Iowa World
Language Association
At the 2016 Conference, the following officer positions will be elected:

Candidates for Vice-President (2016-2017)

Elizabeth Dentlinger, Spanish teacher at Nevada High School

Elizabeth Dentlinger, VP CandidateI am running for Vice President of the IWLA because I feel a calling to help other world language teachers. I grew up in Michigan and I fell in love with Spanish while taking classes at Fruitport High School. I continued my language study at Western Michigan University where I graduated with a B.A. in Secondary Education for Spanish, English, and Communications. I have taught Spanish for six years, and this is my first year as a Cub at Nevada High School. I recently earned my M.Ed. in World Language Instruction from Concordia College after creating and reflecting on a Content-Based Instruction unit on sustainability within the target culture and school community in an Integrated Performance Assessment model.

In addition to sharing my love of Spanish with students, I enjoy helping other world language educators by sharing my journey as a Spanish teacher on my blog and Twitter, mentoring world language teachers, and making connections at the IWLA fall conference. After presenting at the IWLA fall conference, I began assisting with IWLA's social media accounts. I enjoy sharing world language resources and promoting our events and accomplishments, but I am becoming increasingly more interested in advocacy of and for our discipline and feel I can do this better as VP of IWLA. I want to continue the terrific strides made by past IWLA presidents while focusing on growing our membership, exploring how technology can help IWLA members connect year-round, and helping IWLA teachers as needed. Thank you for your consideration!  

Mindy Euken, World Languages Curriculum Coordinator at Des Moines Public Schools

Mindy Euken, IWLA VP Candidate

I have taught Spanish for 11 years and currently work 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 and taught the Heritage Spanish program that is currently taught in many schools in Des Moines.  In addition, I am leading the creation of vertically aligned curriculum and standards-reference 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 Proficiency at Drake University. 

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. 

Candidate for Treasurer (2016-2018)

Stacy Amling, Professor of Spanish, Des Moines Area Community College

Stacy Amling, Treasurer CandidateI am running for re-election as IWLA Treasurer. As a professor of Spanish at DMACC and a PhD student at Iowa State University, membership in IWLA over the past decade and my work on the Executive Board have been an invaluable source of professional growth for me. I enjoy maintaining the IWLA financial records and working with my fellow Board members to make the best use of our resources while continuing our numerous other projects. My love of technology has led to me to take an active role with our IWLA website, Social Media, and offering the conference program app. I have represented IWLA at state and national conferences, including Iowa ASCD advocacy events and 2015 Summer Institute, ASCD Leader to Leader, AATSP, CALICO, CSCTFL, and the NFLRC 2015 and 2016 Summer Institutes. With some of the financial ups and downs we've experienced, it hasn’t always been easy (or stress-free), but the reward is knowing that we are doing our best to continue offering a top-quality world language professional network here in Iowa that is expanding exponentially beyond our borders.

My colleagues on the Board and you, my fellow IWLA members, have been an on-going source of inspiration as I strive to continuously improve my teaching practice. Our work has helped me to find my voice as a language advocate and to stretch my students’ focus toward developing their language proficiency as a personal and professional skill, rather than simply meeting their college requirement. I look forward to the opportunity to continue representing you, our students, and our profession, in future endeavors. Thank you for your support of my candidacy!  

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