Although it is well-established that the younger the child, the more readily he or she can acquire foreign languages, all too few schools make the most of this opportunity. Suzanne Olson, building administrator at Hall-Dale Middle School in Farmingdale, is a notable exception. Through a unique foreign language program created by a district team that included Ms. Olson, students in grades three through eight are required to take classes in French, Japanese and Spanish. Hall-Dale Middle School has also established an ongoing student exchange with Aomori Prefecture in Japan. Ms. Olson is a member of the Maine Arts Commission and chairs its Arts in Education committee.
1969 Wheaton College, B.A.