Kansas Chapter
American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese



We strive to provide quality professional development and collaborative opportunities to Spanish and Portuguese educators in the state of Kansas.



Alyssa Rumple


Stephanie García



KATSP updates & AATSP Announcements- June 2019


Dear KATSP Capítulo Girasol members,


Saludos a todos! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Please review the important announcements from our National Office below. Especially view the link for the 2019 Poster Contest winners since four of them are from Kansas! I am proud to say that three winners came from my Independent Lower School in Wichita. The 6-8th grade, 2nd place winner was a student from Flint Hills Christian School in Manhattan. Congratulations to all of the Kansas and National Poster Winners!


Who is going to the Annual Conference in San Diego? Let me know and I will connect you all! If there is information you learn that could be shared with our members, please pass them along to me and I will be happy to share. Thank you for (unofficially) representing our Capítulo Girasol! There is still time to go if you have not registered. See details in the AATSP announcements. 


There was a huge turnout for the Martina Bex PD day in Wichita on May 31st! The interest and attendance by far exceeded our expectations. Thank you to everyone for their attendance and to Alyssa Rumple, Casey Bell and Rocio Del Aguila for their hard work in organizing this event. You can access Martina's handouts from the event here. What PD would you like to see in Kansas and what area of the state would you like to see it in? We are always looking for ways to offer World Language Professional Development to our members.


Speaking of Professional Development, this years Kansas Impact Institute at Washburn University will feature Mike Flenthrope, Coordinator for World Languages in the Olathe School District. He will be presenting about "Creating Tasks and Activities for the World Language Classroom" in two sessions on Thursday, June 27th from 9:10-3:30. Registration deadline is June 17th and it's only $25! For more information and to register, visit their website


The 2020 Spanish Language Competition date has been announced. Mark your calendars for Friday, April 3rd at the WSU Rhatigan Student Center. More details to come in 2020 but know for sure that we have reviewed all the ideas and suggestions from last year's competition and look forward to making this competition even better! Visit and Like the KATSP Capítulo Girasol - Sunflower Chapter FB page for more details. 


Finally, watch for more details about the Spanish Immersion Day for MS & HS Students. We have a confirmed Wichita location for this event for Friday, December 6th 8:30-2:30 and are looking to add events in Colby, Pittsburg and Atchinson. Thank you to those who completed the survey for this! Again, you can visit and like the KATSP Capítulo Girasol - Sunflower Chapter FB page for more details. 


Feel free to contact me with any questions, comment, ideas or anything you would like me to share with our members. Also a warm welcome to all our new members. Have a great summer!



Marilee Marsal

2019 President KATSP 

Kansas Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese


Important announcements and reminders from the National Office:

  1. The online registration period for our annual conference in San Diego has passed. However, if you missed the online registration deadline, you can still join us in San Diego and register on site. Conference dates: July 8-11.

  2. Click here to see our 2019 annual award winners. Nominations for our 2020 awards will be due a bit earlier next year—by March 1, 2020.

  3. A BIG congratulations to our Chicago Chapter for being selected as the AATSP 2019 Chapter of the Year!  They will be honored in San Diego during both the Chapter Assembly and the Celebration Dinner. 

  4. Take a look at the attached document for a list of all our Study Abroad Scholarships and Conference Travel Stipend recipients. Again, applications for our 2020 scholarships and travel stipends will be due a bit earlier next year—by January 15, 2020.

  5. The 2019 AATSP Board of Directors online voting period will be October 1st through the 30th. Look for AATSP voting reminders this fall.      

  6. Have you seen our 2019 K-12 Poster Contest winners? Click here to view all the winning entries. Encourage your students to submit entries next spring for our 2020 contest.

  7. The 2020 NSE Registrations period will be November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020. Visit their website for details:https://www.nationalspanishexam.org/

  8. Our Hispania journal is pleased to announce the creation of a new section of Short-form Articles, which will accompany our existing array of Research Articles. Short-form Articles are editorially reviewed, instead of undergoing external peer review, and consist of only 1,500 to 3,000 words.  Visit their website for more details: https://www.aatsp.org/page/Hispania

  9. Start thinking about putting together a presentation proposal for our 102nd Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico next summer! Proposals will be due by October 30, 2019.  

  10. If you plan to request AATSP brochures and fliers for a local conference in your state later this year, please let me know soon (this summer) so we can make sure we have enough materials for the fall.  

  11. If you are a Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) chapter sponsor, please visit this new website for important reminders and tips: https://www.aatspshh.org/sponsors

  12. For more Chapter information and guidelines, visit our website aatsp.org, go to the Programs & Activities tab, and click on AATSP Chapter Information.  

  13. Remember to send a chapter representative to our AATSP Chapter Assembly at our conference in San Diego. The Chapter Assembly will take place on Tuesday, July 9th from 8 to 9:45 am.  


Thank you and have a great summer!



Dieter A. Waldvogel, Ph.D.

Director of Operations

American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (AATSP)