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Winter Workshop 2019


"Designing the Classroom with the


Brain in Mind"



with JJ Epperson




Leslie Phillips





Saturday. February 23rd, 2019


8:30 am to 3:00 pm

at Park Tudor School

(Lower School Library)



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To secure a free copy of the book “Brain Rules” by John Medina you must register by February 15th, 2019


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For more information, you may contact:

Katherine "Abby" Diaz , IN-NELL President

7200 N. College Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46240

Phone: 317-415-2987 E-mail:







At our 2017 Fall Conference, our former President, Ms. Jill Woerner, received our "Leader of Leaders" Award, for her tireless, long-term commitment to IN-NELL's success.  During the Conference, the IN-NELL Teacher odf the Year and Rising Star awards went to Ms. Lori McGavic and Alejandra Baladrán, respectively.



Mabel Ramos, a Spanish Language teacher, speaker and author, facilitated our Fall Conference workshop on the topic of Bi-Literacy: the Driving Force of Academic Success.


Mabel has over 20 years of experience as a Spanish language teacher at the elementary level.  She currently works as a dual language coach for the Lawrence Township schools in Indianapolis, and has taught at several institrutions in indiana as well as her native Puerto Rico.  She has prepared and presented material for various seminars and symposia in indiana, Tennessee and Illinois.  Her work has been featured in Revista Materiales, and she is the author of a bilingual children's book, "La gallina enojada."


The workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants at the Conference.



Carlos Berrozpe, Asesor Técnico de Educación, Embajada de España USA

receives from our President, Abby Diaz, the "Ambassador of IN-Nell award.




For the Spring 2017 IN-NELL Conference, we enjoyed a wonderful presentation about "Student Engagement for a Lifetime” by accomplished and energetic teacher Louisa LaGrotto.



Elizabeth McGuire, IFLTA Elementary Teacher of the Year (ToY) Winner, representing  IN-NELL at the IFLTA Conference, November 2016.  


Appearing in this picture, from left to right: Randa Duvick, IFLTA President; Elizabeth McGuire (Elementary ToY Winner); Michael Tsugawa  (Secondary ToY Winner); and Wendy Westphal (Collegiate and Overall ToY Winner)

Megan Contreras (far left), receiving IN-NELL's Rising Star award at the IFLTA Conference, November 2016


Spring 2016 Conference


"Moving from Performance 


to Proficiency”


Rose Egan was our presenter at the Spring Conference, 2016.  Ms. Egan is a Spanish Teacher at Cathedral High School, Indianapolis Indiana.  She has been teaching Spanish to pre-schoolers through adults since 1996.  She holds a BA in Education and Spanish from Denison University, as well as a MS in Second Language Education from Indiana University.  She was honored as the 2011 Indiana High School Spanish Teacher of the Year and the 2011 Indiana High School Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.  She is a past-president of IN-NELL and has presented at numerous local, state and regional conferences.  Among her most prized achievements are the students who come back to report how they are using Spanish in their post-secondary lives.  




IN-NELL Honorees Stephanie Weaver (Rising Star) and Carmen Sanoguet (Yeacher of the Year), at the 2015 IFLTA Conference, celebrating with Board members and Glenda Ritz, Superintendent of Public Instruction for Indiana.  




“One-stop strategies shop: Tools for

using Technology and

Differentiation in your classroom”


For the 2015 Spring Conference, we had a wonderful dual presentation.  One by Ms. Deb Blaz, titled “Differentiation in your classroom”.  The second presentation was about tools for using technology in the classroom, Dr. Angelia Ridgway, Ms. Rose Egan, and Ms. Sarah Schirripa.

Deborah Blaz, our feature presenter, is a French teacher at Angola High School in Angola, Indiana, is the author of six best-selling reference books, The Foreign Language Teacher’s Guide to Active Learning;  Teaching Foreign Languages in the Block; A Collection of Performance Tasks and Rubrics: Foreign Languages;  Bringing the Standards for Foreign Language Learning to Life; Differentiated Instruction: A Guide for Foreign Language Teachers, and Differentiated Assessment for Middle and High School Classrooms. She has frequently presented on successful teaching strategies at state, regional and national conferences, universities, and high schools. A recipient of the Project E Excellence in Education award in 2000, she was also named Indiana’s French Teacher of the Year by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (IAATF) in 1996, and was named to the All-USA Teacher Team, Honorable Mention, by USA Today in 1996.






