Dear FLENJ members and fellow language educators:

Welcome…to the 2018-19 school year. And welcome to fall! While we did everything we could to hold onto the last vestiges of summer – warm sunny days, weekend barbecues, and maybe even some last dips in the pool – the school year is upon us.

September is a time to begin anew. Recharged and refreshed from the summer, teachers and students alike are anxious to get started again in teaching and learning. You may have new students before you. Maybe you’re in a new grade or even a new school. Maybe you’re teaching a new level or a new course. With so much that is new, nowis the time to make the changes you’ve been working toward. Don’t wait for a better time. Nowis the time to plant the seeds of change – in your classrooms, in your careers, in your lives.

FLENJ begins anew, as well.  The board welcomes 4 new directors.


Christina Buck, Dana Pillaand Salvatore Venierobegin 3 year terms; and Tatiana Meza will fill a vacancy on the board through 2020. I am excited to bring their experience, expertise, and leadership to our organization!

Spotlight on FLENJ Friends

From time to time, I would like to highlight FLENJ “friends” who are willing to share their experiences as a FLENJ member or as a participant in FLENJ events.

This month, we are putting the spotlight on a member of the FLENJ Mentor Fellowship Program.

Jenny Rousos |FLENJ Member Since 2015

After several years of working in the corporate world, I decided to take a new path in my career and pursue my dream of teaching.  While completing the educational requirements towards my licensure, I came across a friend who recommended I look into FLENJ.  FLENJ was the answer to all my prayers.  I quickly signed up for the mentoring program and was matched with phenomenal teachers/mentors.  The guidance and mentoring I received helped me to quickly find and attain an excellent teaching position.  I will always be appreciative and grateful for the support and guidance I received from FLENJ.

Upcoming FLENJ Events

There are still a few days remaining to submit a proposal…

Nathan Lutz and Kathy Stotler
Conference Co-chairs

How do you build bridges?
How do you open doors?
How do you create opportunities? 

The annual conference is your chance to share your expertise.  

Click HERE for more Information.

Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2018

FLENJ Workshop Series 2018-19

Workshop #1
World Languages for Everyone: Helping Students with Learning Difficulties Become Successful Second Language Learners

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Presented by: Dr. Irene Konyndyk

This workshop is designed for any language or class level and will focus on helping all students, especially those with learning disabilities, become successful second language learners.

Workshop #2
Pique Proficiency

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Presented by: Martina Bex

This workshop will focus on proficiency-oriented activities that students love and that can be done entirely in the target language, regardless of which language you teach!

Watch the website, Twitter, and Facebook for more information on the 2018-19 LIVE Webchat Series, hosted by new board member Dana Pilla.

For just $25 this year, registrants will participate in live online learning with FLENJ board members and other guests.  And FLENJ members pay just $5 – another valuable discount with your yearly membership.

The entire 2018-19 Webchat series will be posted shortly.

In the meanwhile, please consider one of our archived web chats!  Members pay nothing – a free benefit of your membership and a “thank you” for your contributions to FLENJ and to the profession!

 FLENJ and NJEA … Perfect together!  

NJEA Convention Website.

I hope the start of the 2018-19 school year has been positive and a time for renewal.  Best wishes for fall…

Yours in language education,