❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you
talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞ ‒Nelson Mandela
The Board of Directors of IN-NELL and I welcome you to our website and community. We invite you to get involved and expand your repertoire of experiences and learning. Whether you are new to the profession or a veteran teacher, we believe that everyone has unique insights and expertise that is valuable and worth sharing. We believe strongly in networking and the wealth of information and excitement that comes from sharing with your colleagues in a variety of professional settings.
As the IN-NELL President, I am reminded of my childhood dream: to be fluent in every language on the planet so that I could communicate with and understand everyone on Earth. From my second grade teacher- who taught us songs in Spanish, French, Hawaiian, Shona and German, I learned that functional knowledge about other cultures - language and global competency - is a powerful tool for local and global unity. I imagine that many of us can recall a world language teacher, or two, with fondness who sparked our love of language, and I challenge you to pay it forward in your classrooms, as well as among your colleagues.
We are excited to bring you annual conferences with dynamic speakers who can share with us strategies to bring world language instruction to our students, regardless of whether you teach those tiny learners or the little kids in bigger bodies. You will leave rejuvenated, full of new and powerful information you can apply immediately in your classroom. We want you to return to school ready to answer questions, solve problems and feel at the top of your game.
To get more involved with our organization, we encourage you to join us for a board meeting to see what it is like to work with a group of people you can truly call friends as you dive into what is challenging teachers in the classroom and bring forth great PD to help cure those challenges for your colleagues. Please reach out to me if you are interested in joining our Board of Directors or visiting a meeting with us!
We look forward to collaborating with you!