Welcome to the Virginia Organization of World Language Supervisors (VOWLS) webpage

If you arrived to this page looking for the Virginia Foreign Language Supervisors Association (VFLSA), do not fear!  We are still here, but under our new name VOWLS - the Virginia Organization of World Language Supervisors.


Thank you to our March 2018 meeting sponsors!


We are celebrating the passage of HB507 and HB1156 this year thanks in part to VFLSA advocacy! We are keeping a close eye on HB443 which has raised some red flags. Please reach out to your legislators to share your opinions!

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.

Karina Prudencio - Treasurer

Karina Prudencio was born in Bolivia and came to the US in her mid-twenties after marrying her high school sweetheart who brought her to live to Virginia. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Business in Bolivia she continued her education in the US by obtaining a second undergraduate degree in Economics from George Mason University. Following her passion to become an educator she became a career switcher obtaining an endorsement to teach Spanish and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Spanish literature from the University of Granada in Spain. Karina began teaching Spanish at Little Run Elementary School and has worked in Fairfax County Public Schools for the past 15 years. While in the school, she served as lead mentor for new teachers at Fairfax, while also playing a role of mentor to students at risk through the MentorWorks program. For the past three years, Karina has served as the resource teacher for elementary programs in the World Languages Curriculum office. In this role she supervises the FLES-LTC Program which has 54 schools and 80 participant teachers. She helps to design and deliver the curriculum as well as provide professional development for teachers while still providing individualized coaching and consultation as needed.

As a new member of VFLSA Karina is more than happy to join this network of extraordinary people
and is looking forward to becoming a part of the team as treasurer. She values the important role of the organization in finding ways to share areas of expertise across the state as well as combining resources to keep Virginia's world language programs strong.

From the Virginia Department of Education

Dr. Lisa Harris
VDOE Specialist for Foreign Languages
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