maria-surma-photoRivermont language teachers, Ha Dao and Maria Surma, attended the Iowa World Language Associate (IWLA) Conference in Des Moines on October 12 and 13. Surma was a presenter at the conference which was themed Oh! The places we’ll go. . . The people we’ll know. . . Her presentation, “Get them moving, get them racing, get them feeling . . . get your students HOOKED on language!” was voted the “Best of Iowa.”

In her session, Surma shared ideas on how to enhance students’ excitement about their World Language class by engaging their five senses, tapping on their multiple intelligences, and appealing to their competitive instincts.

She was invited to present at the Central States Conference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) in Columbus, OH in 2019 as well as the IWLA Conference in October 2018.