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President's Message

Martha Ligia Vásquez
AATSP President's Message
September 2018 


Dear AATSP Educators,

Greetings! I truly hope you have enjoyed an invigorating and productive academic school year. In my previous message, I urged you to engage our students via meaningful and transformative learning experiences. I am confident that YOU accomplished just that.

As the AATSP journeys through our exciting 101st year of existence, I would like to thank our Executive Director, Sheri Spaine Long, and our staff for working diligently to reorganize and grow our Association and for their determination to put together a comprehensive and exciting annual conference. I want to also acknowledge the continuous efforts of our directors, editors, and staff, who are always seeking for ways to improve our programs, services and publications. Kudos to our new members on the AATSP Board of Directors—Ada Ortúzar-Young, Stephanie Enseñat Davis, Barbara Pietroski and Comfort Pratt—as well as all the volunteers who have been working on various committees to create a sense of urgency, commitment and service to our teachers and students.

In addition, I especially want to thank those of you who volunteer to promote the AATSP’s programs and benefits where the rubber meets the road, the chapter officers and our SHH, SHA and NSE sponsors. Without you, the AATSP would likely cease to exist. Your support and dedication is invaluable!

So as summer draws near, let us renew our passion, commitment and advocacy for the inclusion of languages other than English as the fifth core subject at our respective educational institutions and nationwide. Together we can educate our students, politicians and communities on the crucial importance of multilingualism in our country. More than ever, this is the time for educational approaches that touch the hearts and minds of our students. We need to advocate for greater opportunities for students AND teachers.

Please join us for our annual conference and expect a meeting of the minds as well as a time of celebration. I urge that you invite your colleagues and friends to solidify your plans to join us at our 101st AATSP Annual Conference this summer in beautiful San Diego, California on July 8 –11. Act now because the pre-registration period ends on June 7!

Thank you and let us remain: 

“Stronger Together: Spanish and Portuguese”
“Juntos más fuertes: el español y el portugués”
“Juntos mais fortes: o espanhol e o português”


Martha Ligia Vásquez
San Antonio, Texas

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