The WAFLT Nominating Committee is pleased to present a ballot for WAFLT President-Elect for the biennium 2020-21 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 2021-23, President 2023-25, and Past President 2025-2027.
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 Spanish.
Please read the qualifications of each candidate carefully. Vote for one candidate. You may cast your vote online.
My aspiration for becoming WAFLT president can be summed up in two words: support and advocacy. Now more than ever, we need to support and advocate for all world language students, educators, and programs. World language is a necessary component to prepare our students for a global society, and in today’s climate, it is more important than ever that we continue to remain at the forefront and to maintain our seat at the table where decisions are being made and priorities are being set.
In order to support all world language educators, I will work to increase membership in both WAFLT and our collaborative AATs by providing outreach to expand the Global Scholars, Seal of Biliteracy, and respective AATs recognition programs. These programs are excellent ways for each of us to promote and validate our programs within the community. I plan to continue WAFLT’s collaboration with our language consultant at the DPI to continue promoting and supporting the state standards in World Language. In addition, I will support our endeavors with ACTFL to promote and support MOPI training to ensure more world language educators are trained in this excellent professional development opportunity.
In order to advocate for all world language educators and all world language programs, I will create a go-to tool kit for teachers that includes press releases, letters of support, and other resources for expanding district language programs. I will also establish a state-wide advocacy committee that works with state lawmakers, school boards, and administrators to educate and advocate for world language expansion programs and to work with teachers in districts that may try to reduce language programs.
My involvement with WAFLT has been the most rewarding and the most vital component of my success in my world language classroom. It has been an honor to serve on the WAFLT Executive Board for the last several years, and I hope to be able to serve this incredible organization and all of its members as WAFLT President.
- Onalaska High School, Spanish Levels 1 through AP 2005 – present
- St. Mary’s University – Twin Cities, Teaching Licensure 2005 the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Spanish with a Business Concentration 2004
- AATSP – WI Teacher of the Year 2018 AATSP – WI Teacher of the Year 2014
- WAFLT Member Renewals
- WAFLT Grants and Scholarships Chair
- AATSP – WI NSE Coordinator
- World Language Curriculum Chair, School District of Onalaska
- Spanish Club Advisor
- Spanish National Honor Society Advisor (SHH)
- Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language Leadership Workshop
I am honored to be considered for the role of President-Elect. I have been a member since I was in my college methods class at Marquette University in 2010. I attended the Fall Conference thanks to the Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Teachers, and my world was forever changed. I realized at that moment the power that collaboration and professional organizations have on teachers in a profession who are often overlooked at the school level when it comes to professional development.
Since that year, I have attended the Fall Conference nearly every year, and every year I’ve left with new ideas and a renewed passion for teaching Spanish. The true beauty of WAFLT is that it goes well beyond the annual conference. I have also benefited from the Summer Institute, FLES Fest, and collaborating with new friends I’ve met through conferences that teach in other districts.
As language teachers, we play an essential role in our schools, as we incorporate cultural diversity and international understanding into work regularly. We wear many hats, organizing international exchanges, student trips abroad, speaking competitions for our students, honor societies, and much more. WAFLT is our number one advocate and such a supportive organization to help us be the best language teachers we can be.
As a WAFLT leader, I will do absolutely everything possible to support world language teachers in Wisconsin, and promote the study of world languages and cultures. I would also like to establish a scholarship for teachers to attend the conference who may work in districts where there isn’t financial support for professional learning, and teachers even have to pay for their own substitutes. It would be incredible to have scholarships for the “department of one” teachers as well as urban educators, in particular. I would also like to promote more frequent, free, webinars, and digital professional development for teachers.
- Marquette University, B.S. in Spanish and Education, 2011
- Concordia College, M.Ed. in World Language Instruction, 2017
- Adjunct Spanish Professor, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 2016-Present
- Spanish Teacher, New Berlin West High School, New Berlin, Wisconsin 2014-Present
- English Teacher, Colegio Santa Maria, Salta, Argentina, 2013
- Long Term Substitute, West Bend West, Muskego High School, St. Francis High School, 2011-2012
- WAFLT Future Language Teacher Award, 2010
- AATSP Park-Sihocky Award for SHH Chapter of the Year Sponsor, 2016
- Outstanding Scholarship Award, Concordia College, 2017
- WAFLT member, 2010-Present
- Conference presenter, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019
- Social Media Support, 2013
- Award Committee, 2015
- Workshop Marshal, 2019
- AATSP member, 2011 and 2014-Present
- State Director, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, 2018-Present
- AATSP Wisconsin Board of Directors, 2018-Present
Teaching and Advising Duties
- Spanish 2, 2014-2017
- Spanish 3, 2015-2016
- Spanish 4, 2014-Present
- Spanish 5 (Dual Credit Spanish 204), 2016-Present
Capítulo El Sol de la Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Advisor, 2014-Present
Chapter of the Year 2017
- Academic Decathlon Coach, 2016-Present
- Maker Champion, School District of New Berlin, 2017-2018
- Social Emotional Learning Committee, 2019-Present
- College and Career Readiness Committee, 2019-Present
- Canvas Guru, School District of New Berlin, 2020-Present