Service
Why work for the GDL?: Being around all of the different language students inspires me to keep learning more languages and about more cultures. Plus, the CGL is one of the best builldings on campus -- it brings together all sorts of students, classes, and events with a global focus. 
Favorite quotes:
"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth
Name: Albert Del Cristo
From: Clarksburg, NJ
Class Year: '19
Major: Accounting, Business Administration
Favorite Foods: Sheppards pie, anything Mom makes
Favorite Movies: Fast and Furious, Norbit
Hobbies: Track and field 
Why work for the GDL?: To learn as much as I can about languages and their importance in a globally connected world. 
Favorite Quotes: "Better late than never" : "Every little thing is gonna be alright"
Name: Hines Liles 
From:
Concord, North Carolina
Class Year:
'18
Major: 
Economics, Environmental Studies
Favorite Foods: 
Anything my Mom makes
Favorite Movies:
O'Brother Where Art Thou
Hobbies:
Mountain Biking, Photography
Why work for the GDL?: 
I enjoyed how helpful the predecessor to the GDL was with the classes that I was taking and I want to contribute.  
Favorite Quotes:
"I'm just here so I don't get fined" - Ancient Chinese Proverb
Name: Taylor Reese
From: Swedesboro, NJ
Class Year: '19
Major: English (Photography minor)
Favorite Foods: pasta, pasta, pasta
Favorite Movies: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Hobbies: Playing tennis, reading, photography
Why work for the GDL?: It's a great opportunity to combine technology, helping others, and learning about the global community. 
Favorite Quotes: "Excuses... it's for loser. And I am not loser.  I am winner." -Vladimir Tarasenko

Name: Owen Brannigan
From: Darien, CT
Class Year: '18
Major: Accounting and Business Administration
Favorite Foods: TAPS Burger
Favorite Movies: Forest Gump
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, squash
Why work for the GDL?: I enjoy working with computers and am excited about the opportunity to help people and learn about new programs and technology
Favorite Quotes: "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music" - Nietzsche

Name: Sarah Leonard
From: Manahawkin, NJ
Class Year: '20
Major: Biology
Favorite Foods: Resse's Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite Movies: Role Models
Hobbies: Reading, Track & Field
Why work for the GDL?:  To learn how technology and language can connect our global community, and have the opportunity to share that knowledge with others.
Favorite quotes: "We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why." -Stephen King, 11/22/63
Name: Drew Weinstock
From: Davidson, NC
Class Year: '20
Major: Undeclared
Favorite Foods: Burgers, Pizza
Favorite Movies: Inception, Pulp Fiction
Hobbies: Playing and watching sports
Why work for the GDL?: Lots of friendly people
Favorite quotes: "They misunderestimated me"- George W. Bush
Name: Colby Boudreau
From: Epsom, NH
Class Year: '20
Major: Business Admin
Favorite Foods: Italian
Favorite Movies: Any Leonardo DiCaprio movie
Hobbies: Wrestling, friendship
Why work for the GDL?: I've become very interested in languages and I want to use every opportunity I can to improve my knowledge of them.
Favorite quotes: It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. - Albus Dumbledore
Name: Juliana Lima
From: Christiansburg, VA
Class Year: '20
Major: Engineering and Environmental Studies 
Favorite Foods: Peanut butter and popcorn
Favorite Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy
Hobbies: Rugby, soccer, reading, sleeping
Why work for the GDL?: I am interested in learning about different computer programs and helping others to use them properly.
Favorite quotes: "The only time I set the bar low is for limbo." - Michael Scott
Name: Bo Torbert
From: Montgomery, AL
Class Year: '20
Major: Undecided
Favorite Foods: Franks' Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Favorite Movies: The Lion King and Pulp Fiction
Hobbies: Playing tennis, watching football, and traveling
Why work for the GDL?: I knew all of the important programs and services the GDL offers to members of the W&L community, and I wanted to be a part of that. 
Favorite quotes: "Dyin' Ain't Much of a Livin' Boy." - Clint Eastwood
Name: Allie Lefkowitz
From: Houston, TX
Class Year: '20
Major: Undecided
Favorite Foods: Chocolate, peanut butter, popcorn
Favorite Movies: Hot Fuzz
Hobbies: baking, reading
Why work for the GDL?: To learn and spend time with neat people.
Favorite quotes: "He who eats the most ice-cream cones wins."
If you wish to become a GDL Assistant, you can fill out an application here.