Rita A. Oleksak, Board Member, JNCL-NCLIS
Past President, National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)
Rita A. Oleksak is the Director of Foreign Languages/ELL for the Glastonbury Public Schools. Rita oversees a staff of 60 foreign language teachers and ELL tutors and is responsible for hiring and direct supervision. In 2009, Glastonbury was named one of the first 20 Confucius Classroom cohorts. Glastonbury has also been funded for seven STARTALK summers attended by Chinese and Russian teachers and students, and most recently, Arabic students.
Ms. Oleksak is the past president of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL). She is also past president of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL) and The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). As the president of ACTFL, she had the honor of addressing a Senate Sub Committee to present ten priorities for language learning in the United States. She is also past president of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) and former co-chair of the K-16 Foreign Language Teachers of Western Massachusetts Collaborative.