Donald Reutershan
2006 State Supervisor of the Year

Donald H. Reutershan, Jr., Education Specialist in Modern and Classical Languages at the Maine Department of Education, was recognized in November, 2006 as the State Supervisor of the Year. Mr. Reutershan received the award from Pearson/Prentice Hall at the annual meetings of the National Council of State Supervisors For Languages (NCSSFL) and the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL) in Nashville, Tennessee.

Don Reutershan has excelled in the areas of leadership, innovative contributions, and service at the state, regional, and national levels. He has been the driving force behind curriculum and assessment initiatives in the state of Maine since 1985, receiving the Foreign Language Association of Maine Leadership award in 2001. At the regional level, he served as member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) and its Conference Chair.
Nationally, he was a member of the ACTFL Executive Council and its Program Chair. He was the President of NCSSFL 2004-2005 and is currently its Immediate Past President. He also led the first NCSSFL Delegation to the People’s Republic of China in June, 2005.

Don is called “the face of foreign languages” in Maine. He is known for his graciousness and charm. As one of his colleagues writes, “Not only does everybody in the state (and beyond) know him; he also knows everybody else. No matter whether you see him in the lobby at a conference in Washington, DC, or in the local grocery store, he greets you by name and with a pleasant smile. He’ll ask how things are going and cares what the answer is.”