Lea Graner Kennedy is currently an ACTFL consultant and an educator in Connecticut. She was the 2016 Supervisor of the Year for the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL). Lea is a French and Spanish teacher in her 29th year in the classroom and administrator with Stonington Schools (CT), and also serves as a world language consultant working with districts around the country. Through her work on the Board for CT COLT and NADSFL, she works to bring language educators together to advocate for and deliver quality language programs for all students. Lea was the NECTFL (Northeast Conference) Emerging Leader named to participate in the inaugural cohort through the national Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) program. Lea has provided numerous workshops for ACTFL as its Senior Education Advisor, supporting schools deeply examining their practices to become even more effective.
During her 20 years in education, Amanda Robustelli-Price has worked as a French teacher, department coordinator, and teacher trainer. She is the current president of the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers. Passionate about proficiency, Amanda is in her fifth year back in the high school classroom, and is working diligently to propel herself and her students forward on the path to proficiency.
Dear CT COLT Members,
It’s summer, we made it! I hope that as you read this, you are having a peaceful and healthy break. For me, this time of year is one of deep reflection, where I look back, check in on how I’m doing, and then start to mentally plan for the upcoming school year.
When I think back to the school year that has just wrapped up, I am grateful for the resiliency of my students, my responsive school and district leadership, the teamwork of the CT COLT Board and members, and the support of my colleagues, family, and friends. I am proud to be a part of this incredibly flexible, diligent, creative, and giving profession. I cannot believe how much I evolved this past year. In particular, my colleagues and I zoomed forward in our use of technology and social emotional learning strategies, which were critical for learning and connection. It was surprising that serenity appeared when slowing down and thinking about my priorities in a fresh light.