19 Dec President’s Message – Sue Robertson
My term as FLAVA President is coming to an end, and I would like to thank each of you for your support over the past two years. From the executive board, advisory council, vision team, and affiliates to each individual member, FLAVA has grown as an organization because of your dedication and devotion.
Without a doubt, FLAVA has accomplished much by creating recognitions such as the Future World Language Educators program for high school students interested in teaching languages and a Novice Teacher award, advocating on the national and state levels for the promotion of language study which helped to defeat House Bill #2125 in committee, and continuing our interactive workshops and spring conferences, etc. This past fall’s conference was indeed special for so many reasons, but the highlight for me was our keynote speaker, Akash Patel. I love seeing on social media how many of you are using his resources to bring different parts of the world into your classrooms.
Representing you at NECTFL, SCOLT, and ACTFL was a true pleasure, and it was rewarding to see how well respected and admired our organization is on these levels. Although FLAVA has much to be proud of, we must continue to maintain and grow our programs and to support world languages at every given opportunity.
Dr. Dick Kuettner of Washington and Lee will assume the position of President on January 1, 2020. Joining him on the executive board will be Heidi Trude as President-elect, Stephanie Stockman as Communications Coordinator, Dr. Kathryn Murphy-Judy as Treasurer, JoAna Smith as Conference Coordinator, and I as Immediate Past President.
Between now and the first week of 2020, our website will undergo some changes and improvements by Angela Gunder, our Webmaster. So, please be patient should you find our website unavailable!
Again, it has been a pleasure to serve as FLAVA President, and I am truly indebted to each member for your loyalty and encouragement. May 2020 bring much success to FLAVA and to each of you as you continue to represent world languages on a daily basis!
Vobis maximas gratias ago,
President, Foreign Language Association of Virginia