Dear NHAWLT Members:

As the year draws to a close, it is time for me to say good-bye to my presidential duties at NHAWLT. For those of you at the Conference luncheon this year, you may recall that at 11:59 pm on December 31, 2014, I will be turning over my duties as president to long-term NHAWLT Board member, Celeste Feren, who is eager to get her two-year term underway.

Some of my favorite memories of my time as president included meeting and getting to know more of our members than I had previously. We tried some new things, worked with the State Department of Education to improve communication about the needs of our students, advocated for World Language as an essential part of the high school curriculum in our state, and are continuing to work with the department of credentialing to streamline the Alt4 certification process.

We tried some new things at the conferences. John Connor, our keynote speaker, was very popular this year, and we have secured John DeMado as next year's speaker when we meet again in Meredith. We expanded the hours available for professional development, came up with an easier tracking system for those hours, and held the cost of the conference at the same level for the past three years. We used a new registration system this year, and realized that we had some kinks to work out, like making sure that the schedule was easy to access before entering personal information, a situation easily remedied for next year's conference. And we tried giving the conference a theme this year, which received mixed reviews according to our conference surveys.

I know that Celeste will continue to work as I did, to improve access to professional development opportunities, make real-time communication with our members a priority, and to continue to work with the Department of Education while advocating for World Language students and teachers around the state.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. It has been an honor, and I know that you all will make your new president feel as valued and appreciated as I did.


Ursula Askins-Huber
President (until 1/1/15!), NHAWLT

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