Iowa World
Language Association

Secretary: Melissa Newell

Hello! I am Melissa Newell, K-12 French/Spanish teacher, currently teaching elementary Spanish in a proficiency-based program for the Van Meter School District. I hold a Master’s in Spanish from Central Connecticut State University and a Bachelor’s in French and Spanish from Iowa State University. I began my teaching career in 1997 in Ankeny before moving to Connecticut, California, Austria and then back to Iowa! Some of you might recognize me from my .03 seconds of fame in the Señor Wooly video, Feo!

I reside in Waukee where I am entertained by my two children. Outside of spending time with family, I love singing, playing musical instruments, writing, reading and talking about the wonders of life! I love teaching and am passionate about sharing ideas regarding language acquisition. Since moving back to Iowa in 2013, I have been presenting with my team from Van Meter around the midwest. I have aspired to be part of the IWLA team for several years and am at a stage in my life where I now have time to dedicate to and further explore my professional passions. I believe that I have the experience and the skills to excel in the position of secretary. I am positive, organized and as I mentioned before, I LOVE writing! If elected, I will organize the minutes for all IWLA meetings, maintain IWLA email blasts, update the IWLA website, and be prepared to assist at any time! I view this position as a long term commitment and look forward to working with the IWLA team for years to come!

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