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Ti teachers attend conference

TICONDEROGA-Ticonderoga High School French teacher Megan Preston and Spanish teacher Lynne Lenhart participated in the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teacher's Regional Conference in Beekmantown recently.

The conference theme was "Language Learning for the 21st Century: Imagine the Possibilities!" The event was hosted by Beekmantown Central School District.

The Ticonderoga teachers attended presentations for language teachers, encompassing many aspects of foreign language instruction. Workshops included Quebec Cinema, Mexican cuisine in the classroom, bridging the global achievement gap in all classrooms, Quebec promotion in classroom lessons, and student travel and language courses available throughout Europe.

Those directing workshops and speaking to the language educators included the president of NYSAFLT Nancy Ketz, Beekmantown technology coordinator Gary Lambert and language teachers from many northern New York schools. Attendees heard from Katie Inhelder, Amy Sotherden, Anne Winton, David Graham and Miriam Worthington.

The conference closed with remarks from Jodi LaRock, a French teacher from Elizabethtown-Lewis Central school. LaRock is retiring from teaching after 32 years and encouraged all foreign language teachers throughout New York State to stay positive despite the many challenges confronting them in education. She also stressed the need for teachers to collaborate with one another and to speak out to insure that the needs of all students are met.

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