Conference

WHO WE ARE

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.

To advocate for languages.

 

2021 - 2022

Executive Council of Elected Officers

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PRESIDENT

Amanda Mendoza

(620) 341-2365

Emporia High School

3302 W. 18th Ave.

Emporia, KS 66801

Rachel Benson

VICE PRESIDENT

Rachel Benson

(913) 239-4000

Blue Valley Schools

15020 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66223

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PAST PRESIDENT

Marilee Marsal

(316) 536-2277

Circle High School

905 Main St

Towanda, KS 67144

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SECRETARY

Billie-Renee Knight

(785) 969-4141

Hayden Catholic High School
401 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS 66604

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TREASURER

Hannah Rood

(316) 973-5450

Wichita High School South

701 W. 33rd St. 

Wichita, KS 67217

ADVOCACY CHAIR

Carmen Elizabeth Wilson

(785) 209-8688

Manhattan High School

​2100 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502

KSDE WORLD LANGUAGES PROGRAM CONSULTANT

Dr. Regina Peszat

(785) 269-1891

Kansas Department of Edu.

900 SW Jackson St.

Topeka, KS 66612

MEMBERSHIP REP NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Joshua Elliot

(620) 563-7292

Southwestern Heights HS

17222 Mustang Rd

Kismet, KS 67859

NORTH CENTRAL REP

Teresa Kearn

(785) 747-7520

Linn Schools

300 Parkview Street

Linn, Kansas KS 66953

KANSAS CITY REGIONAL REP

Monica Cabrera-Johnson

(816) 535-8036

Washington High School

7340 Leavenworth Road
Kansas City, KS 66109

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL REP

Alexander Olinger

(620) 805-5400

Garden City High School

2720 Buffalo Way, Garden City, Kansas 67846

 
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DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Regional Representatives

Be willing to participate in monthly Executive Council Zoom 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.

 

ABOUT US

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.

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FORMER TERMS

Past Presidents

2020-2021 Marilee Mckenna-Marsal

2019-2020  Amanda Benavidez-Williams

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