Guest Bios

Meet the extraordinary people who are guests on “It’s About Language.” Get to know them, see what resources they’re sharing, and connect with them as you continue to find your voice and enter the conversation.


Introducing Krista Chambless (Episode 25)

Norah Jones’s guest for Episode 25 of It’s About Language is Dr. Krista Chambless, transformational (and fun) language educator, engaging students and training up powerful teachers for a global future.

Introducing Joy Peyton (Episode 24)

Norah Jones’s guest for Episode 24 of It’s About Language is Joy Peyton, President of the Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools and tireless advocate for honoring all languages and cultures.

Introducing Ricky Adamson (Episode 23)

Norah Jones’s guest for Episode 23 of It’s About Language is Ricky Adamson, world language educator, supervisor, trainer, publisher, and a man who knows the power of inclusion to change lives.

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Toni Theisen

Introducing Toni Theisen (Episode 22)

Norah Jones’s guest for Episode 22 of It’s About Language is Toni Theisen, award-winning world language educational leader and advocate for inclusionary programs, courses, and mind-sets.

Introducing Maria del Pilar Garcia (Episode 20)

Norah Jones’s guest for Episode 20 of It’s About Language is Maria del Pilar Garcia: author, educator, philanthropist, and inspiration to young people in the US and her native Colombia and beyond.

Introducing Lisa Fore (Episode 18)

This week’s guest, Lisa Fore, brings her personal sense of urgency to engage all people in a journey from a narrow to a broad, inclusive, and celebratory view of languages, cultures, and individual value.

Introducing Ines Lormand (Episode 17)

This week’s guest, Ines Lormand, makes a passionate and personal plea for early bi- and multi-lingualism based on her life experiences, work, advanced studies, and

Introducing Edgar Serrano (Episode 16)

This week’s guest, Edgar Serrano, brings his personal history and experience in business and education to a conversation on changing perspectives about peoples, cultures, and ourselves.

Introducing Sharla Zwirek (Episode 11)

This week’s guest on It’s About Language is Sharla Zwirek, who provides an insight into how we approach learning about the language and culture of others – and ourselves.

Introducing Amanda Seewald (Episode 10)

This week’s guest on It’s About Language is Amanda Seewald, who has us reflect on language and our connection or disconnection to family history and the human family..

Introducing Linda Egnatz (Episode 7)

Meet It’s About Language podcast guest Linda Egnatz,, whose mission is nothing less than to connect a diverse world of languages and cultures, one person at a time.

Introducing Andrés Pi Andreu (Episode 5)

My guest this week, Andres Pi Andreu, has a special relationship with imagination, making it the lead with dancing partner language. Explore with us the role of language and culture not only in the past, but for their roles in a future of digital “metahumans.”

Introducing Carolyn Gill (Episode 4)

In this episode of It’s About Language, I talk with Carolyn Gill, multilingual world traveler who works in the world language publishing industry. We explore the joyful take on “the Other,” those whose languages and cultures have so much to reveal to and delight us – and ours to them.

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