Vanessa Bertelli

Vanessa Bertelli

Executive Director and co-founder

Under Vanessa’s leadership, DC Immersion built a network of local and national influencers and experts, and shifted the paradigm around bilingual education in DC through targeted research, advocacy and leveraging existing best practices from other states. Prior to that, Vanessa advised private sector companies, not-for-profits and inter-governmental organizations on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. She holds a law degree from Université de Lausanne, a masters of laws from University College London and a master in business administration from INSEAD. She is quoted regularly in publications such as The Washington Post and The Atlantic. vanessa@dcimmersion.org
Linsey Silver

Linsey Silver

Director of Teaching and Learning

Linsey has over 15 years of experience working on collaborative problem solving using quantitative and qualitative research and making it accessible through visual communication tools. She worked on major product launches for many national and local non-profits in the areas of health, early childhood development, education and global affairs, including the InterAmerican Development Bank and the U.S. National Park Service. Linsey has designed and led the implementation of DC Immersion’s communications strategy and education and outreach campaigns. She holds a degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government from American University and a Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts. She has been a faculty member at American University and is an award winning graphic designer and multilingual publications expert. linsey@dcimmersion.org
Johanna Barrantes

Johanna Barrantes

Commuity Outreach Strategist

Johanna is an education professional with eight years of experience inside and outside the classroom. She will be supporting our efforts to engage and empower families and community organizations in the District to promote access to more bilingual programs in our schools. Johanna grew up bilingually and understands the benefits it can bring, both academically and in the workforce. Johanna is currently learning French. johanna@dcimmersion.org
Renee Metellus

Renee Metellus

Research Assisstant

Renee is an M.Ed student at American University with a focus on Education Policy and Leadership. She holds a B.A. in French Studies and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Renee is loves to travel and is passionate about working to allow youth from all cultural backgrounds the opportunity to explore and interact with all that the world has to offer. She has studied and taught English in France, and has served as a tutor and mentor in Chicago. Renee is proficient in French and has limited proficiency in Haitian Creole. renee@dcimmersion.org
Nick Huang

Nick Huang

Volunteer Research Associate

Nick is working on quantifying the benefits of dual language programs and multilingualism in the DC context. When not volunteering at DC Immersion, Nick is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, working on his PhD in linguistics. Before starting his PhD, he worked in consulting and business development. He is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese and knows some Malay/Indonesian. nick@dcimmersion.org
Tam Nguyen

Tam Nguyen

Volunteer Coordinator

Tam is a young professional, who currently works for a bi-partisan consulting firm on Capitol Hill.  Previously, she spent two years teaching ESOL, Reading Intervention, and Adult ESL.  Tam graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2013 with a Master of Public Policy; and, Rice University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) in Political Science and French Studies.  During her formative years, she attended French immersion public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Tam speaks French and Vietnamese and has limited proficiency in Spanish. tam@dcimmersion.org
Joshua Myers

Joshua Myers

Communications and Development Intern

Joshua is an undergraduate student at Georgetown University majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Classical Languages and French. Previously, he spent two summers working at City Hall in Hoboken, NJ as an assistant to the Director of Communications. Outside of DC Immersion, Joshua volunteers as a research assistant in Georgetown’s Linguistics department. joshua@dcimmersion.org

Daiyang Zhang

Daiyang Zhang

Communications and Development Intern

Daiyang graduated from Georgetown University in 2019 with a M.A in Communication, Culture and Technology, focusing on East Asian Studies. She holds a B.A in International Economics and Trade from Fudan University, Shanghai. Prior to her internship in DC Immersion, she worked as reporter and assistant to director in several Chinese news agencies. Daiyang is a native Chinese speaker and has intermediary proficiency in Japanese. daiyang@dcimmersion.org

Dear Families, educators, and partners,

In 2020 we announced that the DC Language Immersion Project would close its doors due to lack of resources. However, before completely dissolving the organization, we recently asked a group of local and national educators if they - individually or collectively - would be interested in continuing the work of advocating for multilingual education in the District of Columbia. We are pleased to announce that a few individuals responded yes and volunteered to forge a plan to continue this vital work.

So, we are not closing our doors but we are entering a six-to-twelve-month period of dormancy as we determine the best path forward for the DC Immersion Project.  Thank you for your continued support and please stay tuned for updates.

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