Message from the President – May 2023

Message from the President – May 2023

May 2, 2023

FLAVA President’s Message – May 2023

Greetings, FLAVA Members!


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!! I know some schools are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week the first week in May and others are celebrating it the second week. No matter when your school is celebrating YOU, please know how much FLAVA appreciates you! I am so grateful and blessed to work with such amazing World Language educators here in Virginia! I am also thankful for all of my former teachers and professors for being such great role models and inspiration for me. I would not be where I am today without these wonderful and amazing educators. To all of you, I say thank you!!!!

I know that this year has not been easy, but you are doing your best and showing up each day for your students and your colleagues. No matter how you are celebrated this week, I want you to know that YOU are an AMAZING TEACHER and I hope that you can take some time this week or next week to acknowledge all the wonderful things you are doing.

There is so much exciting FLAVA news to share this month and I am so excited to share all these updates with you!

Last month we shared how proud we were of Shane Goodpasture, for representing us as the Best of FLAVA at SCOLT. We were recently notified that Shane was named Best of SCOLT 2023 and will be representing SCOLT and FLAVA at ACTFL 2023 in Chicago! We are so proud of Shane and know he will do an amazing job at ACTFL!

The Spring Conference was held on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Washington & Lee University. A huge thank you to Dr. Dick Kuettner and the staff of Washington & Lee University for hosting our Spring Mini Conference! Thanks to all of the presenters and attendees for a great day of language learning and sharing!

Please welcome Dr. Amanda Romjue as the new FLAVA Conference Coordinator. Amanda is a Spanish Professor at Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA and has many years experience in organizing conferences. She is very enthusiastic and looks forward to serving FLAVA. Be on the lookout for FLAVA Fall 2023 Conference (October 12-14, 2023) updates coming from Amanda in the near future.

As we welcome Amanda to the Board, we also say farewell to Dowler Wheat. Dowler has stepped down as Conference Coordinator. We appreciate her service to FLAVA and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

We look forward to welcoming all of you to FLAVA 2023: Adapt & Empower on October 12 – 14, 2023 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. The call for proposals is now open and we look forward to receiving your proposals! We are very excited to welcome Ben Tinsley as our Keynote Speaker this year. Ben is an absolutely amazing world language educator and mentor. I know Ben’s message will empower and inspire each of you.

It’s now time for YOUR help! It’s time to…

Submit a proposal for the FLAVA Fall 2023 Conference, FLAVA 2023: Adapt & Empower on October 12 – 14, 2023 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Submit a proposal at: The deadline to submit is May 15, 2023.

If there is anything FLAVA can do to support you or your students, please do not hesitate to reach out at any time. I truly appreciate each of you and all that you do for World Languages in VA and beyond!

With much appreciation,

Heidi Trude

President, Foreign Language Association of Virginia

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