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ACTFL Announces 2014 Teacher of the Year Finalists
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900 Ext. 110
Alexandria, VA (July 25, 2013) – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced the five finalists for the annual ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award. The finalists representing the five geographic regions of the U.S. are:
- Norma Arroyo: Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, CO; Spanish Language Teacher – Southwest Conference on Language Teaching
- Margarita Boyatzi Dempsey: Smithfield High School, Greenville, RI; French/Spanish Language Teacher – Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- Linda Egnatz: Lincoln-Way Community High School, Frankfort, IL; Spanish Language Teacher – Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- Robert Patrick: Parkview High School, Lawrenceville, GA; Latin Language Teacher – Southern Conference on Language Teaching
- Taeko Tashibu: Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA; Japanese Language Teacher – Pacific Northwest Council for Languages
The award for the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year is intended to elevate the status of the language teaching profession at the state, regional, and national levels by creating opportunities for recognizing the most accomplished members of the profession. The Language Teacher of the Year becomes a spokesperson for the language profession in order to increase the visibility of the importance of learning languages and cultures to the general public.
The official 2014 Teacher of the Year will be named at ACTFL’s Annual Convention, in Orlando, FL November 22-24, 2013.
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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Thursday, July 25, 2013