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 Education Studies. 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, print materials, and video conferencing with students and educators around the world as part of its mission.





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: David Gálvez
From: Virginia
Class Year: 2022
Major: Romance Languages
Favorite Foods: Ma'amoul, Peaches, Moelleux au chocolat, Menudo, Sushi, everything
Favorite Movies: Capernaum; J'ai tué ma mère, Fantastic Mr. Fox
Hobbies: Running, Reading, Resting
Why work for the GDL?: Having my advisor as my boss keeps me in check. 
Favorite Quotes: "Do work that matters. Vale la pena." - Gloria Anzaldúa 
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:Julie Lowe
From: Birmingham, AL
Class Year: 2021
Majors: Cognitive and Behavioral Science, Politics
Favorite Foods: Sushi
Favorite Movies: Gone Girl
Hobbies: napping
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: Owen Stickney
From: Rocky River, OH
Class Year: 2023
Major: Undeclared
Favorite Foods: Soft Pretzels and Spaghetti
Favorite Movies: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Hobbies: Listening to Audiobooks, Playing Board Games
Why work for the GDL?: In a digital age, one's ability to pair technology with communication is paramount to success. Working at the GDL provides a fantastic opportunity to expand this horizon.
Favorite Quotes: "And he lived happily ever the end of his days" - Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
Name: Mayahuel Hernandez
From: Amelia Island, FL
Class Year: 2022
Major: Global Politics
Favorite Foods: Tamales, Wings, Spam Musubis, Mango F’real, and Gummy Bears
Favorite Movies: High School Musical 1,2, and 3
Hobbies: Watching Dodger baseball, playing Secret Hitler with friends
Why work for the GDL?: It is a great opportunity to receive hands on training and experience working with technological software and equipment, all while helping members of the W&L community!
Favorite Quotes: “I have no idea what I’m doing, but I know I’m doing it really, really, well.” – Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation
“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world, and you have to do it all the time.” - Angela Davis
Name: Caroline Rooney
From: Prairie Village, KS
Class Year: 2022
Major: Business Administration, French
Favorite Foods: Sushi, Barbeque, Chocolate
Favorite Movies: Forrest Gump, Avatar, Cast Away
Hobbies: Tennis, Piano, Hiking, Spending time with friends, Indoor Cycling
Why work for the GDL?: I am passionate about community and connecting with others across cultures. I love the opportunity to accomplish these goals while fostering communication via technology at the GDL!
Favorite Quotes: “Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince