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President's Letter Winter 2012

Season’s Greetings from The NHAWLT Board,

At this time of year we reflect on all of the positives in our lives.  Of course family is always number one; but for me, my students are also a wonderful positive in my life.  As a teacher since 1975, I have lost count of how many students I have taught.  But for the most part, I fondly remember each of them for what they have accomplished and for what they have taught me along the way.  Teaching is a wonderful profession.  No two days are similar.  Each day brings something new and with that another chance to instill in our students the love of learning another language.

We, in the teaching profession, have been profoundly affected by the tragedy at Sandy Brook Elementary School.  We stand and salute and bow our heads and pray for the children and their heroic teachers who lost their lives on December 14.  I see my students in much brighter light this week and realize how much of an impact teachers can make in the lives of their students.  I applaud you all for the wonderful work that you do each and every day for all of your students.

With all of that stated, I do have a few business items that I need to share.  First and foremost, The NHAWLT Board wishes to congratulate Kara Jacobs who has been selected as The NHAWLT Best of NH for her workshop at the NHAWLT Conference.  Kara has graciously accepted to present her workshop at the annual NECTFL Conference in Baltimore on March 7-10, 2013.  Please come and support Kara at the NECTFL Conference.  We hope to see many of you there.

Willamarie Moore, Head of School Programs and Teacher Resources at The MFA, wishes to make it known to all teachers in NH that a new program - The McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program allows all school groups from NH free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Details can be found at: http:www.mfa.org/programs/school-programs.

Amanda M.G. Seewald from NECTFL has asked that we advertise that “The Sans Inc./Mead leadership fellows program this year represents a great opportunity to showcase the best and brightest in your state.”  If you are interested in applying for this, please send your proposal to me at the following address.  Mary Chamberlain, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 197 Dover Point Rd, Dover, NH no later than December 31 as I will need to submit our state choice to NECTFL by January 5, 2013.  I may also be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This is my final letter as president of NHAWLT.  It has been my pleasure to serve the teachers of NH in this capacity.  I work with a group of highly devoted educators in NH who give their time and energy to serve on The NHAWLT Board.  Some of our members have left the board and we are in need of new people to join us.  If you are a member of NHAWLT and are interested in attending our next meeting in February, please contact me and I will send you specifics about the meeting.  We need new members to keep this board running to best serve language teachers in NH.  I wish you all Season’s Greetings and a wish for a relaxing and fun-filled Christmas Vacation.  You all deserve the very best.

Sincerely,

Mary Chamberlain

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