A message from 2023 NYSAFLT President Marissa Coulehan

Happy new year, NYSA-friends near and far! 

Sending you my warmest January greetings and hoping that you had the best December break available to you. 

I’ve always known that NYSAFLT is leading and preparing the world language teaching profession in the 21st century and that it is my source for high-quality world language-specific development in New York State. 

Does that wording sound familiar?**

We are a professional organization, and we also care deeply about and take care of one another. This was never more evident than this past year. Mr. Rogers once commented that his mother would remind him to “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” 

From the executive committee and board of directors, to conference volunteers, to Zoom hosts, committee chairs…the list goes on and on. Everyone pitched in to help support one another in various ways.  

I simply cannot wait to see where the momentum at NYSAFLT takes us this year, and I am humbled to work alongside incredible leaders and friends. 

What are you looking forward to this year? Do you teach checkpoint A? Are you excited (and maybe a little anxious) to roll out the NYS revised standards in your classroom this fall? 

Whatever you are looking forward to this year, we are here to support you, as that is the NYSA-way. 

Best wishes for a smooth transition back this month!

Marissa Coulehan

**Congratulations if you knew that the wording from above is the heading in every Connect communication that we send out! We will play more fun word games this coming year. Be on the lookout for your next challenge!

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.