Candidate Bios for 2018 Election

Jeremy Aldrich - Vice-President
I love people, language education, and laughing (not necessarily in that order). I have been in education since 2000, and have worked as a teacher (of ESL, French, and Spanish) and an administrator in Harrisonburg City Public Schools. I am currently working on my doctorate at George Mason University and also serve as President of the Virginia Dual Language Educators Network (VADLEN). I have been Vice-President of VFLSA since 2014 and am seeking a third term in this position.

VFLSA  - or whatever we're going to call it next - has been a lifeline for me in my work. This network of extraordinary people has been an amazing resource for knowledge, advocacy, and sometimes commiseration. I want to see us continue to find ways to share our areas of expertise across the state and to combine our resources to keep Virginia's world language programs strong. I am also interested in continuing to invite smaller and more isolated school divisions to join VFLSA to make sure every student in Virginia is experiencing a high quality world language experience.

Robert Parker - Treasurer

Robert Parker is a native of Maryland, but has worked in Fairfax County Public Schools for the past 9 years. After receiving undergraduate degrees in German and Spanish literature, followed by a Master’s degree in German literature, Robert began teaching German and Spanish at Woodson High School and Longfellow Middle school in FCPS. While in the school, he served as a department leader and lead mentor, while also playing a role at the county level of mentor and coach to all new language teachers to Fairfax, regardless of level of experience. Currently, Robert serves as the resource teacher for secondary programs in the World Languages Curriculum office. In this role he helps to design professional development for teachers while still providing individualized coaching and consultation as needed.

Although nominated for the treasurer position, Robert will bring with him, apart from an ability to balance the books, his extensive experience in planning for professional development and coaching teachers, with an overarching goal of helping supervisors statewide improve their PD offerings to meet the needs of teachers and encourage teacher retention.

From the Virginia Department of Education

Dr. Lisa Harris
VDOE Specialist for Foreign Languages
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VFLSA is a non-profit educational organization. 
The purpose of this association shall be:

1. To provide support to those individuals responsible for the supervision of foreign language programs at all levels of education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

2. To provide opportunities for Virginia foreign language supervisors to discuss and to take action on matters of common interest and concern.

3. To facilitate communication among foreign language supervisors in Virginia.

4. To promote and enhance the learning and teaching of foreign languages.