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ACTFL Announces New At-Large Board Members for 2014

CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900 x 110

Orlando, FL—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announced the election of two new at-large Board Members at its Opening General Session during the 2013 ACTFL Annual Convention & World Languages Expo, in Orlando, FL.

Aleidine (Ali) Moeller of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Juan Carlos Morales of the Delaware Department of Education were elected by the ACTFL membership in the most recent Board Elections. Both will begin their three year terms on the ACTFL Board on January 1, 2014.

Moeller is currently a professor of Foreign Language Education and serves as president of the National Federation of Modern Languages Teachers Associations (NFMLTA). She also directs an online graduate MA program in German language, culture and pedagogy (GOLDEN: German Online Distance Education Network) that provides graduate work tailored specifically for K-12 German teachers She previously taught German in public schools for 11 years, and served as President of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) from 1988-1989.

Morales currently works as the World Language and International Education Associate for the Department of Education of Delaware, where he and his team are leading an innovative Governor-created World Language Expansion Initiative that will bring more language learning opportunities to young students and help reshape teacher practices. Previously, he taught German and Japanese, as well as French and ESL at the high school level in public schools in Miami-Dade, Florida, in addition to ESL and introductory Japanese as an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College. He also served as director for World Languages and Cultures for the College Board’s AP Program, and was a finalist for the 2007 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award.

"We are very excited to have Ali and Juan Carlos serve on the ACTFL Board," said Marty Abbott, Executive Director of ACTFL. "Both bring a wealth of experience and unique talents to the leadership of the organization, and will be tireless advocates for the entire language educator community and the mission of ACTFL."

About ACTFL:
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,500 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Friday, November 22, 2013