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Hello, Colleagues!

Once again it is election time for FLAVA as we go about the process of selecting a president-elect and a communications coordinator. Nominations and self-nominations have been submitted.  The Elections Committee has reviewed submissions and has now declared official candidates for the running.

Information about candidates for the two positions can be found by going here The information includes photos, bios, and candidate statements.  You have a month to review this information, and starting on Saturday, 02 October 2021, at 1:00 PM, ballots will be available for casting your votes.

Our polls will be open from 02 October 2021, until 1:00 PM on 08 October 2021.  If you are a current member of FLAVA you will receive a link to the ballots.  Only members of the organization may vote for its leadership.

If you are not a current member of FLAVA, yet on our mailing list, we encourage you to join.  Note that membership normally goes from fall conference to fall conference as it is included in the fall conference registration fee.

If you plan on attending the FLAVA fall conference in October 2021, register prior to 01 October and your membership will be activated for voting.

The Elections Committee will announce election results at the closing of the fall conference, on Saturday, 09 October 2021.

We encourage you to remain or become a member of FLAVA.  Over the course of the last few years, we have begun some significant initiatives for the benefit of world language educators’ professional growth.  By voting for the right leaders, we will be able to continue and build upon these same paths and discover even more ways to move the organization in a forward direction.

As always, our best to you.


Dick Kuettner, President

Linda Fowler-Jones, Chair
Elections Committee

  • The At-A-Glance schedule for our fall conference is now available here!...

  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools is in need of a full time long term substitute Spanish teacher. Please email or call Zach Neumann, K-12 World Languages Instructional Specialist, at or 757-263-1469...

  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools is in need of a full time high school French teacher. To apply, go to Please email or call Zach Neumann, K-12 World Languages Instructional Specialist, at or 757-263-1469...

One Virginia, Many Languages


FLAVA’s Fall Conference will be held virtually. We look forward to spending Thursday – Saturday 7-9 October 2021 sharing and learning together.

Click here for more information!




Rachel Thompson, 2020 David Cox Award Recipient

Virginia World Language Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to the FLAVA 2020 Award Recipients!  

David Cox Award – Rachel Thompson, Spanish Teacher at Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools


Marshall Brannon Award – Dr. Luis Guadano, Associate Professor of Spanish and World Cultural Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk


Helen Warriner Burke Award – Dr. Ruth Ferree, retired professor of Education at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and former French teacher at Albemarle High School, Charlottesville

About Us

We are a growing, dynamic organization of professionals in education and business, students, and all those who have a common interest in promoting and utilizing world languages to accomplish their various goals.

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We advocate for world language education on behalf of members at the local, state, and federal levels.  We promote online opportunities to educate the public about the benefits and issues related to language learning.

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For almost a decade, FLAVA has offered interactive, online workshops through the auspices of the Washington & Lee University’s Global Discovery Laboratories, webcast throughout the region as part of our mission for professional growth.

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Our fall conference serves as a primary means of fulfilling our mission in gathering the community around the association’s business, and our spring conference provides an opportunity to recharge and learn the latest theories and practices in language learning.

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