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ACTFL Announces New President-Elect for 2014

CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900

Orlando, FL – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announced the 2014 President-Elect of the organization during the Opening General Session of its Annual Convention & World Languages Expo, November 22, in Orlando, FL.

Jacqueline Bott Van Houten was elected by the ACTFL membership in the most recent Board Election held in October.

Van Houten is the World Language & International Education consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education, where she develops standards, coordinates visiting teacher from Spain and China programs, and provides professional development to teachers and administrators statewide. Prior to her state work, Jacque taught French at the elementary, high school, and university levels.

“Congratulations to our new ACTFL President-Elect, Jacque Van Houten,” said Toni Theisen, ACTFL President. “An accomplished leader in our field, Jacque brings her expertise in world languages education and her passion and commitment to advancing language learning in our country.  ACTFL is honored and delighted to have such a powerful professional serve in this position.”

Van Houten will serve as ACTFL President in 2015.

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