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ACTFL Names 2007 National Language Teacher of the Year

CONTACT: Steve Ackley

November 30, 2006, Alexandria, VA –  Natomas (CA) High School French teacher Christine Lanphere was named the recipient of the 2007 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award.   The presentation was made at the 40th Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Nashville, TN on November 17, 2006. 

Lanphere, who resides in Elk Grove, CA, has 13 years of experience as a language educator and serves as World Languages Department Chair at Natomas.  She was one of five regional winners from around the U.S. who were finalists for the national award.  Lanphere was the finalist from the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching, while the other finalists were Christi Moraga, Farmington, CT, representing the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Tracy Veler Knick, Melbourne, FL from the Southern Conference on Language Teaching, Gisela Holmquist, Mequon, WI, from the Central States Conference on Language Teaching, and Terri Carnes, Corvallis , CA, representing the Pacific Northwest Council for Languages.

The award, which is sponsored by publisher McDougal Littell, was created to recognize a foreign language teacher at the K-12 level who exhibits excellence in classroom language teaching.  The selection process includes the submission of a portfolio and a teaching video, as well as an interview with the selection committee.  In serving as a spokesperson for language education over the coming year, Lanphere will make appearances and give presentations at foreign language conferences as well as at events that promote language education through the Discover Languages public awareness campaign.

The 2006 ACTFL conference was attended by more than 5,000 language teachers and administrators and offered more than 650 program sessions and workshops, as well as more than 350 exhibits.  Conference highlights included a keynote address by television journalist Forrest Sawyer and a special plenary session, “The Power of Language: U.S. Language Policy Five Years After 9/ll”, which demonstrated how educators can expand the impact of President Bush’s 2006 National Security Language Initiative. 

ACTFL membership includes more than 9,000 language professionals from all levels of education and representing all languages.  The association provides these members with a wide variety of professional development opportunities, including training and certification programs.  All members receive the association’s two publications, the Foreign Language Annals scholarly journal and The Language Educator magazine.



Thursday, November 30, 2006