John CarlinoNYSAFLT is extremely pleased to announce our new executive director, Michael Mitchell.

Mike Mitchell has been a member of NYSAFLT since 2001. Serving as a director for the Capital Region and later as a volunteer for the Annual Conference Planning Committee, Mike has facilitated numerous workshops, served as AV Chairperson, Registration Chairperson as well as a member of the Public Advocacy Committee. Mike won a NYSAFLT Travel Scholarship to Spain in 2011 and the NYSAFLT Best of Conference Award in 2018. He is a past-president of Capital Organization of Language Teachers (COLT) and has helped with AV and conference planning at NECTFL.

Mike is a Spanish Teacher at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, NY. He has taught Spanish since 2001 at middle schools, high schools as well as to undergraduate students  and adults in continuing education programs on Long Island and in the Capital Region. While at Bethlehem Schools, he has served as coordinator of the Bethlehem Central Lab School and has been instrumental district-wide with regard to curriculum, technology and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Mike has studied in Mexico and Spain and has taken students on educational excursions to Costa Rica. He received a B.A. from the University at Albany, a M.S. from Dowling College and School District Administration Certification from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts..

Mike has participated in the NYSED LOTE Standards Review Committee and currently serves on the NYSED World Languages Content Advisory Panel. He is active in his local and state teacher associations having served as a local vice president, Regional VOTE-COPE Campaign Coordinator and has planned numerous events with NYSUT’s LGBTQ Committee and as an executive board member with The Pride Center of the Capital Region. Mike, his husband Mat and their two cats live in North Greenbush, NY.

We are excited to welcome Mike to this new role and congratulate him on taking up the reins of our organization.

On behalf of the NYSAFLT Executive Committee, we wish to share our wholehearted appreciation for Will Anderson, interim executive director. Will stepped into this critical role during a major transition for the organization and worked seamlessly with the team to ensure that NYSAFLT continues to be the “go-to” place for world language educators in New York State. Thank you, Will!

John Carlino

Following the passing of our beloved friend, esteemed leader and longtime Executive Director John Carlino in January 2022, the NYSAFLT Executive Team and Board of Directors continue to ensure that our organization is functioning efficiently. The NYSAFLT 100K for 100 Years John D. Carlino Legacy Fund remains the best way to honor John by making donations in his name. With this fund, NYSAFLT will remember John and his vision to financially support projects and help solve problems that language teachers and leaders face. As we move forward along the pathway that John paved, his legacy will forever live on with the NYSAFLT 100K for 100 Years John D. Carlino Legacy Fund.

John David Carlino obituary.” The Buffalo News, February 5, 2022.

100K for 100 Years John D. Carlino Legacy Fund

When you donate to this fund, we hope you will remember the strong advocate, mentor, and friend John was to language teachers not only in New York but across the nation and beyond. We hope to continue to sustain NYSAFLT’s goals and activities to support language teachers and rise to their needs. Help us reach our goal of building a 100K sustaining fund to support our mission in the next NYSAFLT century!

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A message from 2022 NYSAFLT President Jenny Delfini

Jenny Delfini

Mother Nature is truly an indecisive force. The swings in temperature, precipitation, and necessary clothing and accessories are giving me whiplash. I have to double-check my calendar to see which month it is! The inconsistency and turmoil mirror the current climate in schools – the quick and polarized changes in regulations, the shifts to our goals and objectives, and the emotional turbulence that our students show.

Yet time continues to march on. We know the rhythm of the year – the vacations, the testing dates, the graduation practices, the annual trips and ceremonies. These milestones steady us, ground us in what has been chaotic. I notice the little things, like a student’s smile, my colleague’s laugh…my own extra attention to a lesson I enjoy. The excitement of June is nigh!

We all need a break. A break is not an end, but an interruption in continuity, an interlude. We will be back in September, and I hope to be ready for a new group of students, with new questions and curiosities about the world around them. I hope to take my break – my breather, my respite – and enjoy it fully with my family and friends, so I can continue my career with a better approach to teaching, with a wider array of research and methods, so my students can acquire all they can in their short time in my classes.

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