Elizabeth Dentlinger, Spanish teacher at Nevada High School
I am running for Vice President of the IWLA because I feel a calling to help other world language teachers. I grew up in Michigan and I fell in love with Spanish while taking classes at Fruitport High School. I continued my language study at Western Michigan University where I graduated with a B.A. in Secondary Education for Spanish, English, and Communications. I have taught Spanish for six years, and this is my first year as a Cub at Nevada High School. I recently earned my M.Ed. in World Language Instruction from Concordia College after creating and reflecting on a Content-Based Instruction unit on sustainability within the target culture and school community in an Integrated Performance Assessment model.
In addition to sharing my love of Spanish with students, I enjoy helping other world language educators by sharing my journey as a Spanish teacher on my blog and Twitter, mentoring world language teachers, and making connections at the IWLA fall conference. After presenting at the IWLA fall conference, I began assisting with IWLA's social media accounts. I enjoy sharing world language resources and promoting our events and accomplishments, but I am becoming increasingly more interested in advocacy of and for our discipline and feel I can do this better as VP of IWLA. I want to continue the terrific strides made by past IWLA presidents while focusing on growing our membership, exploring how technology can help IWLA members connect year-round, and helping IWLA teachers as needed. Thank you for your consideration!
Mindy Euken, World Languages Curriculum Coordinator at Des Moines Public Schools
I have taught Spanish for 11 years and currently work to ensure quality experiences for all students through support and advocacy for language teachers as the World Languages Curriculum Coordinator for Des Moines Public Schools. I developed and taught the Heritage Spanish program that is currently taught in many schools in Des Moines. In addition, I am leading the creation of vertically aligned curriculum and standards-reference grading practices using the Iowa World Language Competencies for all the languages taught in Des Moines. I serve on the Des Moines Public Schools Equity Committee and as an Adjunct Professor in the area of Cultural Proficiency at Drake University.
I am passionate about providing authentic, inquiry-based, student-centered opportunities for all students to engage in and love learning about languages and culture. I am an advocate for teachers and world language programs and would be honored to serve as a leader for the members of the IWLA.