To replace Ana Marti, who moved to the position of Assistant Principal, the West Orange School District has hired a new K-12 World Languages Supervisor.
The district has selected Laura Arredondo, who w hired during the summer. Arredondo holds a Masters in School Leadership from Montclair State University and a Masters in Education from Kean University.
“The global nature of our society makes learning another language increasingly important for success in the contemporary work place,” said Interim Superintendent James O’Neill. “We have a comprehensive World Languages program at the high school and look forward to providing the same at the elementary and middle schools in the district. The amount of Spanish that students will receive in 7th grade will be increased which will result in more students entering high school at Level 2 and eventually enrolling in AP courses. Ms. Arredondo has a deep knowledge of the subject area and the ability to make the program grow stronger.”
The goals of the World Languages Supervisor are to strengthen the alignment of the K-12 language and culture offerings in the district; to oversee the continued development and implementation of thematic curricula and assessments according to The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines and state standards; to train new members of the World Languages faculty on ACTFL delivery of instruction methods and assessment prototypes; to effectively evaluate teachers with the district’s new Teacher Evaluation Model in order to provide targeted and constructive feedback; and to collaborate with World Languages teachers in the analysis of assessment data to guide instruction.
“With Ana Marti moving to the position of Assistant Principal, we had a vacancy that was extremely important to fill. Laura Arredondo was just the person we were looking for and we are excited she is here to help move this program forward,” continued Mr.O’Neill.
“I am excited to be part of a district that is a noted leader in the instruction of World Languages and where the study of language and culture is valued and celebrated,” said Arredondo.