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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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Christina Nelson

Professional Learning Specialist
Phone:
(816) 766-2799
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Christopher Paulus

WIDA Educator Outreach Specialist
Phone:
(608) 265-9228
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Courtney Skare

WIDA Communications and Marketing Specialist
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Deedric Bauer

Assistant Director of Customer Service
Phone:
(608) 265-1443
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Demetria Joyce

State Relations Early Years Specialist
Phone:
(404) 717-6282
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Fatima Rivera

WIDA International Program Specialist
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Heather Buettner

Director - Communications and Market Expansion
Phone:
(608) 358-6611
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Janessa Davis

WIDA Educator Outreach Specialist
Phone:
(608) 890-1279
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Jen Aleckson

Assistant Director, Communication & Marketing
Phone:
(608) 890-1812
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