The WAFLT Nominating Committee is pleased to present a ballot for WAFLT President-Elect for the biennium 2015-16 that carries the names of two dedicated language teachers with records of service to our association.
The candidate earning a plurality of votes will undertake a six-year period of service to WAFLT in the following two-year offices: President-Elect 2015-16, President 2017-18, and Past President 2019-20.
According to our constitution requirement to rotate the presidency among the languages represented on the WAFLT Executive Board, this year’s nominees for President-Elect have been selected from colleagues teaching French.
Please read the qualifications of each candidate carefully. Vote for one candidate. You may cast your vote online.
Lancaster Community Schools, Lancaster, WI
This school year marks my 40th year of teaching language. WAFLT has supported me every step of the way with advice, encouragement, high standards, and superb colleagues. It is time to give back.
The expectations we have for our novice teachers become more daunting every year. I know how much WAFLT helped me, especially in those early days when I was the lone world language teacher in my district. If this organization had not shown me the way, I doubt I would be in the profession today. I have had a great career and I want to help others have the same kind of experience. It takes a lot of work to make the magic happen in our classrooms. WAFLT is there to help with the work, to guide the pedagogy, and to support the success. It would be a privilege to work with the Executive Board in the continuation of that legacy.
- 1975–Bachelor of Arts-French and Speech/Theatre Education, UW-Platteville
- 1980-1989-Graduate Courses, Purdue University, UW-Madison and University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus
- 1975-Assistante d’Anglais, Lycee Baudelaire, Roubaix, France
- 1976-French Teacher, Lake Mills High School, Lake Mills, WI
- 1977-1986-French and Speech Teacher, Boscobel High School, Boscobel, WI
- 1986-Present-French Teacher, Grades 8-12, Lancaster Community Schools, Lancaster, WI
- AATF- 1980-Present
SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
- Presenter at six WAFLT Annual Conferences and at the Winter Workshop
- Founder of South West Wisconsin Language Teachers’ Association in 1991
- Presenter– Standards Workshops in CESA 3 schools – 1998
- WAATF Chapter President and Member of WAFLT Executive Board-1998-2000
- UW-System French Placement Test Committee-1987-1997
- Advisory Board to the Professional French Master’s Program at UW-Madison-2000-2010
- Chair of WAFLT High School Visitors’ Program-1999-2010
- Confucius Institute Advisory Board-UW-Platteville-2008-2010
- WAATF-Certificate of Merit-1991
- WAATF-Distinguished French Educator Award-2005
- Les Palmes Academiques-2013
- Co-founder of Sister School Exchange between Holmen, Lancaster, and Platteville, WI and Lycee Baudelaire, Roubaix France.
- Tour Leader—13 trips to France with students.
- Church Organist-1977-Present
- Religious Education Teacher -1990-2011
- WHSFA Coach and Judge 1976-Present
- Accompanist,WSMA music festivals 1976-Present
Marshfield Middle and High Schools
I am honored to be considered for the role of WAFLT President-Elect and I welcome the opportunity to serve my fellow language educators.
In my role as President of AATF-WI, I have already been a part of the Executive Board of WAFLT. I have seen the amount of work that goes into our Summer Institute, the WAFLT Conference, committees and our many WAFLT projects that benefit our members. These experiences will provide me with the background to help the Board continue to work effectively and efficiently.
On local, state and national levels, our language programs and educators are in need of support. In Wisconsin, our WAFLT organization brings us together to grow professionally and to collaborate on issues that are important to us as world language educators. I will continue to work for positive advancements in the field of language education.
As language educators, we are often the global center-points in our schools. We bring the strength of cultural diversity and international understanding into our schools. Again, WAFLT is there at the ready to help us be the best advocates for our programs and for language learning across the state. As a WAFLT leader, I will do everything I can to support our programs and promote the study of world languages and cultures.
Thank you for this opportunity to represent the Wisconsin language profession.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
- Coordinator, New Teacher Mentoring Program. Spearheaded creation of Mentoring Program to support new teachers. Researched effective programs and WI Department of Public Instruction requirements for Initial Educator mentor programs. Teamed up with administrators to establish goals and procedures for district. Developed and facilitated ongoing mentor and new teacher workshops. Assessed staff needs to customize support. (2010-2012)
- Career Pathways Development Committee. Established curricular and career ties in high school courses, through collaboration with business and higher education professionals. Developed pathways to guide students and guidance counselors in course selection for future success. (2007-2010)
- Educational Team Coach, Marshfield Schools Professional Learning Community. Coordinated Faculty Meeting agendas to ensure effective discussions on classroom curriculum, instruction, assessments and data analysis. (2011-2012)
- Educator Liaison, WI Global Youth Summit, with WI Department of Public Instruction and Global WI, Inc. ��Initiated and coordinated participation in Summit, engaging students, community members and educational leaders in efforts to globalize Wisconsin schools. (2013)
INSTRUCTION and PRESENTATION
- Presenter, Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers Conferences.
- Differentiated Learning and Teaching Styles in Language Classrooms (2010) Understanding personal instruction and learning styles to deliver successful educational strategies in the classroom.
- 21st C Global Connections in World Language Classrooms (2012) Addressed 21st Century Learning to advance communication in target language and expand global collaboration, including Edmodo, Skype, EPals, Prezi, YouTube, School Partnerships, and Sister Cities.
