CCUSD’s Maria Cristina Ladas – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Board of Directors

Christine Ladas

Cave Creek Unified School District is pleased to announce that Cristina Ladas, World Language Coordinator, has been added to the ACTFL Board of Directors for K-12.

ACTFL’s media release read, originally an elementary bilingual teacher, Cristina now coordinates the World Language & Immersion Programs in Cave Creek Unified School District (PK-12th) in a suburban area of north Phoenix. Cristina helped shape CCUSD into a state leader with 83% of all students participating in robust Spanish/French/Chinese Immersion Programs, FLEX & FLES models, middle school daily core language classes through AP/IB levels at the high school. Prior to this work, Cristina co-authored over $4.2 million in federal grants to support language learning (OELA).

ACTFL is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.  ACTFL has more than 12,000 active members.

Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent said, “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 is the only public school district offering its students world languages (Chinese, French and Spanish) Pre-K – 12.  For more information, contact Cristina at or by calling 480-575-2000.