Leslie Baldwin Immediate Past President Foreign Language Program Specialist
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools
(336) 727.2868 x34250
With a background as an attorney, Jen joined the field of education mid-career, teaching world languages at all levels K-12 from Spanish FLES to I.B. French. In her position as K-12 World Languages Coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, she is responsible for 160+ teachers of nine world languages in 27 secondary schools and an expanding Dual Language One-Way Spanish program in three elementary schools and one middle school. Jen serves as Program Director of a Summer STARTALK Academy providing immersive instruction in Mandarin Chinese and Russian to fifth and sixth grade students. As adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Jen teaches School Law, Professionalism, and Foreign Language Methodologies in the Career Switcher Program, where she first got her start in education. Jen is a passionate advocate for world language and culture learning, currently serving the profession as President of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL), Immediate Past President of the Virginia Foreign Language Supervisor’s Association (VFLSA), and member of the Virginia Biliteracy Seal Steering Committee. Previous posts include Director of the Alliance Française Concours de Français, Secretary of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA), Secretary of the Alliance Française, Chapitre de Grasse, Steering Committee of the Virginia Foreign Language Standards of Learning Technical Assistance Document Development, and member of the TELL Project Advisory Board. Jen is one of the authors of NADSFL’s Principles of Effective World Language Programs, and regularly presents at the state, regional, and national levels on a variety of topics ranging from proficiency-based grading to integrating technology in the world language classroom.
President Coordinator, K-12 World Languages
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
2512 George Mason Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456