Iowa World
Language Association
At the 2017 Conference, the following officer positions will be elected:

Candidates for Vice-President (2017-2018)

Mindy Euken, School Improvement Leader at Roosevelt High School, Des Moines

Mindy Euken, IWLA VP Candidate

I taught Spanish for 11 years, and worked to ensure quality experiences for all students through support and advocacy for language teachers as the World Languages Curriculum Coordinator for Des Moines Public Schools. I developed, taught, and advocated for the Heritage Spanish program that is currently taught in many schools in Des Moines.  In addition, I led the creation of vertically aligned curriculum and standards-referenced grading practices using the Iowa World Language Competencies for all the languages taught in Des Moines. I serve on the Des Moines Public Schools Equity Committee and as an Adjunct Professor in the area of Cultural Responsive Instruction at Drake University. This year, I have transitioned to a building administrative role where I continue to support the World Languages department through advocacy, professional development, and teacher support.

I am passionate about providing authentic, inquiry-based, student-centered opportunities for all students to engage in and love learning about languages and culture.  I am an advocate for teachers and world language programs and would be honored to serve as a leader for the members of the IWLA.

Allison Wienhold, Spanish teacher at Dunkerton Community Schools
I am running for Vice President of IWLA because I have a passion for helping other world language teachers. My love of languages started in my junior high Spanish class in Freeport, Illinois, and continued though studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain, and getting a degree in Spanish Teaching from the University of Northern Iowa. This is my sixth year teaching, and I currently serve as the department of one Spanish teacher for grades 7-12 at Dunkerton Community Schools. In the classroom I utilize comprehensible input through novel and cultural story units. I also have a passion for connecting with students while staying in the target language. My husband, two little boys and I are proud to call Cedar Falls home. 

In addition to sharing my love of languages with my students, I love connecting with teachers in Iowa, and around the world. Through my blog, Mis Clases Locas, Twitter and other social media, I have been able to virtually share and collaborate with many educators. Through mentoring local teachers, and presenting at conferences such as IWLA, CI: Comprehensible Iowa, and Central States, I have grown a professional learning community, that helps me learn and grow every day as an educator. I am especially interested in helping to connect isolated Iowa language teachers, so they have the support and resources of other IWLA educators. Through my role of IWLA grant committee chair and member of the IWLA social media team, I have seen what a tremendous job our current and past presidents have done to bring our reach worldwide, while advocating for language teaching. I hope to continue these efforts growing our membership, connecting IWLA teachers year-round, and supporting Iowa world language teachers in any way that I can. Thank you for your consideration!

Candidate for Secretary (2017-2019)

Carrie Morris, Professor of Spanish, Des Moines Area Community College

 I am running for a final term as Secretary of IWLA because I like serving this organization by keeping minutes and records and informing my colleagues about events and opportunities in world language teaching and learning. I've enjoyed being your contact for the e-mail blast and keeping track of all that has gone on in this organization through my 10 years of service. It is such a pleasure to see many of you at our annual conference and communicate with you by e-mail. Due to my involvement with IWLA, I have gone on to co-present at Central States and will be co-presenting for the first time at ACTFL this fall. I will always be grateful to IWLA and the opportunities it has provided to me.

I have my BA in Spanish Teaching and my MA in Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa and am in my thirteenth year teaching Spanish as full-time faculty at Des Moines Area Community College on its Urban (Des Moines) campus after serving as an adjunct for five years prior. When I'm not teaching or helping students, I am developing department plans, working with dual credit teachers, serving on our campus' sustainability team, promoting DMACC's International Year on my campus or helping to negotiate our faculty contract. 

Candidate for Advocacy Chairperson (2017-2019)

Christine McCormick, Spanish teacher, Waukee Schools (Prairie View)

 Hola y bonjour!  My name is Christine McCormick and I would like to continue as the Advocacy Chair.  I have been the Exhibitor Liaison for the last few years as well as the ACTFL representative and feel that I can do more to contribute to this wonderful organization. 

I currently teach eighth and ninth grade Spanish at Prairieview in Waukee, Spanish at Mercy College of Health Sciences as an adjunct, and am teaching French again at Iowa Learning Online.  I LOVE teaching languages. 

This past three summers I worked for CIEE as a high –school study abroad program leader in Seville. 

I have experience with the leadership team at my school as well as past leadership experiences as Secretary, Co-Chair and Chair of the Board of Education at Christ the King School.  I am ready to broaden my horizons and lead this organization that has given me so much! 

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