- Presenter and Advisor, PI 34 Licensing and PDP workshops. Central WI Uniserv Council. Coached and advised Wisconsin educators in constructing Professional Development Plans for continuing licensure. Assisted educators in writing effective goals and planning for professional growth. (2006-2013)
- 10-Director of Instruction, PK –12.
- 51-Principal, PK – 12.
- 355-French, 6-12.
- PDP Reviewer for DPI
FORMAL EDUCATION ��
- Marian College, Fond du Lac, WI (2003-2006) Master of Arts in Educational Leadership: Principal/Director of Instruction
- University of WI-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI (1998-2000) Educational certificate in French, grades 6-12
- University of MN-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN (1988-1994) Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design Minor:�� International Studies
- Study Abroad, Université de Paul Valéry, Montpellier, FRANCE (1993), Internship Abroad Loris Azzaro, Paris, FRANCE (1994)
- French Language and Culture Literacy Educator, Marshfield Middle & High Schools, grades 7-12, Levels I-AP. Founded Sister School partnership with Marseilles, France. Established Marshfield Chapter of National French Honor Society. Advisor for French Club, providing students with diverse opportunities to become involved global citizens.�������� (2000-present)
- Principal and Director of Instruction Practicums, Medford School District, WI. Evaluated certified staff to provide feedback on instruction. Created master schedule. Collected and analyzed data to effectively determine student performance and placement. Worked with administrative team to establish Rural Virtual School; Wrote grants, developed time-line and presented to the Board of Education. (2006)
- French Educator, Internship, Two Rivers Middle School. (Mar-June 2000) Taught French Language and Culture, grades 7-8. Supervised at-risk high school students.
- French Educator, Substitute and Student-Teaching, Wausau West High School. (Jan-Mar 2000)
- Substitute Teacher, Districts of Medford, Athens, Rib Lake, Gilman, Abbotsford. (1998-99)
COLLABORATIVE TEAM WORK
- Member, District Grading Task Force, Marshfield School District (2007-2009) Aligned grading procedures with best instructional practices.
- Leader, Foreign Language Professional Development (2007-present) Clarified World Language Learning Standards and Benchmarks. Developed Common Assessments and SMART goals to lead team discussions.
- Leader, 4Ward Character Education Initiative, Marshfield School District (2006-2008) Directed meetings and wrote successful grants. Incorporated 4Ward concepts into Social Skills and Works Skills ratings on report cards to effectively communicate to parents, employers, and higher education.
- Member, Marshfield Schools Professional Development Committee (2001-2007) Researched and developed Professional Learning Community model as part of working group. Developed district vision and action plan based on team research and collaboration.
HONORS/ ACHIEVEMENTS �� ��
- Teacher Exchange, American Friends of Russian Folklore, Russia, Smolensk District (2014)
- Recipient of a professional trip to Belgium for educators,sponsored byEuropean Union Centers of Excellence, visiting NATO, European Union Institutions, United States Mission and educational facilities (2013)
- School District of Marshfield Board Incentive Grant Recipient. Successfully wrote World Language Department grant for purchase of technology to facilitate communication practice in the target language (2007)
- Euro Challenge Advisor, preparing students for Mid-West competition at Chicago Federal Reserve, Wise Corporation (2014)
- EdTPA, Scorer for pre-service World Language educator examinations, Pearson Educ (2013)
- PRAXIS rater, French Language Examination, Educational Testing Services, (2012-2013)
- World Savvy Judge, Judged for student-created exhibits and presentations to solve real-world, international issues (2013)
- AP Exam Grader, Graded exams with an exceptional collaborative team, French Language and Culture, College Board, Princeton, NJ (2003) and Cincinnati, OH (2011)
- Committee Chair and Building Representative, Marshfield Teacher Association Facilitated meetings of MTA Mentor Committee.�� Collaborated with other MTA leaders on contractual topics. Liaison between educators and Marshfield Teacher Association leadership (2005-2012)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS ����������
- Central States Conference for Foreign Language Teachers, St. Louis, MO Teaching in the Target
- Language, Grant recipient to attend and present materials in Wisconsin (2014)
- EdCamp, Classroom Technology training, UW-Oshkosh (2012)
- Cooperating Teacher Course, UW-Stevens Point (2012)
- 21st Century Learning Conference, with Heidi Hayes Jacobs (2011)
- READ 180 Training (2010)
- Solution Tree Professional Learning Community Institute, with Robert and Rebecca DuFour and Robert Eaker, MN (2009)
- New Teacher Center of WI Trainings (2008-2010) Mentoring Conversations, Teacher Observations and Coaching, Analysis of Student Work, Differentiated Instruction, Staff Development.
- RtI trainings (2008)
- Certificaton, Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Institute (since 2008)
- EdVisions Charter School Institute, MN, project-based Charter School Development ( 2008)
- CHAMPS Seminar, Classroom Management Strategies (Summer 2007)
- DPI Charter School Seminar (Fall 2007)
- AATF-WI, American Association of Teachers of French-WI Chapter (2000-present) President, Wisconsin (2014)
- AATF, American Association of Teachers of Foreign Language (2000-present)
- AWSA, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (2005-present)
- ASCD, Association of School Curriculum Designers (2011-present)
- ACTFL, American Council for Teachers of Foreign Languages (2012-present)