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ACTFL Names 2019 National Language Teacher of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jessica Taylor
(703) 894-2900 x119

NEW ORLEANS (November 16, 2018)— The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce that Rebecca Aubrey, an Elementary World (Spanish) Language Teacher at Ashford School in the Ashford School District in Ashford, Connecticut, and a representative of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) has been named the 2019 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during the Opening General Session of the 2018 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in New Orleans on Friday, November 16.

Rebecca Aubrey teaches Spanish language at Ashford School, and is also an instructor at the University of Connecticut, Education Abroad.  In 2018, she was named the NECTFL Teacher of the Year, Connecticut Coucil of Language Teachers Teacher of the Year, and Ashford School Teacher of the Year.  With 20 years of experience teaching Latin American studies and 10 years in Spanish instruction, Aubrey is involved in multiple organizations including Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, National Network for Early Language Learners, EASTCONN Social Studies Council, and Mansfield Public Schools Board of Education.

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 Teacher of the Year becomes a spokesperson for the language profession to increase the visibility of the importance of learning languages and cultures to the general public.

“ACTFL congratulates Rebecca Aubrey and the Ashford School District on this prestigious honor.  I know that Rebecca will be dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching of all languages at all levels of instruction,” said ACTFL President Ali Moeller. “We all look forward to working with her to advocate for language programs throughout the country.”

Learn more about the ACTFL Teacher of the Year Program.

The other four regional finalists for the annual ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award were:

  • Jennifer Melgar, German Teacher, Westwood High School, Austin, TX; Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT)
  • Janet Rowe, Spanish Teacher, Hortonville High School, Hortonville, WI; Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)
  • Heidi Trude, French Teacher, Skyline High School, Front Royal, VA; Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT)
  • Yan Wang, Chinese Teacher, Bartlett High School, Anchorage, AK; Pacific NW Council for Languages (PNCFL)

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 12,000 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.

Date: 
Friday, November 16, 2018