Martha G. Abbott, Board Member, JNCL-NCLIS
Executive Director, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Marty Abbott’s career began in Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) where she was a language teacher, foreign language coordinator, and Director of High School Instruction. She has served on national committees to develop student standards, beginning teacher standards, and performance assessments in foreign languages. She was President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in 2003, Chair of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in 1999, and President of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia in 1996. Marty also was co-chair of the national public awareness campaign 2005: The Year of Languages and now heads up ACTFL’s national public awareness campaign Discover Languages…Discover the World! She holds her B.A. degree in Spanish with a minor in Latin from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s Degree in Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University.