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UMW announces annual Educator-In-Residence

The University of Mary Washington announced Tuesday that Marty Abbott, class of ‘72 and executive director for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), will serve as the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Educator-In-Residence event on Saturday, April 26.

Abbott will speak at 12:45 p.m. at the north building of UMW’s Stafford campus.

Graduating students from the College of Education will present their research projects from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., before the lecture.

Abbott’s speech will then be followed by recognition of the College of Education graduates at 1:20 p.m.

The lecture and presentations are free and open to the public.

According to a university release Abbott was the recipient of UMW’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004, and her career in Fairfax County Public Schools as a language teacher, foreign language coordinator and director of high school instruction. She currently leads ACTFL’s national public awareness campaign, “Lead with Languages!” which will launch later in 2014.

Abbott received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Latin from UMW and a master’s degree in Spanish linguistics from Georgetown University.


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  • J. C. Smith

    Congratulations to Marty Abbott for this honor.

    What is the Educator-In-Residence event? An explanation would help us all understand the whole thing.