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 Virginia Governor's World 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 world music, TV, film, books, and video conferencing with students and educators around the world as part of its mission.

Name: Colby Boudreau
From: Epsom, NH
Class Year: 2020
Major: Business Administration
Favorite Foods: Italian
Favorite Movies: The Departed, Spider-Man
Hobbies: Playing sports
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: Doan Ha Hieu Bui
From: Lawrenceville, GA
Class Year: 2021
Major: Biochemistry and German 
Favorite Foods: Käsespätzle, Póke, Bun Bo Hue (Viet spicy noodle dish), Currywurst
Favorite Movies: M - Die Stadt Sucht einen Mörder, Nachtgestalten, 5 Centimeters per Second, The Poisoner's Handbook
Hobbies: reading webtoons and novels, cooking and baking, badminton
Why work for the GDL?: Access to an indisputably beautiful building and learning space on campus that is occupied by a phenomenal language faculty - dedicated to extending language learning beyond campus.
Favorite Quotes: "Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." - Abigail Adams

Name: Katie Cones
From: Montgomery, Texas
Class Year: 2021
Major: Math
Favorite Foods: Mac n' Cheese
Favorite Movies: Birdemic
Hobbies: Theater, Art, Math
Why work for the GDL?:  Other than the fact that it sounds really cool to say you work at the "Global Discovery Laboratories," the work is within the scope of things I enjoy (computer work and interacting with students/professors) but it is also constantly varied in the scope of projects and new technical or software elements that I get to play with!
Favorite Quotes: "You can never be overdressed or overeducated." - Oscar Wilde

Name:Robert Cooley
From: Raleigh, NC
Class Year: 2020
Major: Economics
Favorite Foods: Pizza, Steak, Ice Cream
Favorite Movies: The Dark Knight, Step Brothers, The Departed
Hobbies: Watching Sports, Hiking, Kayaking, Golf
Why work for the GDL?: I've always had a passion for technology and wanted to experience working in an environment focused on technological resources in a global setting.
Favorite Quotes: "Life's a bit like mountaineering, never look down." - Sir Edmund Hilary
Name:Lilly Gillespie
From: Memphis, TN
Class Year: 2022
Major: Global Politics and Romance Languages
Favorite Foods: Macaroni & Cheese and Ice Cream
Favorite Movies: Forrest Gump, Father of the Bride, Pride & Prejudice
Hobbies: Playing tennis, hanging out with friends, reading
Why work for the GDL?: I love studying languages and this is a great way to interact with professors and students.
Favorite Quotes: "First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H. G. Wells novel." - The Dowager, Downton Abbey
Name: Kassi Hall
From: Naples, FL
Class Year: 2020
Major: French and Global Politics
Favorite Foods: Guac 
Favorite Movies: Pride and Prejudice
Hobbies: Golf, Lacrosse, and hanging out with friends
Why work for the GDL?: I love to learn about and introduce others to global opportunities at W&L and in the outside world. I have always loved languages and learning about different cultures in the global community, so the GDL already felt like home.
Favorite Quotes: "I haven't been to Walmart since 1998. I made a pact with God that if I go ever again, he would strike me dead." - ZB
Name: Allie Lefkowitz
From: Houston, TX
Class Year: 2020
Major: European History
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."
Name: Sarah Leonard
From: Manahawkin, NJ
Class Year: 2020
Major: Biochemistry
Favorite Foods: Reese'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: Juliana Lima
From: Christiansburg, VA
Class Year: 2020
Major: Integrated Engineering - Geology
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:Julie Lowe
From: Birmingham, AL
Class Year: 2021
Major: Undeclared
Favorite Foods: Sushi
Favorite Movies: Gone Girl
Hobbies: Track & Field, music
Why work for the GDL?: I want to better my knowledge and skills of various computer and technology programs, as well as be more connected in the overall W&L community.
Favorite Quotes: "I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious." -Michael Scott
Name: Trang Nguyen
From: Hanoi, Vietnam
Class Year: 2020
Major: English, Chinese
Favorite Foods: Rice
Favorite Movies: Reply 1998
Hobbies: Reading, Writing poetry, Watching reality shows
Why work for the GDL?: This is the place where I feel most appreciated and connected with on campus. I also learn a lot and make some good friends here.
Favorite quotes: "Stop searching forever, happiness is right next to you." - A fortune cookie.

Name:Drew Weinstock
From: Davidson, NC
Class Year: 2020
Major: Global Politics and Business
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

If you wish to become a GDL Assistant, you may complete an application.