Dr. Donna Clementi, a 38-year staff member at Concordia Language Villages, is the former director of education and research and now consultant and lead instructor for Concordia Language Villages teacher education sessions and professional development. She is also the founder of the Master of Education in World Language Instruction program at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.
She collaborates annually with the University of Minnesota’s summer assessment course for language teachers. She also teaches a foreign language methods course at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. She is a recognized expert in world language performance assessment. Clementi received the Florence Steiner Award for K-12 language leadership given by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the National District Supervisor of Foreign Languages Award given by the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL). She was recognized by the Wisconsin Association for Foreign Languages (WAFLT) as Wisconsin’s Distinguished Foreign Language Educator. Clementi received her Ph.D. in education leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.
Dr. Salah Ayari is an Assistant Professor of Arabic in the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University. He served as director of the Arabic and Asian Language Office at Texas A&M University for five years. Since 2009, he has led short-term study abroad programs to Tunisia, Morocco, Kuwait and Qatar. Ayari served as principal of Al-Amal School in Minneapolis, MN for seven years. He has taught Arabic at K-16 levels for more than 15 years. He designed the Arabic curriculum for the Arabic Language Village and has been involved in Concordia’s STARTALK program for Arabic language educators. A native Arabic speaker from Tunisia, Ayari has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota.