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Annual Meeting

Fall Conference is a time for professional development and collegiality as well as a gathering of MCTLC members to effectuate official business. This may include voting on amendments or modifications to our Constitution and By-Laws as well as elections to the Executive Council. This year members will cast ballots for three such positions, detailed below.

Additional nominations are accepted through October 1, 2012. Nominate yourself or a colleague by sending a brief biography to President Mary Thrond.


Vice-President is a four-year commitment entailing one year as Vice-President, one year as President-elect, one year as President and one year as Past President.

Candidate Kay Edberg currently teaches four levels of high school Spanish in Mora including two concurrent enrollment classes. She has also led several trips with students to both Spain and Costa Rica. Kay received her B.S. in Spanish and Secondary Education from Bemidji State University and as part of her undergraduate work studied abroad at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. She earned a Máster Universitario en Lengua y Cultura Españolas from  the Universidad de Salamanca. She currently serves as the MCTLC Chair of Membership.  As Vice-president she looks forward to encouraging more members to get involved in MCTLC in order to incorporate more ideas on how we can serve our constituents.


Treasurer serves MCTLC for a period of two years.

Candidate Allison Spenader is a faculty member of the Education Department of the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota, a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures: Scandinavian Studies. She is also the dean at Sjölunden, the Swedish Language Village of Concordia Language Villages. She is fluent in Swedish and has studied Polish, Finnish, Chinese and German.  She was an AFS exchange student in Sweden, and has subsequently studied at the University of Stockholm, as well as Jagiellonian University, in Krakow, Poland. She has taught Swedish at the University of Minnesota and at the American Swedish Institute. Allison is currently the MCTLC Treasurer.


Secretary serves MCTLC for a period of two years.

Candidate Frances Matos-Schultz is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.  She supervises the first year course and works with the new graduate instructors. She has been developing hybrid course design and technology-mediated language learning since 1999.  She is currently engaged in cross-discipline content initiatives for language level courses, development of hybrid and blended models and online learning.  She has been a member of MCTLC since 2003 and has had the pleasure to serve first as a Regional Representative and until this year, as the Higher Education Representative to the MCTLC Board. She is currently the interim MCTLC Secretary because the former Secretary, Donna LeGrand, moved into the position of President-elect at the beginning of 2012.  

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