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.

Neissa Usanase

Neissa Usanase '24

From: Musanze, Rwanda
Major: Biochemistry
Favorite Quote: "One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised." - Chinua Achebe

Jenni Ealer

Jenni Ealer '24

From: Devon, Pennsylvania
Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Science
Favorite Quote: "Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistenly." - Maya Angelou

Nick Greene

Nick Greene '24

From: Mint Hill, North Carolina
Majors: Classics and Philosophy
Favorite Quote: "Well and what's cheese?  Corpse of Milk" - James Joyce 

Josh Love

Josh Love '24

From: Mechanicsville, Virginia
Majors: Japanese and Politics 
Favorite Quote: "alea iacta est" - Julius Caesar

Maddy Mayer

Maddy Mayer '24

From: Dublin, Ohio
Majors: German and Cognitive and Behavioral Science
Favorite Quote: "Don't get in the mud with the pigs. You just get dirty and the pigs love it." - My Great Grandma Tootie

John Adekola

John Adekola '24

From: Abuja, Nigeria
Majors: Accounting and Computer Science
Favorite Quote: "I love heroes, but I don't want to be one. Do you even know what a hero is? For example, you have some meat. Pirates will feast on the meat, but the hero will distribute it among the people! I want to eat meat!" - Luffy

Camryn Bostick

Camryn Bostick '25

From: Hellerton, Pennsylvania 
Major: Economics and Environmental Studies 
Favorite Quote: "Nature is not mute, it is man that is deaf" - Terence McKenna

Zhihuan (Sherry) Yan

Zhihuan (Sherry) Yan '25

From: Wenling, China
Physics & Global Politics
Favorite Quote: "非淡泊无以明志,非宁静无以致远。" ("Without detachment, there is no way to clarify the will; without serenity, there is no way to get far.") - Zhuge Liang

Yining (Jessica) Zhong

Yining (Jessica) Zhong '26

From: Shanghai, China
Major: Accounting
Favorite Quote: 昨日种种,皆成今我,切莫思量,更莫哀,从今往后,怎么收获,怎么栽。(Whatever happens in the past built into the present me. No need to dwell or mourn for it. Whatever happens in the future will build into the new me. How I plant the seed will determine how I harvest.)- Hu Shih