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AATG Announces 2019 Election Results

Thursday, October 10, 2019  
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AATG is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 election. Congratulations to these members elected to serve on the Board of Directors, the governing body of the AATG, starting January 1, 2020. 

Priscilla Layne, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will serve as Vice President in 2020-2021, President in 2022-2023, and Immediate Past President in 2024-2025.

Priscilla Layne is an African American of Caribbean descent; born to immigrant parents. She learned German starting in 7th grade in public schools in Chicago. She majored in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, with a focus on German and English Literature. The first time she traveled to Germany was during her junior year. She first spent two months at the Goethe Institute in Düsseldorf. Then she was in a year-long program at the FU in Berlin. Luckily, after two months in Düsseldorf and years of training in the US previously, she was completely fluent. She tried her best to make German friends and immersed herself in the culture. 

After graduating with a BA, she spent two subsequent years in Berlin. For one year, she was a Fulbright TA at the Werner-von-Siemens Gymnasium, where she assisted teachers in grades 5-13. The following year, she conducted qualitative research on the left-wing skinhead scene with a grant from the Berlin Parliament. Following that, she started a PhD program at UC Berkeley, which took her 6 years. In 2011, she became a faculty member at UNC-CH. She is now tenured as of 2018 and her first book has been published.

Cynthia Chalupa, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, will serve as Central Region Representative 2020-2022.

Cynthia Chalupa is an Associate Professor of German and Language Program Director at West Virginia University. She received a B.A. in German and English at the University of Michigan and M.A. and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University. She studied at the Universität Bonn and was a summer graduate instructor at the TU Dresden. She has taught all levels of language and culture as well as FL teaching methods and general education courses. She has served as an AP Reader and co-chair of the AP German Exam Development and the National German Exam Committees. She was an advisory board member for the ACTFL/ETS Praxis II Exam and the ACTFL-DLI Standards Setting Committee and is an OPI tester. 

She has co-authored a teacher’s handbook on teaching with TV programming and Neue Blickwinkel, an intermediate language and culture textbook. Her research spans literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, assessment, foreign language pedagogy, and media literacy in the classroom. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences and held workshops on teaching with authentic video, assessment writing/rating, and program articulation. She has taken students to Germany for fourteen consecutive summers and established internships for them to gain professional experience abroad.

Daphne Warren, Plano Independent School District, Texas, will serve as Southwest Region Representative 2020-2022.

Daphne Warren is a student advocate who teaches German at Plano Senior High School for PISD. Her focus is the students-first initiative that she has promoted since 2011 when becoming an educator. Daphne has earned a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus on Curriculum and Instructional Leadership. As an educator, Daphne has operated in multiple capacities, such as a chair to her department of 11, a curriculum and assessment writer, ETS rater, AP reader, AP development committee advisor, co-presenter for her school district, state, region, and at national conferences, and as a co-author for Wayside Publishing. 

She also has been an active member of AATG and ACTFL since the beginning of her career and is currently the chair of the Alle lernen Deutsch committee and the treasurer of the AATG North Texas branch. In addition, Daphne works with administration and educators on identifying students who should be taking honors and advance courses in high school. Daphne Warren promotes German studies in everything she does, while creating a community of inclusivity. Her ultimate goal is to have German offered in at least every school district in the nation in order to continue to grow students as global citizens.

Special thanks to all of the candidates, members of the nominating committee, and AATG members who cast ballots in this year's election.

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