CCUSD’s Ladas is named to ACTFL Board of Directors

Cristina Ladas (Submitted photo)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Board of Directors
Cave Creek Unified School District announces Cristina Ladas, world language coordinator, has joined the ACTFL Board of Directors for K-12.

Originally an elementary bilingual teacher, Ms. Ladas now coordinates the World Language and Immersion Programs in Cave Creek Unified School District (PK-12th) in a suburban area of north Phoenix, according to a press release.

She helped shape CCUSD in to a “state leader” with 83 percent of all students participating in robust Spanish/French/Chinese Immersion Programs, FLEX and FLES models, middle school daily core language classes through AP/IB levels at the high school.

“We are proud to have such an accomplished educator like Cristina Ladas in our district and know she will be an asset to the K-12 ACTFL Board of Directors.” CCUSD Superintendent Dr. Debbi Burdick said in a prepared statement.

Prior to this, she co-authored more than $4.2 million in federal grants to support language learning, the release added.

ACTFL is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction, representing all languages, providing innovative professional development opportunities, along with training and certification programs.

In addition to widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine, ACTFL is a national voice among language educators and administrators and sets standards and expectations for high quality language programs with more than 12,000 active members, the release stated.

CCUSD is the only public school district offering its students world languages including Chinese, French and Spanish, Pre-K – 12, the release said.

For more information, contact Ms. Ladas at or call 480-575-2000.

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