"Foreign language study is simply part of a very basic liberal education: to “educate” is to lead out, to lead out of confinement and narrowness and darkness."
-Renate Latimer, Associate Professor Emerita of German, Auburn University
Greetings! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Melanie Reynolds and I’m so very delighted and greatly honored to be named your incoming president for OFLTA. My family and I live near Ada, OK where I teach Spanish Intro, I and II, as well as ESL. We live in the country where we enjoy life with our grandchildren, two dogs, and a cat. We enjoy reading, traveling, attending the Dallas Symphony, Theatre, and Opera, as well as an occasional baseball game.
As this coming school year rapidly approaches, I know that there are many pressing issues on the hearts and minds of educators across the state of Oklahoma. While there are no easy answers to such difficulties such as school funding and other political issues, there are certainly things we as educators can do. For example: ADVOCACY for the urgent need of World Languages education and the approval of the SEAL OF BILITERACY that has been adopted across many states.
“It may be one of the game changers that will help us turn the tide in this country and help us focus on raising a multilingual citizenry,” said Marty Abbott, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages when
speaking about the Seal of Biliteracy.
If we are truly serious about aiding our students in reaching their full potential as proficient users of their L2, we must as members of a community of professionals dedicated to the continuance of World Language studies reach out to the society around us and try and help them see how great the need is. We must help them understand the importance of the pursuit of multicultural studies and the value of using other languages in today’s global society. There has been no greater time than the present to advocate for World Languages. We can do our best to bridge the information gap that seems to be so prevalent in today’s world of bureaucrats, and I’m asking each of us to reach out to those in position of power, such as lawmakers, superintendents, school principals, parents, and other stakeholders that may lend a listening ear to our cause. Together we can make a difference. We all have a wonderful opportunity to be part of OFLTA and be a CHANGEMAKER for the benefit of World Language studies.
I do so look forward to the time and resources we will share together in this year. We may be living in uneasy and uncharted waters in the world of education as daily we face new challenges of budget constraints and unrealistic expectations of those outside the world of education, but I know that the World Language Teachers of Oklahoma will rise to the occasion. As language enthusiast and educators, we must do our best to help raise awareness in the value and enrichment learning another language brings to one’s life. Together we can work to see the changes come about that will bring positive outcomes for the youth of our state. Together we win. Join OFLTA today!
Ada Junior High School
BA English / Education Spanish Endorsement
MATL Spanish and ESL
(580)310-7260 Ext: 8121
Officers and Members of the
OFLTA Board of Directors
Carina Plett, NBCT
Dr. Cathleen Skinner
Dr. Maria Teresa Moinette
Liaison for Native American Languages
Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya
Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Russian
Dr. Cathleen Skinner
Maria Teresa Moinette
At Large New Teacher Liaison
Social Media and Webmaster
Dr. Donna Shelton
OK Foreign Language Council of College Chairs
Dr. Lowell Dunham
Ex-Officio, Director of WLOE at the OSDE
Whitney Stafford-Najibi, NBCT
OFLTA Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Oklahoma Foreign Language Teachers' Association