David (Andy) McDonie has taught French for 10 years in Chillicothe, OH, where he also serves as coordinator for the World Languages department. He discovered OWL at a workshop in 2014 and has been using its methods to drive his students toward proficiency ever since. When not teaching, he enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with his wife and 2 children.
Annie has been a part of the OWL Community since it’s birth. She was introduced to the methodology after becoming Darcy’s student teacher while completing her Masters in the Arts of Teaching in 2009. Annie has travelled extensively in Spanish-speaking countries and learned her second language outside of the classroom with no verb charts, no translation, and no units in a textbook. As a result of her successful language learning experiences abroad, she has unwavering confidence in the Six Goals of OWL as exemplary guidelines for acquiring a second language. Over the past four years, Annie has taught at the middle, high and collegiate levels and is currently teaching adult conversational classes.
Jaclyn Hathaway-Rubé is Communications and Logistics Manager of Organic World Language and OWL Consultant. She has been teaching Spanish at the Middle School and High School level since 2006. After first being introduced to OWL in 2014 at OWL Bootcamp, Jaclyn dove head first into the methodology and watched an amazing transformation of her classroom, students, and beliefs in foreign language education. With a passion for creating OWL classrooms around the world, Jaclyn has dedicated her time to growing the OWL community.
Darcy is the Founder of Organic World Language (OWL), and began developing the methodology in 2003. Her work is based on second language acquisition research, student motivation, and best teaching practices. Focusing on creating a space for second language to be naturally acquired, she believes in placing emphasis on students developing language through movement, social interaction, play and 100% immersion. The key element is the importance of creating community in the classroom while putting the student in the center as the curriculum. Darcy received her Bachelors in Spanish and Education from Western Oregon University and her Masters in Spanish Literature from University of Northern Iowa, Tec de Monterrey en Querétaro, México. She has 14 years teaching experience and for the past three years has been presenting at national conferences and working with schools to implement OWL internationally.