About

Catherine Ritz, EdD

As an undergraduate, I had not planned on a career in teaching, though I have always been strongly drawn to foreign languages, so I minored in French and spent a year abroad studying in France. After working for a few years in publishing as an associate editor, my passion for languages was as strong as ever and I made the life-altering decision to pursue a Master’s in Education at New York University. Within two years, I found myself in front of a classroom of high school students and plunged into what would grow into an even deeper passion for education. I have taught French and Spanish at the middle and high school level for many years — obtaining National Board Teaching Certification in French. I worked as the Director of World Languages at Arlington Public Schools in Massachusetts from 2011-2017, and am now a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Modern Foreign Language Education at the Boston University School of Education. I hold a Master’s in Foreign Language Literature and Culture (focusing on French and Spanish) from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) since 2011, and am currently serving as the Programming Coordinator. I am also on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL). I regularly present at regional and national conferences, and enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge with other teachers.

What people are saying…

“Maraviolloso. Very engaging. Wish it had been longer. Gracias.” – an attendee from the New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers (NHAWLT) Conference, 2016

“I’ve rated many [workshops] at a 5, but this has been my favorite presentation of the entire conference!” – an attendee from the New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers (NHAWLT) Conference, 2016

“Catherine Ritz is so well organized, relaxed, thoughtful, generous, honest, and informative. I could have sat for hours longer to learn more. Thank you.” – an attendee from the MaFLA Fall Conference, 2015

“Excellent. Excellent. This woman is a true teacher! Her presentation was colorful, superbly well organized, and she stayed within the time frame. What a resource!” – an attendee from the AATF Annual Convention, 2012

“This was the BEST session that I’ve attended. So informative! Well presented!” – an attendee from the AATF Annual Convention, 2012

“The best presentation today. I hope Catherine presents again next year. I would love to attend another workshop.” – an attendee from the MaFLA Fall Conference, 2012

“Catherine is quite knowledgeable and incredibly helpful. I enjoyed this tremendously, and learned so much!” – an attendee from the MaFLA Fall Conference, 2012

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