Message from the President-Elect

Milton Alan Turner, President Elect
French and Spanish Teacher, Saint Ignatius High School

2018 Elections

I would like to thank our outgoing OFLA board members Debbie Varga for serving as our Public Relations and Advocacy Chair, Kerry Parker for serving as Secondary Language Learning Committee Chair, and Shasha Gibbs for serving as Technology Integration Committee Chair. Following our elections earlier this year, we will be adding a few new and familiar faces to the OFLA board. Even though Lucas Hoffman is ending his term as Immediate Past President, we are fortunate to continue to benefit from his wealth of experience and wisdom as he will continue to serve as Executive Treasurer. Richard Emch will continue serving as Parliamentarian and Bylaws Committee Chair. We welcome back Cheryl Johnson from Denison University as Executive Vice President. Cheryl previously served on the board as Editor for Electronic Media. Angela Gardner of Ross High School also returns the Board as our new Public Relations and Advocacy Chair. Angela has previously served as the AATSP representative. We also welcome Leah Henson from Miami University who will serve as the Technology Integration Committee Chair and Maureen Gerber from Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools who will serve as the Secondary Language Learning Committee Chair.

Central States 2019

We look forward to seeing you in Columbus for the 2019 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/OFLA Conference March 14-16, 2019 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus. The theme for next year’s conference is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges, Promoting Proficiency.” Information about next year’s conference is available on the Central States web site at https://csctfl.wildapricot.org/page-1860371 . While the conference registration form will not be available until November, the hotel reservation site is now open to take advantage of the low conference rate which includes free in-room Wi-Fi. You can reserve your room at: https://book.passkey.com/event/49639130/owner/9521521/home

2018-2019 OFLA Year

The OFLA Board will meet in Columbus in August to plan for the new academic year. We are excited to serve Ohio’s talented and dedicated teachers and we hope to continue providing the high quality professional development, support, networking, and advocacy for which OFLA has gained a national reputation.