Professional BiographyHal BolandWorld Languages and Cultures - German
Boland was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BA in the German language from the University of Illinois at Champaign. He continued his studies with an MA in German linguistics at Middlebury College in Vermont and at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany. Upon completion of further education at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park, he also earned an MEd in German Literature and Methodology as well as English as a Second Language. Additional classwork has been completed through the University of Virginia.Teaching positions have included lecturer of English in the Englisches Seminar at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany; Adjunct Professor of German at the DePaul University in Chicago and the University of Shenandoah, as well as teacher of both AP(Advanced Placement) and IB(International Baccalaureate) German programs with the Fairfax County Public School System. He has been employed as a Loudoun County teacher of German since the opening of Heritage High School in 2002. Mr. Boland sponsors a chapter of the Delta Epsilon Phi, the German National Honor Society and also maintained an active partnership program (GAPP) with the Hannah-Arendt-Gesamtschule in Soest, Germany until 2017.Mr. Boland was a member of the SAT German Language Testing Committee and also sat on the AATG-National German Language Testing Committee. In addition, his involvement with the AP College Board includes German Reader, Table Leader as well as Question Leader for ETS. He also presents workshops annually for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) as well as for the Goethe-Institut. Boland is also a team member of the Trainernetzwerk, which provides workshops for instructors of German in the US.In 2008, the German program at Heritage High school became a member of the PASCH worldwide initiative "School: Partners for the Future." There are only nine German high school programs in the United States designated with this honor. Coordinated by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, this program provides classroom funding and study trips to Germany for Heritage faculty. Furthermore, two to four selected students of German as well as Mr. Boland attend summer seminars in Germany each year provided by the Goethe-Institut.In 2013, Boland was elected Vice President of AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) and was President of this organization from 2015-2017, which supports educators for all instructional levels of German. AATG has members in all 50 states and nearly 20 countries worldwide.
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