As we transition from a wonderful two year time frame under the direction of Mercedes Muñiz-Peredo, we think back on our great experiences and conferences and yet still look forward to new and exciting adventures in world language education. Your two new Co-Presidents, Julie Canady and Jill Woerner, bring a sense of inclusion of students and educators, exploration of language and culture and global awareness to the table with true IN-NELL spirit. We believe strongly in starting your profession on the right foot with getting involved and building a solid repertoire of experiences and learning. If you are a teacher in your first three years of teaching, you found us at the right time and will see some great new events that we want you to attend!!!

We are excited to open the fall conference season with a dynamic speaker who can share with us strategies to bring world language instruction to our students who have learning disabilities and those who struggle with language learning. We hope you are able to clear your calendar for a portion of the day to join us for such an important workshop. You won’t be disappointed as you will leave rejuvenated, full of new and powerful information and right at the perfect time: The start of the second quarter and around Parent/Teacher Conferences. We want you to return to school ready to answer questions, solve problems and feel at the top of your game. 

We are looking forward to bringing you a series of informative and wonderful conference workshops over the next two years. Please spread the word about the fun you’ve had and the quantity of information that you have learned from IN-NELL conferences of the past and gear up for two years of powerful learning, collaboration and networking with a dose of fun in every conference. We hope to see you on October 3rd and 4th, 2014. 


Julie Canady & Jill Woerner, Co-Presidents


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Deborah Blaz, a French teacher at Angola High School in Angola, Indiana, is the author of six best-selling reference books, The Foreign Language Teacher’s Guide to Active Learning;  Teaching Foreign Languages in the Block; A Collection of Performance Tasks and Rubrics: Foreign Languages;  Bringing the Standards for Foreign Language Learning to Life; Differentiated Instruction: A Guide for Foreign Language Teachers, and Differentiated Assessment for Middle and High School Classrooms. She has frequently presented on successful teaching strategies at state, regional and national conferences, universities, and high schools. A recipient of the Project E Excellence in Education award in 2000, she was also named Indiana’s French Teacher of the Year by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (IAATF) in 1996, and was named to the All-USA Teacher Team, Honorable Mention, by USA Today in 1996.

            Madame Blaz is currently a French teacher at Angola High School in Angola, Indiana, and she may be contacted at Angola High School, 350 S. John McBride Ave, Angola, IN 46703 or by e-mail:

Angelia Ridgway, Director of Secondary Education at University of Indianapolis, has spent her career in teaching in a variety of secondary settings with particular specialty in modern language methods and teacher education. Angelia's specific professional interests include preparing college students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, to enter the field of secondary teaching. In addition, she has conducted both projects and research on ways to infuse learning processing theory and engagement strategies in preparing health educators for higher education. Angelia has presented at a number of State, Regional and National conferences in modern language and teacher education. Her current area of focus is bringing 1:1 environments to teacher preparation.


Dr. Angelia Ridgway

Associate Professor & Director of Secondary Education School of Education

Rose Egan.  Spanish Teacher, Cathedral High School, Indianapolis indiana.