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.

Owen Stickney '23

From: Rocky River, Ohio
Major: American Politics
Favorite Quote: "And he lived happily ever the end of his days"― Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

Tanajia Moye-Green '23

From: Mulberry, Florida
Major: Sociology
Favorite Quote: “A lifetime ago, I too sought the stones. I even held one in my hand.
But it cast me out, banished me here, guiding others to a treasure I cannot possess.”

Jiayue Wang '23

From: Nanjing, China
Majors: Global Politics with minors in Mass Communications and Theater
Favorite Quote: "To lose your path is the way to find that path."― BTS, "Lost"

Neissa Usanase '24

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

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


Josh Love '24

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

Maddy Mayer '24

From: Dublin, Ohio
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 Akedola '24

From: Abuja, Niegria
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 examp.le, 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



Matthew Fritz '25

From: Reston, Virginia
Major: Computer Science 
Favorite Quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"― Wayne Gretzky 

Yan Zhihuan (Sherry) '25

From: Wenling, China
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