“I was the department town-wide chair of foreign languages in West Hartford (CT) for many years. Our FLES program was under attack annually. At one point it did not survive but then was reinstated with vigor and has since not been under attack. I really credit the fact that it’s back due to the strong support of NNELL. When I needed support I turned to NNELL and was rewarded with their help with leaders in the field offering me advice, support from other school districts, and why an FL program without an elementary program is weak at best. Our colleagues at NNELLl made a huge difference, and then and even how I appreciated their support. I retired in 1995 but still keep in touch people like Christy Brown and Judy Katzman and love to join them “to talk shop”.