President’s Letter-December 15, 2011

It seems as though our conference was a lifetime ago!  But in reality it was last month.  Thank you to all who came and celebrated our craft of teaching. Based on the survey that many of you took the time to complete, we will be returning to Meredith next November and will then return to Manchester for a two year stay.

World Language Teachers are very special people.   We not only prepare our students to communicate through the spoken word, we also teach them the culture of the target language which prepares them to be global learners for the 21st Century.  This is such a hectic time for all of us.  We are finishing up lessons and in some cases preparing our students for Mid-term Exams.  We have visions of oral presentations dancing in our heads.

But alas, The Holidays approach.  We need to take this time to rejoice in the love of family and the friendships we share.  We need to rejuvenate our spirits for the second half of the school year.  I, along with the entire NHAWLT Board, wish you a very merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukah and a New Year full of joy and accomplishments.  May you find peace and the time to refresh just in time to begin 2012!  May this be a year of health and happiness for us all.

A special congratulations to Corey Henderson of Inter-lakes High School who was voted best of New Hampshire for his workshop on Differentiated Instruction.  Corey will represent the state of New Hampshire by presenting at the 2013 NECTFL Conference.

Joyeux Noël

Feliz Navidad

Fröliche Weihnachten

Felix Saturnalia

Happy Hanukah

Mary Chamberlain

NHAWLT President

Greetings NHAWLT Members,

We are all in the process of wrapping up the first term of 2011.  School started with a bang and has yet to let down.  Those of us in high school have once again survived Spirit Weeks, Pep Rallies and here at Saint Thomas Aquinas our first Saints for Action Community Service Event.  And of course we are all still finding time to teach and to prepare our students for what lies ahead in the 21st Century.  The more that I teach, the more I realize the importance of teaching “the whole student”.  Not only are we teaching our students how to speak another language, we are also teaching them the value of learning another culture and how to treat everyone with care and dignity.  We are building relationships that will follow our students for years to come. I am looking forward to our annual NHAWLT Conference on November 4-5 at the Inns & Spa at Mill Falls in Meredith, N.H.  This is always a time of renewal for me.  I connect with people I often see but once a year.  I have the chance to attend presentations from esteemed colleagues.  I learn new things that I can bring back to my classes.  I step out of my tiny universe and get in touch with all of the wonderful initiatives happening throughout the state of N.H.  This year, for the first time, we will have several teachers from Vermont attending our conference which will offer another view on what is happening in another state.  Teachers seldom have the chance to pamper themselves. The Inn and Spa at Mill Falls is a wonderful place to come and enjoy our time with colleagues.  I look forward to speaking to as many of you as possible.  This is my first conference as President of NHAWLT and I hope to make it a wonderful event for all of you.  There is still time to register if you have not yet done so.  See you at the NHAWLT Conference!

Mary Chamberlain
NHAWLT President

President’s Letter- Summer, 2011


Ah….summer! This is such a time of revitalization for teachers. We spend more quality time with family and friends. We enjoy the simple pleasures of gardening, reading what we want to read and savoring 2 cups of coffee in the morning while the birds are singing in the trees. I am spending my first summer as a grandmother, and the time I am able to spend with my grandson is absolutely priceless.

How many times have we heard that teachers have it made because they only work ¾ of the year? How well we all know that when we are teaching, we are working a 6-7 day week and our work does not stop when school ends. We need this summer vacation to heal our weary bodies, minds and souls.

But alas, August has arrived and as we all know, the school year will begin either at the end of this month or the beginning of September. I have mixed feelings. I want an endless summer, yet I miss my students and my colleagues. I’m starting to think of the new ways that I will challenge my students, and how I will prepare them for the technological future while still keeping the integrity of what it is to learn a second language.

The NHAWLT Board had a day- long meeting in July at which time we planned our annual conference which will be held this year at Church Landing, Mill Falls in Meredith, N.H. Please save the dates of November 4-5 to share in a wonderful experience full of presentations, exhibits and great camaraderie among World Language teachers from all over New Hampshire. I was fortunate to attend the wedding of a colleague at this destination just a few weeks ago. I am happy to report that there is a beautiful new meeting room which will house our exhibitors as well as our continental breakfasts and breaks. The staff at Mill Falls is thrilled to have us back. If you have attended a conference here before, you understand when I say that it is truly a vacation destination and a very special place. If you have never been, you are in for a wonderful surprise! We look forward to seeing many of you at this conference.

As you can see, our NHAWLT Website has changed. Thanks to the expertise and dedication of four of our NHAWLT members, I am happy to report that our new site has taken into consideration many of your comments that were made regarding our site after last year’s conference. Very soon you will see a registration form for the 2011 conference. Registration promises to be a very easy process this year. This year we are asking that everyone register on-line to make this process smooth for your convenience as well as the dedicated folks behind the scenes.

In conclusion, enjoy these last precious weeks of summer vacation. Do something special for yourselves. After 35 years of teaching, I am very grateful to be in a career that continues to stimulate me and which forces me to always be a student myself. How lucky we are to be World Language Teachers.


Mary Chamberlain


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