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ACTFL Names Finalists for Language Teacher of the Year

CONTACT: Steve Ackley

October 29, 2007, Alexandria, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced the five regional finalists for the third annual ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award.  The winner will be announced at the November 16 Opening General Session of ACTFL’s November 15-18 convention in San Antonio, TX.

Sponsored by publisher McDougal Littell, a division of Houghton Mifflin Co., the award annually recognizes a foreign language teacher at the K-12 level who exhibits excellence in classroom language teaching.  This individual will also serve as a spokesperson for the language profession for the following year.  The conceptual idea of the award was developed through the New Visions in Action project which piloted the selection process in the Southwest region of the U.S.  Initial screening of candidates is performed by each state language association and the state winner is submitted to the regional language conferences.  Committees in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Central States, Southern and Northeast regions select the five finalists.  These teachers are then evaluated by an ACTFL Awards Committee consisting of past presidents of the association as well as other representatives of the profession.  The winner will receive a $2,000 stipend.

The finalists representing the five geographic regions of the U.S. are:  Kathryn Beppler, teacher of French at Evanston High School, Evanston, WY;  Janet Glass, a teacher of Spanish at Dwight Englewood School, Englewood, NJ;  Betty Lotterman, a Spanish teacher at Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, MN;  Jamin Lynch, teacher of German at Independence High School in San Jose, CA; and Juan Carlos Morales, a German and Japanese teacher at Miami Palmetto Senior High School in Miami, FL.

More than 10,000 foreign language educators and administrators hold membership in ACTFL.  The association provides these members with a wide variety of professional development opportunities, including training and certification programs.  The annual convention offers more than 700 program sessions and workshops where members and experts in the field share their research, classroom experience and best practices.


Monday, October 29, 2007