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Abbott Named Executive Director of ACTFL

CONTACT: Howie Berman
703-894-2900, ext. 106

October 17, 2011, Alexandria, VA – The ACTFL Board of Directors has named Martha Abbott as the Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Abbott has served ACTFL as the Director of Education since 2004. Prior to joining ACTFL, she was the Director of High School Instruction in the Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) and also served as its Foreign Language Coordinator and as a high school teacher of Spanish and Latin. Abbott has also taught briefly at the elementary and postsecondary levels. She has held a wide variety of leadership positions including President of ACTFL in 2003, Chair of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in 1999, and President of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia in 1996. She earned her B.A. Degree in Spanish with a minor in Latin from the University of Mary Washington and her M.S. in Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University.

In announcing the appointment, ACTFL President Barbara Mondloch said, “The search committee went through a rigorous search process that was open to those both inside and outside the language profession. We are very pleased that the search resulted in Marty’s appointment. She has demonstrated experience as a strong educator, leader, collaborator and stellar advocate for the ACTFL mission.” Abbott took over the helm officially on October 12 stating, “I look forward to working collaboratively with the Board of Directors to sharpen the focus of ACTFL’s mission in providing vision, leadership, and support for quality language teaching and learning.”

More than 12,000 language teachers and administrators throughout the U.S. and around the world belong to ACTFL. The association provides advocacy leadership, publishes Foreign Language Annals scholarly journal and The Language Educator magazine and is presently spearheading the Discover Languages…Discover the World! sustained public awareness campaign to call attention to the importance of language learning.  Each year, ACTFL convenes the country’s largest conference and exposition serving the language education profession, offering more than 700 sessions and workshops and featuring more than 300 exhibits.


1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA  22314
Phone: 703-894-2900   Fax: 703-894-2905

Monday, October 17, 2011