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Learn about the people of WIDA

WIDA's diverse staff hail from around the world to around the corner. A number of our researchers and developers are nationally known experts in the fields of language development, education policy and psychometrics. Many of our professional staff are former teachers themselves, or have personal or career backgrounds in language arts or linguistics. What all WIDA staff have in common is a shared commitment to social justice for linguistically and culturally diverse children.

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Jennifer Voorhees

Accommodations & Accessibility Specialist
Phone:
(608) 890-2483
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Joy Pfeiffer

WIDA Administrative Coordinator
Phone:
(608) 263-2735
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Kei Bishop

Psychometrician
Phone:
(608) 890-4269
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Kimberly Varnell

WIDA Assessment Director of Operations
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Laurene Christensen

Assessment Researcher
Phone:
(612) 275-6238
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Marcy Olson

Assessment Content Specialist
Phone:
(608) 262-6140
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Mark Chapman

Director of Test Development
Phone:
(608) 890-0519
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Narek Sahakyan

Associate Researcher
Phone:
(608) 263-4827
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Nicholas Kraninger

WIDA Data Warehouse Analyst
Phone:
(608) 263-7168
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Sakine Gocer Sahin

Psychometrician
Phone:
(608) 262-7594
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