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 world 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.

Robert J. Ludwig - 1918-2011 Robert J. Ludwig | First Executive Director of NYSAFLT John Carlino John D. Carlino | Second Executive Director of NYSAFLT | 2004-2022
William C. Anderson | Interim Executive Director of NYSAFLT | 2022 Michael T. Mitchell | Third Executive Director of NYSAFLT | 2022- Present


1946-47 Winthrop H. Rice 1992 Mary Champagne Myers
1947-50 Charles Choquette 1993 Al Martino
1950-52 J. Allen Pfeffer 1994 Helene Combopiano
1952-54 A. Harold Bagg 1995 Carol Reed
1954-56 Glenn Waas 1996 Elizabeth Bossong
1956-58 Lincoln Canfield 1997 Michelle Bloom
1958-60 Lucy A. Massey 1998 David Graham
1960-62 Robert M. Browning 1999 Janine Manley
1962-63 Judah Lapson 2000 Don King
1963-69 Robert J. Ludwig 2001 Marie Guillet
1969 Sr. Rose Aquin Caimano 2002 Joan Militscher
1970-71 Sharon Moore 2003 Dawn Santiago-Marullo
1972-73 Joseph Tursi 2004 Patricia Ann Ryan
1973-74 Gladys Lipton 2005 Linda Zusman
1974-75 Paul Cincinnato 2006 Louis Baskinger
1976 Warren Born 2007 Joanne O’Toole
1977 Maryalice Seagrave 2008 Paul Sabatino
1978 Marcella DeMuth 2009 Sue Barnes
1979 Robert Sherburne 2010 Susanne Hochmuth
1980 Patricia Sweet 2011 Nancy Ketz
1981 Kay Lyons 2012 Mary Holmes
1982 George Castellanos 2013 Deborah Carlson
1983 Anthony Papalia 2014 William Anderson
1984 Russell Webber 2015 Francesco L. Fratto
1985 Paul Wood 2016 Candace R. Black
1986 Shirley Sherburne Zimmer 2017 Marie J. Campanaro
1987 Anthony DeNapoli 2018 Michelle Shenton
1988 Brenda Benzin 2019 Beth Slocum
1989 Nancy McMahon 2020 Leslie Kudlack
1990 John Webb 2021 Sally Barnes
1991 Nancy Wallace 2022 Jenny-Lynn Delfini

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 world languages as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary education;
  • view world 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 world language educators to engage in action research for the classroom;
  • foster and promote articulation with and among all levels of world language learning;
  • provide and serve as a resource for quality professional development and lifelong learning;
  • provide a network of support services to the world language educator;
  • respond to the changing needs of world language professionals;
  • assume the responsibility to develop future leaders in the world 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.