Foreign Languages for Everyone!


For the 2014 Fall Conference, we had a wonderful presentation by Irene Brouwer Konyndyk, author of the book "Foreign Languages for Everyone: How I Learned to Teach Second Languages to Students with Learning Disabilities".


Irene believes that all students, even those with learning disabilities, can be successful language learners, if the pedagogical approach meets their needs. At-risk students need a learning environment that is multisensory, highly structured, and helps them understand how they learn best. That is what her book is about and she is delighted to share her ideas with you!


She continues to do presentations and workshops in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, at conferences such as ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French), the IDA (International Dyslexia Association), NACFLA (North American Christian Foreign Language Association), and at MIWLA (Michigan World Language Association).


Irene Brouwer Konyndyk recently retired from teaching French, German and Dutch at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. During her 40-year teaching career (at all levels of instruction) she learned a lot - most importantly how to teach languages to students who struggle with language learning.



IN-NELL had a Great 2014 Spring Conference


"Technology for the 21st Century World Language Teacher"


Presented by Matt Miller


The conference included presentations on the following topics:


  • The Flat Classroom: Connecting your students to the world -- Thomas Friedman declared that the world is flat, that the communication walls that limited us before have been destroyed in today's digital age. Powerful resources to help students collaborate with native speakers of world languages are waiting to be harnessed. Learn how "it's a small (digital) world after all!"


  • Being a connected educator -- Thousands of educators connect and share with each other every day, creating a powerful force for improving teaching and the field of education in general. Learn how you can create your own "personalized learning network" and transform your teaching in ways you never knew possible.


  • Climbing the edtech ladder: Making the most of your educational technology -- The powerful digital tools found in schools have the potential to be more than what some experts call the $1,000 pencil. Learn how to turn your technology usage from simple substitution to experiences that redefine what education can do.


  • The Lightning Round: 60 digital tools in 60 minutes -- Digital resources abound, and so many of them can be plugged into the world language classroom. Gather lots of new ideas for classroom technology in this fast-paced session.


Matt Miller is the one and only world language teacher at Turkey Run High School. He teaches all levels of Spanish classes (1, 2, 3 and AP). After trying to do the traditional "teach by the textbook" for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities are often custom-produced for his students and infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do too. He creates all the content for the Ditch That Textbook blog ( and designed a website to help Hoosier teachers take control of their teacher evaluations ( Matt has been a presenter at IFLTA conferences, and his presentations have been very popular and well received.

The Fall Conference 2013

was a great Success! 



 Mira Canion 


"Get them reading:

 Languages and Literacy"


Mira Canion is an energizing presenter, author, photographer, stand-up comedienne, and high school teacher. Mira is best known for her spontaneous creativity and  quick wit, former CCFLT president. She has been captivating middle and high school students for 16 continuous years with her enthusiasm, high energy, and passion. She has developed innovative approaches to instruction that include storytelling, drama, novellas, music, videos, photos, and technology.


Ms. Canion’s conference included the following:

  • How Brain Science can Improve our Approach to Reading Instruction
  • How to Delight Kids with the Magic of Reading: Strategies for the Classroom
  • What About Authentic Reading? Common Core and Student Performance Measures 

CONGRATULATIONS to Kathleen Mick, for being nominated 2013 Teacher of the Year for IN-NELL.  Receiving award from Barbara de Gortari at the IFLTA Fall Conference in Indianapolis, October 2013.

In November 2012, Miss Jill Woerner was recognized  as a National Language Teacher of the Year finalist, during this year ACTFL confernce in Philadelphia.

Jill was the IN-NELL teacher of the year in 2010.

Julie Canady our IN-NELL nominee for 2012 wins the coveted K-8 division for the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA) World Language 2012 “Teacher of the Year” award.  When interviewed she said: “That was one of my goals when I began teaching 12 years ago, and this award is the result of hard work,” Julie explained. “I have been inspired and supported by many mentors along the way. Most importantly, my parents always have led by example while encouraging me to never be satisfied at the end of the day if I hadn’t given my best.”

Posing in the picture with Pam Gemmer




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JJ Eperson

Spanish teacher at South Gibson School Corporation

Passionate about teaching Spanish for the purposes of communication using CI/TPRS methods. Very enthusiastic and persistent. Completed two successful study abroad Spanish immersion programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Nicely varied background in sales and marketing enhances both classroom management style and methodology