From the President

March 12, 2015
The Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) held its annual conference in Atlanta March 5 and 6. We were there to witness our own Leni Bronstein, FLAVA Teacher of the Year, from Williamsburg Middle School in Arlington, be selected the 2015 SCOLT Regional Teacher of the Year. Each state in the 13-state SCOLT region may send one state language Teacher of the Year to the regional competition.

SCOLT winner Leni Bernstein (right) with Annette Waggoner

SCOLT winner Leni Bernstein (right) with Annette Waggoner

Leni was selected on the basis of her excellent teaching portfolio, letters of recommendation and an interview. She will now advance to the national competition sponsored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). During the ACTFL Convention in San Diego in November, she and four other regional teachers will vie for the title of ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. The teacher selected in November will serve as the national spokesperson for language learning in 2016.

Leni connects her students to the Spanish-speaking world through email exchanges and is proud to say that many of her middle school students have had the opportunity to meet their Pen-pals in Spain. Her students say “Sra. Bronstein gives every student equal opportunity to succeed,” and “She has a way of, when working with one student at a time, explaining things in the right way for that student to grasp the concept. She tailors her methods to fit the needs of the individual student.”

FLAVA proudly congratulates Leni on this important and significant award!

You may be the next Teacher of the Year. Nominations are open now.

Do not forget to register for our 2015 Conference - C’s the day!

Annette R. Waggoner

FLAVA President