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Rupert Elected President of Language Educators Association

CONTACT: Steve Ackley

February 2, 2010, Alexandria, Virginia –Barbara Rupert, the principal of Brookdale Elementary School in the Franklin Pierce Schools in Tacoma, WA, was elected as president-elect of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  The election results were announced at the association’s November Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in San Diego, CA.  Rupert begins a three-year term on the ACTFL Board of Directors Executive Committee and will serve as ACTFL President in 2011.

During her 25 years as an educator, she has taught Level I through A.P. Spanish in high schools and created and implemented a Foreign Languages in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program in her district.  She has provided professional development for school districts in several states and presents frequently at state, regional, and national levels.  Rupert has served on and been president of the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT), and the Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL). From 2006-2009, she served as the PNCFL representative to ACTFL.  She also served as chair of the ACTFL Convention and Professional Development committee and Program Chair for the 2008 and 2009 Conventions. She has received the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Education and was named Teacher of the Year Award by the Washington state chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  Most recently, Rupert received the 2009 Inspirational Leadership Award from WAFLT.

She began her Spanish studies at Western Washington University as an undergraduate student, and that background helped her acquire proficiency more easily when she had the opportunity to study abroad. She subsequently earned her Master of Arts from Pacific Lutheran University and is pursuing her doctorate at Washington State University. The focus of her dissertation is “Designing and implementing a dual-immersion language program in a low socio-economic district.”

ACTFL membership includes more than 12,000 language professionals from all levels of education and representing all languages.  The association provides these members with a wide variety of professional development opportunities, including training and certification programs.  All members receive the association’s two publications, the Foreign Language Annals scholarly journal and The Language Educator magazine.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010