THE CONSTITUION Changes were proposed for our local AATF constitution.  Copies were emailed to members and were voted on during the business portion of the Fall Workshop.  The changes were approved.

AATF of CNY - Constitution
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The AATF of CNY has revised its constitution.  Click on the icon to access a copy.


 Jennifer Kostolecki

School Affiliation: Whitesboro High School

Title: French/Spanish Teacher

Years of Service: 23 years

Levels Taught: French 6th grade (Exploratory), Level 1 - Level 3 

 Spanish 6th grade (Exploratory), Level 1- Level 4


Leadership/Advisory Position(s): President AATF of CNY (2016-Current)

Vice-President/Grand Concours Administrator (2011-2016)


Fun fact about me: I have a large collection of Mickey Mouse items.  


Favorite French anything:  Just about anything in a Pâtisserie- J’adore les desserts.  Miam, miam!


Denise Mahns, DML, NBCT             

Vice-President and Grand Concours Administrator

School Affiliation: Fayetteville-Manlius High School


Title: National Board Certified Teacher of French 


Years of Service: 15 years


Levels Taught: French 2 through AP


Leadership/Advisory Position(s): 

Vice President and National French Contest Administrator, AATF of CNY

Membership Manager, LECNY

4th Vice President for VOTE-COPE and Member Support, FMTA

Lifetime member of NYSAFLT; member of AATF, ACTFL, ACQS


Fun fact about me: I love  to travel, go to restaurants and theater -- this pandemic has been very hard on me!  Luckily, I also like to read.


 Jolene Bennett

School Affiliation: Chittenango High School


Title : French Teacher & World Language Department Chair


Years of Service: 17 years


Levels Taught: French 1, 2 & 3


Leadership/Advisory Position(s): Secretary of AATF of CNY (2010-present)


Fun fact about me: I love reading, travel, Zumba and spending time with my family and friends.


Favorite French anything:  Quiche has been my favorite food since I was little!  My favorite places in France include Avignon, Giverny and Bretagne.  And I love to teach about Québec and take my students there!  


Sarah Woodward-Jones

School Affiliation: Fayetteville- Manlius Schools

Title: LOTE District Curriculum Coordinator, National Board Certified French teacher


Years of Service: 15


Levels Taught: 7th grade French through level 4 Pre AP French


Leadership/Advisory Position(s): Treasurer AATF of CNY (2011-Current), faculty advisor Société Honoraire de Français, 

Fun fact about me: I enjoy reading, exercising and dance.  I dream of returning to France with my two young daughters in the next few years!  


Favorite French anything: How do you choose!?! Pâtisserie- Opéras, macarons  Ville : Paris  Parisian site :  le jardin japonais au Musée Guimet

I dream of visiting Morocco, and hope to return to Nice to spend more time one day.


Michael Ashley

Newsletter Editor

School Affiliation: Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School


Title : French Teacher


Years of Service: 8 years


Levels Taught: French, Level 1 - Level 5, FRE 191/201   Spanish, Level 1


Leadership/Advisory Position(s): Editor in Chief of the Cocorico (2019-Present)

Social Media Manager (2018-2020)


Fun fact about me: I love movies, musicals, dystopian novels, hockey games, and traveling (I can’t wait to someday be in Montreal again).


Favorite French anything: The music!!  I play many different genres of French music in my class and, for many students, that is their favorite part of coming to my class.


 Diane Paravazian

AATF Regional Representative

Jessica Keane

Academic Projects Coordinator

School Affiliation: Cicero North Syracuse High School


Title : French Teacher 


Years of Service: 11 years


Levels Taught: Currently: French III & French V

Past: French 1A, 1B, III Honors, IV, Spanish 1A & II


Leadership/Advisory Position(s): Academic Programs Coordinator - AATF (2018 - present), Treasurer - LECNY (2017-present), Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator, College Credit Liasion 


Fun fact about me: I love to travel and have visited over 12 different countries. I love to participate in professional development and have been blessed with doing so in Montreal, Washington DC and Tours, France!


Favorite French pastry: pain au chocolat 


Kimberley Harter

School Affiliation: Mexico High School; SUNY @ Oswego

Title: Retired French Teacher

Years of Service: 33 years

Levels Taught: Levels 8, 1-5 and College 201 and 202


Leadership/Advisory Position(s): Project Support Specialist, SUNY @ Oswego; Webmaster AATF of CNY; National Council SHF Teacher Representative: LECNY Secretary; NYSAFLT PAC Mentor


Fun fact about me: I enjoy watching anything that involves colorguard... parades, competitions, field band and movies. I coached summer and winter colorguard for a total of 22 years at Mexico High School.


Favorite French anything:  I love the monuments and architecture througout France.


PRESIDENT:  Jennifer Kostolecki




                      Denise Mahns, DML, NBCT



SECRETARY:  Jolene Bennett



TREASURER:  Sarah Woodward-Jones












WEBMASTER:Kimberley Harter





                              Robin Brown


                              Roseann Lorefice


                              Betty O'Hara







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