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MLA 2020

CFP: 2020 ACTFL Conference

Call for Papers: Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition ‒ North America 9

Application Deadline: NSE Scholarships for Teachers

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Pamela Gemmer

Candidate for K-8 Representative


Pamela Gemmer

Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School

Indianapolis, IN



Summary of CV

My most salient strengths are my K-8 experience, my advocacy for elementary world language programs, and my desire to serve. I taught Spanish as a Second Language at the American School in Mexico City: 4th-5th grade; 2nd-3rd grade; and 5th grade due to a NAFTA population influx. Student compliance with the curricula of the school´s two accrediting organizations, SAIS and SEP, was the program objective. The opportunity to teach in a Spanish Immersion Program in Indianapolis lured me to Indiana. I taught 4th grade for three years. With program transition to middle school, I joined the MS team as the Spanish Language Arts teacher. High school transition was the next immersion challenge. I participated in writing Indiana´s K-5 World Language Standards and the Heritage Language Standards. In Brevard County, Florida, I facilitated a 60 hour summer course for secondary language teachers that enabled them to add K-6 endorsement to their credentials. Upon retirement, state, regional and national world language advocacy has become my passion. This began by presenting Seal of Biliteracy legislation to the Indiana Senate education leadership and lobbying for funds to support DLI programs in Indiana. I collaborated with the IDOE in developing guidelines for implementation of both programs. I am Advocacy Chair for IFLTA, a member of the CSCTFL Advocacy Committee, a participant in ACTFL advocacy webinars, and a lobbyist with JNCL-NCLIS. I am an active participant in AATSP-Indiana, NNELL, and IN-NELL. It would be honored to give voice within AATSP as the K-8 Representative. “I am retired, but rewired!”

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Statement of Candidacy

What characteristics to AATSP members seeks in the K-8 representative? I believe the representative should be:
• Passionate to advocate and promote K-8 world language programs of all descriptions.
• Dedicated to the establishment of Dual Language Immersion Programs.
• An Advocate for incorporating second language instruction into the K-8 core curriculum.
• Eager to remain current and disseminate research related to early language acquisition.
• Familiar with the challenges of articulation of elementary programs into middle grades and high school.
• Enthusiastic to spread the message of the importance and the benefits of early language education to whomever the audience might be.
• Cognizant of the stakeholders in K-8 programs: educating parents and tending to the professional development needs of staff: administrators, faculty and support personnel.
• Available and ready to do whatever necessary for AATSP to become actively involved in the early language movement. While retired, I am “rewired!”

My name is Pamela (Valdés) Gemmer, and if you seek the aforementioned characteristics in the K-8 AATSP Representative, it would be my honor and privilege to serve in this capacity. I lived in México for 30+ years and taught Spanish Immersion at the American School in Mexico City. My children were born and reared in Mexico City and both are biliterate. Later, I taught in a K-12 Spanish Immersion program in Indianapolis Indiana. Most recently successfully lobbied the Indiana Legislature to obtain seed funds to establish Dual Language Immersion Programs and the Seal of Biliteracy in our state. Advocacy issues regarding world languages have also taken me to lobby on Capitol Hill.

I would like to my experience and passion to give AATSP a strong voice in early childhood language education.

View video of Pamela Gemmer reading her statement of candidacy.

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