Toni Theisen: ACTFL President 2013, ACTFL Teacher of the Year 2009
Toni Theisen, the ACTFL 2013 President, currently teaches French at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado where she is also the Thompson District World Languages and Cultures Curriculum Representative and the World Languages and Cultures department chair at Loveland High School. She is a National Board Certified teachers and has a Masters of Arts Degree in Foreign Language Teaching and French from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters of Arts Degree in Education of Diverse Learners from the University of Phoenix. Very active in the foreign language profession, Toni has presented many workshops for the national, regional, and state conferences and has authored several articles on Multiple Intelligences, Differentiated Instruction language learning strategies and technology and tools for the 21st century learner. She has participated on a variety of professional committees including the task force for the Colorado Model Content Standards Project and the teacher standards committee for Colorado Teacher Licensure. She chaired the 2009 revision of the Colorado Model Content Standards for World Languages. She is currently chairing the Colorado Department of Education's Assessment Review Committee and the Curriculum Units project. She also served on the standards writing committee for the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards for World Languages Other Than English in 2000 and most recently in 2008, acted as the co-chair for the revision committee of the standards the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards for World Languages. Toni also has spent many summers in France organizing and leading student travel/homestay programs. She is the co-author of Bon Voyage and a co-author of the EMC/Paradigm French I and II series, C’est à Toi. She is also a co-author of the EMC/Paradigm French I-III series, T'es Branché. Toni has received many honors and awards including the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for the Teaching of Culture, The Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT') Outstanding Teacher Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2002 Genevieve Overman Memorial Service Award from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT). She has served as President of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Teachers in 1988-89. As an Executive Board member for the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) from 2001-2005 Toni served as the national program chair for the 2004 and 2005 annual conferences. She was the Local Arrangements Chair for the CSC, SWCOLT and CCFLT Joint Languages Conference in 1988. In 1991 she served as the Program Chair for the Central States Conference (CSC) in Indianapolis. She was the Assistant Local Chair for the CSC, SWCOLT, PNCFL, and CCFLT joint conference in 1995 and the Co-Chair of Local Arrangements for the CCFLT/SWCOLT Joint Languages Conference in Denver 2003. She was selected as the SWCOLT Foreign Language Teacher of the year in March of 2008 and became the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Language 2009 World Languages Teacher of the Year in Orlando, Nov. 2008. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her dachshund, Coney.