In episode 86, Caroline Schlegel interviews Dr. Arlene White and Mrs. Paula Moore, two educators who have made a difference in her own professional development, about how they provide relevant, meaningful, and effective professional development for new and veteran educators. The topics of discussion include how professional development contributes to teacher recruitment and retention and how technology and methodologies have changed professional development for language teachers. Check out the show notes for more information about Caroline and her guests.


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Caroline Schlegel is a Spanish Teacher in Washington County Maryland. After graduating from Salisbury University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Secondary Education, she spent 9 years at Parkside High School before moving across the state to serve the students in Washington County. She currently teaches Spanish at Smithsburg High School in Smithsburg, Maryland. Dedicated to leadership within the field of education, Caroline received her Master’s degree in 2016 in Educational Leadership from Salisbury University and has her Admin 1 & 2 certificate. Caroline is a passionate educator committed to her students, professional development, and advocating for new teachers in our profession. Caroline recently was elected to the Maryland Foreign Language Association Board of Directors and was recognized as the 2018 Maryland World Language Teacher of the Year. You can reach out to Caroline on Twitter @senoraschlegel or by email.

Dr. Arlene White is a retired professor of French and Education Specialties at Salisbury University.  She taught all levels of French in Wicomico County, Maryland for 6 years before moving to SU.  There she taught beginning and intermediate language classes as well as conversation, composition and culture and served as department chair.  She also taught World Language methodology classes and supervised interns in the field for 40 years and has had the pleasure of mentoring many of her students during their careers. Arlene is a past president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Foreign Language Association for 35 years, serving as its president twice.  She was on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages from 2008-2015 and served as conference chair in 2013. Arlene is a certified ACTFL / NCATE world language program reviewer and continues to present and provide professional development across the state and region. You can reach out to Arlene via her website or email.

Paula Moore is the supervisor of World Languages and English as a Second Language in Washington County Public Schools. She was a high school French teacher for 13 years and was a county mentor teacher in the professional development department where she supported new teachers in all content areas. During her teaching career, Ms. Moore was the Washington County Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year. She was also named to the USA Today All Star First Teacher Team. As a supervisor, she served on the Maryland State Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy Task Force and led her county in becoming the first in the state to award students the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy. You can reach out to Paula on Twitter @mmemoore or by email.


Previous episodes of WTL you might enjoy if you like this topic…

Episode 51: Developing as a Professional and Presenting at Conferences with Erin Carlson

Episode 47: Professional Development and Working Together with Rebecca Blouwolff and Tim Eagan

Episode 20: Language Supervision and Creating Professional Development Opportunities with Noemi Rodriguez

Episode 3: The ACTFL Community Boards, a Methods Course, and Professional Development


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