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Ritter to Serve as President of Language Educators Association

CONTACT: Jessica Taylor
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ALEXANDRIA, VA (DECEMBER 3, 2018) -- The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce that Lisa Lilley Ritter will be the new President of ACTFL for 2019. Ritter served as President-Elect for the 2018 term following a three-year term as a member of the ACTFL Board of Directors. Her term as ACTFL President will begin on January 1, 2019.

Ritter has a strong understanding of the workings of ACTFL and its needs through her service on the ACTFL Board as President-Elect, Treasurer and a member of its Executive, Finance, and Convention committees. Particularly significant has been her committee work in bringing innovations to the San Diego, Boston and Nashville and New Orleans conventions. She brings 25 years of experience with Springfield, Missouri Public Schools where she taught Spanish and served as a coordinator of its International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. As her district’s World Language Curriculum Chair she planned professional learning opportunities for its teachers across K-12 and six languages. She retired from Springfield Public Schools two years ago and currently works part-time with the district’s English Learners.

A National Board Certified Teacher, Ritter was the 2010 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year which has given her the opportunity to work with educators throughout the country. She served as President of the Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM) and on the Board of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL). A frequent presenter at local, state, and regional conferences, her sessions have been featured as the Best of Missouri and CSCTFL All-Star.  Previously recognized as Missouri’s Distinguished Foreign Language Educator and the CSCTFL Teacher of the Year, Ritter has always considered her greatest honor to be the opportunity to open the doors of the world to her students.

Ritter received her bachelor and master’s degrees from Drury University and completed study abroad programs in Spain with Purdue University, in Mexico with the University of Missouri and in Costa Rica through the Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense. Believing in the power of immersion experiences for students, she organized several 25-day study/homestay programs to Costa Rica. She has also led tours for language educators, most recently to Cuba with other ACTFL members and was involved with methods courses at three local universities.

“The major theme of my presidency is empowerment,” Ritter said. “Language learning is more important than ever in developing the next generation of leaders who possess intercultural competence. I want to inspire others by showcasing language educators and learners who have empowered themselves in these challenging times to extol the benefits of speaking another language.”

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 12,000 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.

Monday, December 3, 2018