OUR MISSION

  • To promote and improve the teaching of world languages and cultures;

  • To provide continuing professional development; and

  • To encourage the spirit of cooperation among world language educators in Kansas.

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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF ELECTED OFFICERS (2019-20)

 

PRESIDENT
Amanda Benavidez-Williams

 

KSWLAPresident
@gmail.com

 

(785) 832-6050
 

Free State High School
4700 Overland Drive

Lawrence, Kansas 66049

VICE PRESIDENT
Marilee Marsal

 

KSWLAVicePresident
@gmail.com

 

(316) 686-0152
 

The Independent School
8317 E. Douglas

Wichita, Kansas 67207

PAST PRESIDENT
Heather Potter

 

KSWLAPastPresident
@gmail.com

 

(316) 794-4230

Goddard Middle School
2700 S 199th St W,
Goddard, KS 67052

SECRETARY
Alyssa Rumple

 

KSWLASecretary
@gmail.com

(316) 973-6300

 

Wichita High School North
1437 N. Rochester
Wichita, KS 67203

TREASURER
Nan Bergen

 

KSWLATreasurer
@gmail.com

 

(316) 284-6280

Newton High School
900 W 12th St.
Newton, KS 67114

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

 

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be willing to participate in monthly Executive Council Skype meetings as non-voting members as asked by the acting KSWLA President.

  • Be the liaison between the members of KSWLA in the region and the KSWLA Executive Council. 

  • Serve on ad-hoc committees (such as the Election Committee) per request of the President.

 

OUR HISTORY

The oldest Bulletin in our archives is for October, 1956. However, the oldest copy of the minutes of the annual meeting is dated November 6, 1931. At that time, we were known as the Kansas Modern Language Association (KMLA). In 1968, our name officially became the Kansas Foreign Language Association (KFLA), in order to include teachers of Greek and Latin and to affiliate with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Most recently, in October 2004, we voted to change the organization's name to the Kansas World Language Association (KSWLA). This is intended to diminish the 'foreign-ness' of language learning, to extend membership to teachers of North American native languages, and to encourage teachers of English to speakers of other languages in becoming members.

PAST PRESIDENTS

 

2018-2019  Heather Potter

2017-2018  Sheree Willis

2016-2017  Hollie Timson
2015-2016  Grant Moss
2014-2015  Meagan Meneley

2013-2014  Jan Denning

2012-2013  Mike Flenthrope

2011-2012  Megan Buell

2010-2011  Mary Smith

2009-2010  Leah McKeeman

2008-2009  Melanie Adams

2007-2008  Chuck Thorpe

2006-2007  Jerry Smartt
2005-2006  Karen Tritt

2004-2005  Erin Joyce

2003-2004  Tatiana Sildus

2002-2003  Jane Bodecker

2000-2002  Lois O’Malley

1999-2000  Mary Alice Schroeger

1998-1999  Peggy Bachelor

1997-1998  Penny Armstrong

1996-1997  Carol Swinney

1995-1996  Debbie Withers

1994-1995  Julie Phares

1993-1994  Ruth Firestone

1992-1993  Lyn Bement

1991-1992  Corinne Anderson

1990-1991  Terry Lindberg

1989-1990  Jean Dawson

1988-1989  Mary Rogers

1987-1988  Colleen Gray

1986-1987  Max Klamm