2008 Fall Conference: Speakers

September 25 - 27, Radisson Plaza Lexington

Hotel | Registration | Schedule | Speakers | Workshops | EXHIBITORS

Toni Theisen (Keynote Speaker)

Toni TheisenToni Theisen currently teaches French at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado where she is also the Thompson District World Languages and Cultures Curriculum Representative and the World Languages and Cultures department chair at Loveland High School. She was a part of the first group of national World Languages and Cultures teachers to receive World Languages other than English National Board Certification in French in 2002. She has a Masters of Arts Degree in Foreign Language Teaching and French from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters of Arts Degree in Education of Diverse Learners from the University of Phoenix. Very active in the foreign language profession, Toni has presented many workshops for the national, regional, and state conferences and has authored several articles on Multiple Intelligences, Differentiated Instruction, and language learning strategies and technology and tools for the 21st century learner. She has participated on a variety of professional committees including the task force for the Colorado Model Content Standards Project and the teacher standards committee for Colorado Teacher Licensure. She also served on the standards committee for the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards for World Languages Other Than English. Toni served as President of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Teachers in 1988-89. As an Executive Board member for the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) from 2001-2005 Toni served as the national program chair for the 2004 and 2005 annual conferences. She is the co-author of Bon Voyage and a co-author of the EMC/Paradigm French Level I and Level II series, C'est à Toi. Toni has received many awards including the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for the Teaching of Culture, The Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT') Outstanding Teacher Award and the 2002 Genevieve Overman Memorial Service Award from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT). She is currently the SWCOLT Foreign Language Teacher of the year.

Janet Glass (Featured Speaker)

Janet GlassJanet Glass has a career in language teaching that spans almost 40 years. She began with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a Master's in the Secondary School Teaching of Spanish. She has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She's currently teaching Spanish at the Dwight-Englewood Lower School and is an adjunct professor at New Jersey City University. Janet received a fellowship and two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has received the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey award for Outstanding Contributions to Foreign Language Education and was honored by Dwight-Englewood School for teaching excellence and creativity. Prior to working at Dwight-Englewood, she was a co-owner of a private language business in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. She had previously served as a bilingual guidance counselor for a public high school in the Bronx, New York City. Ms. Glass has made numerous contributions to professional journals and has been a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. She has been involved in professional development for school districts and through various Institutes both in New Jersey and outside the State. In November 2007, Janet was named the 2008 ACTFL teacher of the year. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language's National Language Teacher award is designed to recognize excellence in classroom teaching in any language at any level, K-12.