Our Team

Shannon Donnally Spasova, Editor-in-Chief

Shannon Donnally Spasova is an Assistant Professor of Russian and Technology Specialist at Michigan State University. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Slavic languages and literature and a master’s degree in instructional design from the University of Massachusetts.



Edwige Simon, Founder, Editor

Edwige Simon is the Faculty Director of the graduate certificate in Language Teaching with Technology at the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned a Ph.D. from the CU Boulder ATLAS Institute. Her work focuses on teacher professional development and technology integration in the language classroom.


Jonathan Perkins, Editorial Board

Jonathan Perkins is the Director of the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center and Director of the Open Language Resource Center at the University of Kansas, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures.  His work focuses on the creation of Open Educational Resources for foreign languages.


Molly Godwin-Jones, Technology Highlights Editor

Molly Godwin-Jones is a PhD student in the University of Kansas’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She earned a BA in German-English-Russian translation from Pyatigorsk State University (Russia) and a master’s in Russian Language and Literature from Boston College. She teaches all levels of Russian language courses at KU, where she is working on her dissertation on second language acquisition.


Jeffrey Samuels, Interviews Editor

Jeffrey Samuels is the co-founder, President and CEO of World Languages 360, a nonprofit organization focused on opportunities for language learners in workplace settings. He has a Ph.D. in Information Technology-Education from Capella University and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. He is a former Spanish language and Latin American History teacher with a longstanding interest in Computer-Assisted Language Learning.


Florencia Henshaw

Florencia Henshaw, Content Manager

Florencia Henshaw has a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now the Director of Advanced Spanish. Her research focuses on evaluating the extent to which different pedagogical tools and practices may benefit second language and heritage language learners.


Dan Nickolai, Site Manager

Dr. Dan Nickolai is an Assistant Professor of French and the Director of the Language Resource Center at Saint Louis University. He has a professional and educational background in the fields of Computer Science, French, and Second Language Acquisition. His current work focuses on developing web-based applications that support language learning, assessment, and research.