Our staff works year-round to continue growing our programs and to bring the Bozeman community new and important language & culture opportunities.
Elizabeth Williamson ~ Executive Director Elizabeth Williamson is by training a geographer, cartographer and spatial analyst. After receiving her Masters in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences from MSU, she spent a decade focused on Northern Rockies wildlife conservation world as a project coordinator and manager. When her oldest daughter reached elementary age in 2013, she was part of the parent-initiated Friends of World Language - Bozeman. At that time, the group was earnest in their desire to see greater k-5 world language education opportunities in the Bozeman Public Schools. Through her leadership, she spearheaded the k-5 after school world language program's growth into all 8 Bozeman elementary schools. In collaboration with other language focused community members, Elizabeth went on to found the World Language Initiative - MT in 2017. She is the currently WLI-MT's Executive Director, focusing on the growth and sustainability of the organization, as well as the development of in-school day, summer camp, and adult world language and culture programming. Elizabeth with "die happy" the day that all Bozeman Area k-5 students receive world language and culture education in elementary school and when Arabic and Chinese are available k-12 to all Bozeman students.
Kristen Wolf ~ Lead Coach / Mentor Kristen (@LaLobaLista) completed her curriculum and instruction master’s degree at MSU in 2015. Her background as a Montessori & Spanish teacher has led her to understand the process of language acquisition and human development in truly meaningful ways. Kristen enjoys creating a community with her classes. La Loba Lista’s (the ready/ clever Wolf) teaching style is engaging, story based and supported by current language acquisition research (comprehensible input). She is a dynamic educator and presenter. Kristen recently earned the distinction of Montana Language Teacher of the Year for 2019. She is blessed with two children and a very supportive husband, as well as three dogs. Kristen loves getting outside and enjoying the beauty of Montana and its vibrant communities. She has travelled extensively and lived in Spain. She encourages you to come participate in or observe a class!!
Hannah Jacobsma ~ Program & Event Coordinator Hannah became intrigued by the French language from a young age through ballet. It wasn’t until college that she became fully engaged in learning the language, and ended up pursuing a degree in French. During that time, she lived 6 weeks in Arles, France, where she studied the History of French Photography. In college, she enjoyed the weekly French conversation group at a local coffee shop and performed in various multicultural language department performances. In the autumn following her college graduation, Hannah moved to Samatan, France, a village of just under 2,000 people. There, she was an English Teaching Assistant in a middle school and trade school. In this role, she loved teaching language through songs and stories, and enjoyed finding new ways to let students express their individuality and creativity through language. She also enjoyed teaching an adult English class at the local Samatan library! In January 2018, Hannah moved to Bozeman to work for an outdoor adventure camp for girls. She now works as a French coach, is the WLI-MT Program & Event Coordinator, and teaches K-5 ballet classes in Manhattan, MT! She is very passionate about empowering young people in all facets of life, and believes the power of cultural understanding can move mountains. She can’t wait to share the beauty of French language with her students this year.
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