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Sec. Arne Duncan Meets with Noah Geisel, ACTFL’s Teacher of the Year

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CONTACT: Marty Abbott
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Alexandria, VA (May 22, 2013) -- During the National Teacher Appreciation week, which took place May 6-10, 2013, US Department of Education’s Secretary, Arne Duncan recognized Mr. Noah Geisel as the National Language Teacher of the Year—an award presented by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annually.

Geisel is a Spanish teacher at East High School in Denver, CO. He commented that his enthusiasm for teaching Spanish: “comes from my love of language and culture, and belief that language learning and understanding of cultures are essential to my students’ futures.”

In an article on the US Department of Education’s blog, Clay Pell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education, writes: “In the months ahead, we look forward to working with foreign language teachers like Mr. Geisel across the country...and encourage new partnerships between institutions of higher education and neighboring schools and communities. This is the kind of partnership that makes foreign language programs sustainable and develops the cradle-to-career pipeline that we need for foreign language competencies.”

View article on the official US Dept. of Education blog.

About ACTFL

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,300 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

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Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013