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Awards & Recognitions

Each year, AWLA is dedicated to recognizing exceptional educators and leaders who exhibit an unwavering commitment to the advocacy, teaching, and learning of world languages.  This year award winners will be recognized at the annual conference luncheon.  Please join us to celebrate your colleagues! Descriptions and criteria for each award may be found online at Awards and Recognitions

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  • 15 Feb 2018 10:19 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)
  • 06 Feb 2018 9:34 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)


    Language teachers, we’re one step closer to having our own license plate! We received the proof today (one day too late to show everyone at the conference)! 

    Once we approve the proof and get on the license commission’s agenda we’ll be spreading the word state wide to start getting your new tags! Funds generated from this ($41 per plate) will go to fund immersion programs for students and teachers as well as many other PD opportunities! 

    Stay tuned and contact Nick Gossett with any questions!

  • 25 Jan 2018 12:22 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    AWLA members Teo and Emily Valdés, founders of Language South have launched their first Spanish Camp. Based out of Chattanooga they are launching the camp for kids and teens.  They are also hiring for this summer.  Check out their camp, El Pueblo, online and on social media.

    Details for hiring camp counselors available here and staff information here.

  • 25 Jan 2018 12:04 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)


    Recently EF Tours invited Alabama teachers to apply for their Madrid Language Immersion Scholarship.  Learn more here. 

    We are excited to share the below from EF Tours.... Congratulations Mary!

    Mary Crouch from James Clemens High School in Madison Alabama was the candidate selected  for the Madrid Language Immersion Scholarship from AWLA! Mary is a Spanish teacher and has been teaching at James Clemens for the past five years. Mary hopes to establish an ongoing international, education program at her school. Mary feels Global Education is so important because it benefits the entire student body by helping students realize their unique role within a larger global community.

  • 25 Jan 2018 12:03 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Done and off to the printers!  The AWLA 2018 Conference Program is now available, find it online at the conference website and of course in person in Mobile!

  • 29 Dec 2017 1:12 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    The tentative AWLA 2018 at-a-glance session schedule is now available here and online at the conference website. We look forward to seeing you in Mobile!

  • 27 Dec 2017 12:48 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Early registration will close January 20 and rates will increase to $125. Don't miss out on special hotel rates and the current conference registration. Visit us online to secure your spot.  Special AWLA hotel rate goes up January 5.


    *Breakfast and lunch are not included in late or onsite registration. 
    *Membership and Membership renewal are not included in conference registration. Be sure to log in to theawla.org first before registering for conference.  Contact us at theawla@gmail.com if you have trouble.

  • 14 Nov 2017 8:15 PM | Kristy Britt (Administrator)

    The Board is excited to announce Dr. Malinda O'Leary as the next AWLA Executive Director. Malinda has been active in the organization for many years and has served on the Board in several offices, most recently as our current President. 

    In her own words, here is a little about her history with the organization:

    AWLA (at the time, AAFLT) came into my life as I was just starting out in my career. I was in graduate school (circa 2002) at UAB pursuing my MAEd. in Secondary Spanish Education while teaching ESL at Creekview Elementary in Shelby County. At the encouragement of my teaching methods professor as well as my supervisor in Shelby County, I joined AAFLT and attended my first professional conference. My professor had encouraged the class to join AAFLT so that we could have a community to reach out to as we started out in our careers. My supervisor encouraged me to attend the conference for professional development, naturally. This is noteworthy in my memory because it is two times that I was invited into the fold of my soon-to-be career peers and encouraged to be active in the profession beyond my little island of a classroom. As a newbie just starting out, I felt motivated, connected, inspired and welcomed. As Executive Director of AWLA, I would like to be a part of instilling the same to our members, both current and future.

    Malinda brings a wealth of knowledge and vast experience with the association to her new position as Executive Director. Malinda says she is excited to move into this new role with AWLA. The move will take place at the end of the upcoming conference in February.

    Congratulations, Malinda!

  • 01 Nov 2017 11:49 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Over the summer our very own Allison Ramey (Communications Director & 2017 Promising New Teacher Award Recipient) was invited by EF Tours to participate in an amazing opportunity at Harvard University.   We share the below in her own words.  (Here's the link to learn more.) Cheers Allison! 


  • 27 Oct 2017 12:37 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)
    For the last several years Linda Paragone has worn the hat of AWLA Parliamentarian.  This month she bids adieu to her leadership roll to pivot to a new career.  We are incredibly grateful to Linda for all her years of service to AWLA (formerly AAFLT), the community and the profession.  Dedicated leaders and members like her are what ensure that we all have a professional peer group community to turn to for support and growth.  I leave you with her own words in the letter below.


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