2023 Keynote Information

Central States Welcomes A.C. Quintero as our 2023 Keynote Speaker!

A.C. Quintero is a Spanish teacher in Chicago, IL with 17 years of experience as an International Baccalaureate middle school teacher, high school teacher, and adjunct instructor. She holds a Master’s in Latin American Literature and Cultures coupled with a Master’s in Educational Leadership. These dual degrees have afforded her a vantage point from both ends of the educational spectrum: instruction and evaluation. A.C. has been sharing her unique perspective on pedagogy and language acquisition for more than ten years at national, regional, and state conferences. She recently was awarded the AATSP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for her work in the classroom, as well as her contributions to the world language community.  As an accomplished author of comprehensible novels, A.C. aims to write compelling stories in Spanish, French, German, and English that provide windows and mirrors for students while enhancing their communication skills.

The title of A.C.'s keynote is "Inquire, Empower & Inspire to Greater Heights: Equity in Action!"