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AATSP Member Spotlights

 

Member Spotlight

Every month, the AATSP “spotlights” one of its members in an attempt to recognize the many ways in which AATSP members promote the study and teaching of Spanish and/or Portuguese at all levels of education. We invite you to read the current spotlight below. You can also click at the bottom of this page to view archived spotlights. 



Megan Flinchbaugh

 

Manheim Central High School

Manheim, PA

 

 

Statement

My name is Megan Flinchbaugh. I am a high school Spanish teacher at Manheim Central High School in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  In the classroom, my passion and goals revolve around inspiring a love of Spanish and lifelong language learning among her students, beginning on the first day of Spanish 1. My students describe me as hardworking, passionate, encouraging, and supportive.

I became a member of AATSP in my second year of teaching after discovering the many opportunities a professional membership could offer my students. That year, my colleague Nathan Campbell and I began offering the National Spanish Exam (NSE) and founded our school’s chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH).

I have remained a member of AATSP and since then have enjoyed opportunities to be professionally involved in the AATSP. Regionally I have participated in chapter workshops. At the national level, I served as editor of Albricias and sat on the national council of the SHH. I have attended several AATSP annual conferences and enjoy interacting with AATSP members and leaders at other state and national conferences.

What I most appreciate about AATSP is the opportunity to further promote the study of Spanish among my students through engagement with language and culture and through recognition for their effort and achievement. Students who take the NSE value the opportunity to test their knowledge and language performance, and those who score well are recognized by my world language department with a certificate, medal, and awards ceremony. Several of my students have won national NSE awards including the Junior Travel Award and Senior Scholarship. Students that participate in the SHH also benefit in countless ways. They are honored at an induction ceremony, and they have opportunities to earn national recognition and awards such as publication in Albricias and scholarships for university study. Student SHH members of my chapter also love engaging in the community through conversation in Spanish, meals at local Hispanic restaurants, and service projects.

In addition to my participation in AATSP, I am active in the professional community. I am the second vice president of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA), moving into that position after several years as editor of PSMLA’s annual journal Pennsylvania Language Forum. Together with my colleague Nathan, I co-founded the regional organization Association of World Language Educators (AWLE) to offer professional development and consulting to world language teachers and departments.

Through my involvement in AATSP and other professional organizations, I discovered the value of connectedness and collaboration in a profession where it is otherwise easy to feel isolated. I am thankful for what AATSP can offer my students and for the sense of community it can provide for teachers.

Biography

Megan is a high school Spanish teacher for grades 9-12 at Manheim Central High School in Manheim, Pennsylvania. She teaches all the Spanish I students in her school and also enjoys teaching levels 3-AP on a rotating schedule with her colleague. She is co-advisor of the Spanish Club and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, both of which are very active school clubs that promote and enjoy the study of Spanish.

Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Millersville University where she has taught Teaching Foreign Language in the Secondary Classroom, a methodology class for future language teachers.

In her home school district, she serves on a committee for the district’s dual language immersion program. As a representative of the program’s parents and families and with her professional background, she contributes to the program’s evaluation and vision for the future.

 

 

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