By Alfonso De Torres Núñez
During the Kentucky World Language Association’s annual conference in September, new leadership was elected for two of the six different language-specific state professional organizations.
Kentucky chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (KY-AATSP)
Chris Anama-Green is the new president of the KY-AATSP.
Anama-Green earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish from Emory & Henry College and a master of arts in teaching (Spanish education) from Morehead State University. He also holds a master of public health degree from East Carolina University and a TESOL certificate from Arizona State University.
Anama-Green first taught Spanish for Jenkins Independent schools, but is now in his second year at Harlan County High School. He is co-adviser of the “Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica” chapter at his school.
Anama-Green previously served as Region 5 regional representative and is a board member of the Kentucky World Language Association. He has studied Spanish in Barcelona, Spain; Guanajuato, Mexico; and Cabarete, Dominican Republic. He is working on his doctorate in educational leadership through University of the Cumberlands.
Read more about KY-AATSP in the Kentucky Teacher article, “Speaking Spanish and Portuguese in Kentucky! ¡Hola! Olá!”
Kentucky Classical Association (KCA)
Brandi Larkey is the new president of the KCA.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Centre College with majors in classical studies and theater. She earned her master’s degree in education at the University of Kentucky.
Larkey began her teaching career by beginning a Latin program at Northern Elementary (Fayette County), then taught Latin at Lexington Catholic High School for 12 years. She now directs a program called High Marks at Lexington Catholic, which helps struggling learners of all types to find academic success.
Larkey was awarded the Amici Linguarum Award by the Kentucky World Language Association in 2016 for her work in using Latin to aid students struggling with the English language.
Read more about KCA in the Kentucky Teacher article, “Stay classical Kentucky!”