NECTFL to Announce Mead Leadership Program 2016 Recipients

February 9, 2016, North Branford, CT

Awards to the three fellowship recipients of the 2016 Mead Leadership Program will be formally announced this Friday during the awards ceremony of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL), taking place in New York City.

For the ninth consecutive year, SANS Inc. Software and Network Solutions is a corporate sponsor of the Mead Program. SANS is a U.S. based company and leader in the development of mobile and networked instructional technology for language learning.

The Mead Leadership Program supports foreign language teacher-leaders by recognizing their potential to contribute to the improvement of world language education. Mead Fellows are selected in part for the quality of the projects they propose. The plan of action for each project is developed in conjunction with a mentor, and progress is reported by the Fellow at subsequent state association and NECTFL conferences.

This year’s Fellows are Rebecca Bergeron, a teacher of Spanish at the Union County Vocational Technical High School in Scotch Plains, NJ; Tracy Brady, a teacher of French and Spanish at East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District outside of Syracuse, NY; and Dr. Osa-Melero, an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

“SANS is pleased to support the leadership efforts of NECTFL and the Mead Program,” said SANS president Ron Remschel. “We congratulate all three of the fellowship recipients and recognize that their work will serve to benefit many foreign language educators and their students.”

The Northeast Conference has long been committed to developing leaders for the profession from all instructional levels and languages. According to John Carlino, NECTFL’s director, “The Mead Fellowships constitute our signature program for ensuring that world language educators across the region have models to emulate and that effective leadership is exercised in schools, districts, colleges, universities, communities, and professional associations. The tangible support provided by SANS Inc. has allowed NECTFL to maximize the impact of its efforts by creating fellowships for future leaders from a broad range of diverse academic contexts.”

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