MALT Members at our Spring Conference 2017 at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts in Livingston, MT with Greta Lundgaard
Founded in 1954, the association provides its members with pedagogical assistance and linguistic resources for language instruction at elementary, secondary, and university levels. The member organization has an annual conference in the spring, workshops in conjunction with the MEA/MFT Conference in October, and provides a website and dynamic community full of resources. MALT is a constituent of the Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages (PNCFL) and the American council on the Teaching of ForeignLanguages (ACTFL).
THANK YOU to Greta Lundgaard and all our wonderful MALT members for a memorable and invigorating Spring Conference!
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2017 MALT Teacher of the Year, who is also the nominee for PNCFL Teacher of the Year, Erika Shupe! For those of you who have not met Erika, she is a Latin teacher at Bozeman High School and for Montana Digital Academy, as well as our MALT Treasurer. She is extremely deserving of this award and we are proud to have her representing our state.
CONGRATULATIONS to Debbie Kelley, our 2017 winner of the Outstanding Contributions Award at our state level as well as the regional level! Debbie has been a MALT member for many years and has helped shape MALT and language teaching in Montana to become what it is today. She is very deserving of this award and we are proud to call her one of our own.
CONGRATULATIONS to Megan Hambrick, MALT's nominee to attend ACTFL's 2017 Leadership Initiative for Language Learning summer institute in Skokie, IL! Megan is a French teacher at Bozeman High School. MALT is proud to sponsor Megan in conjunction with EF Tours!
"Is this something students would want to talk about? This is the question that drives me as I design units and lessons that leverage culture to engage language learners in the French program at Bozeman High. I am just wrapping up my fifth amazing and challenging (when does it get easier?! Je rigole…) year in this awesome career and I have, yet again, learned so much! Speaking of learning, I am not only passionate that I challenge the learners in my classroom, but that I am always challenging myself to learn too. So, a few years ago, I completed my Master's with an emphasis on teacher leadership and student voice and choice in the classroom, and I am currently courting ideas for my doctoral thesis in educational leadership that I am completing online through the University of New England. Anyhow, looking forward to collaborating with you all to make language learning the best it can be!"
Our newest BOOK CLUB selection for the MEA/MFT Fall Conference is FLUENT FOREVER by Gabriel Wyner . Book Club will be led by Spanish Teacher and MALT Member Alice Nation.
The beloved MALT Bulletin is officially retired! With the advent of our new website and the ease of information-sharing through social media, we are encouraging our members to contribute to our regional publication, the PNCFL newsletter, LINGO. Please follow the link or contact your MALT Board for more information! (Deadlines are Feb 1st for the March issue, Nov 1st for the December issue.)
MALT offers three annual awards in coordination with the Pacific Northwest Council for Languages:
-MALT Language Teacher of the Year (becomes state nominee for PNCFL's Northwest LanguageTeacher of the Year) -MALT Postsecondary Teacher of the Year (becomes state nominee for PNCFL's Ray Verzasconi Northwest Postsecondary Teacher of the Year) -MALT Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of World Languages (becomes state nominee for PNCFL's Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of World Languages in the Pacific Northwest)
Please see the PNCFL website under "Awards and Grants" for more information and eligibility criteria for each award.
History of MALT Awards: 2017 Teacher of the Year: Erika Shupe 2017 Outstanding Contributions: Debbie Kelley
Your MALT Board
President: Tana Luptak, Shepherd High School (Spanish) President Elect: Alice Nation, Billings Senior High School (Spanish) Treasurer: Erika Shupe, Bozeman High School (Latin) Secretary: Blakely Hay, Dillon Middle School (Spanish) PNCFL Board Representative: Lisa Werner, Bozeman High School (German)
Montana Jobs for Teachers
Montana Office of Public Instruction keeps the most current list of teaching positions available. Also, check our Facebook page for up-to-date job info from your colleagues, we often post there about openings in our districts.
The MALT constitution was most recently revised in April, 2017.