About

NYSAFLT will strive to:

  • promote the study of languages and cultures as outlined in the state and national standards;
  • serve all areas of language study including the Classics, Heritage Languages, English to Speakers of Other Languages, Bilingual Education, Native American Languages and American Sign Language;
  • view foreign languages as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary education;
  • view foreign languages as an integral part of the core-curriculum;
  • serve as a model for the interweaving of content and pedagogy;
  • serve as a clearinghouse for research and information (e.g., exchange programs, grants, courses, study opportunities);
  • encourage the foreign language educator to engage in action research for the classroom;
  • foster and promote articulation with and among all levels of foreign language learning;
  • provide and serve as a resource for quality professional development and lifelong learning;
  • provide a network of support services to the foreign language educator;
  • respond to the changing needs of foreign language professionals;
  • assume the responsibility to develop future leaders in the foreign language profession;
  • serve as a liaison to other professional and educational organizations.

For more information about NYSAFLT’s Strategic Planning goals for the future, please click here.

Robert J. Ludwig - 1918-2011

Robert J. Ludwig – 1918-2011 | FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NYSAFLT

Our History

The New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers was founded in 1917.  Its purpose was, and remains, to serve the needs of the profession dedicated to the development of second language skills and cultural awareness among students.  The creation of NYSAFLT marked an important step in enabling schools to give their students an informed and sensitive global perspective in an era of international turmoil.

Since that time the same spirit has motivated foreign language teachers and served as the basic inspiration for this vibrant organization.

Each year the Association offers its members:

  • A network of communication with colleagues throughout the state.
  • Opportunities for professional growth through conferences and workshops regionally and statewide.
  • A direct link with the State Education Department.
  • An advocate’s voice among the members of the Board of Regents and the state’s legislators.
  • Various support services designed to enrich teachers’ professional lives.

PAST PRESIDENTS OF NYSAFLT

1946-47 Winthrop H. Rice 1990 John Webb
1947-50 Charles Choquette 1991 Nancy Wallace
1950-52 J. Allen Pfeffer 1992 Mary Champagne Myers
1952-54 A. Harold Bagg 1993 Al Martino
1954-56 Glenn Waas 1994 Helene Combopiano
1956-58 Lincoln Canfield 1995 Carol Reed
1958-60 Lucy A. Massey 1996 Elizabeth Bossong
1960-62 Robert M. Browning 1997 Michelle Bloom
1962-63 Judah Lapson 1998 David Graham
1963-69 Robert J. Ludwig 1999 Janine Manley
1969 Sr. Rose Aquin Caimano 2000 Don King
1970-71 Sharon Moore 2001 Marie Guillet
1972-73 Joseph Tursi 2002 Joan Militscher
1973-74 Gladys Lipton 2003 Dawn Santiago-Marullo
1974-75 Paul Cincinnato 2004 Patricia Ann Ryan
1976 Warren Born 2005 Linda Zusman
1977 Maryalice Seagrave 2006 Louis Baskinger
1978 Marcella DeMuth 2007 Joanne O’Toole
1979 Robert Sherburne 2008 Paul Sabatino
1980 Patricia Sweet 2009 Sue Barnes
1981 Kay Lyons 2010 Susanne Hochmuth
1982 George Castellanos 2011 Nancy Ketz
1983 Anthony Papalia 2012 Mary Holmes
1984 Russell Webber 2013 Deborah Carlson
1985 Paul Wood 2014 William Anderson
1986 Shirley Sherburne Zimmer 2015 Francesco L. Fratto
1987 Anthony DeNapoli 2016 Candace R. Black
1988 Brenda Benzin 2017 Marie J. Campanaro
1989 Nancy McMahon