When I first started teaching back in 1992, my professional world consisted of my classroom, my department, and the faculty and staff at my school. Very quickly, however, I learned that there were countless networks available for teachers to connect, share ideas, successes, and challenges. I knew I wanted to be a part of this action and have devoted my career to promote the value of professional organizations. Through the many associations I’ve participated in over the years at the local, state, and national levels my world became much larger – and I became a better teacher and world language professional and advocate. SCOLT has been at the heart of my professional journey since 1999 and I will always remember my first conference. I’ve always contended that there are so many amazing world language educators in the SCOLT region, and the association helps play a vital role to connect the dots across the Southeast. We are all in this together, and I am honored and satisfied to think I may have helped to connect a few dots over the years. The SCOLT Board has my sincerest thanks for this recognition. I can’t wait to see everyone again in person!