Authentic Language, Authentic Learning

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Shoreham-Wading River High School World Languages teacher Maryanne Agius was selected as a recipient of a New Teacher Conference Mentor Scholarship to attend the 65th annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The conference – slated for Feb. 7–9 in Manhattan – will be three days of discussions, workshops, sessions, exhibits, speeches and awards, which reflect the general trends, interests and needs of its constituents. She was one of only 25 scholarship recipients for new teachers in the entire Northeast.

Providing a forum for language educators from Maine to Virginia, the conference will be an opportunity for Agius to gather resources and ideas to bring back to Shoreham-Wading River for colleagues and students.

In addition to registration and a pre-conference workshop, Agius will also be paired with an experienced teacher who is a veteran conference attendee who will support and strategize with her about what sessions to attend, etc. She will also meet with the scholarship sponsors, Vista Higher Learning and the Language Regional Bilingual Educational Resource Network at New York University, as well as network with other scholarship recipients.

“She is a dedicated and hardworking teacher, quite deserving of this award,” said Nicole Waldbauer, the district’s Director of Humanities, who recognized and congratulated her for the accomplishment at a recent Board of Education meeting.