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Missouri Educator Named 2010 National Language Teacher of the Year

CONTACT: Steve Ackley

December 8, 2009, Alexandria, VA – Lisa Lilley, a Spanish teacher at Central High School in Springfield, MO, has been selected as the 2010 National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  The award was presented at the association’s 43rd Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in San Diego, CA on November 20, 2009.

Ms. Lilley moved to her present position in 2008 after teaching for 15 years at another area high school.  At Central, she leads classes in International Baccalaureate, pre-Baccalaureate and IB Spanish Literature.  She considers the teaching of cultures to be an essential component of language education.

She was one of five regional winners from around the U.S. who were finalists for the national award.  The other finalists were Renee Fritzen of Campbell County High School in Gillette, WY; Nella Spurlin from Temple High School in Temple, TX; Vickie Mike of Horseheads School District in Horseheads, NY; Linda Zins-Adams from Highland High School in Fort Thomas, KY.

The award, which is sponsored by ACTFL and publisher Holt McDougal, was created to recognize a foreign language teacher who exhibits excellence in language teaching.  The selection process includes the submission of a portfolio and a teaching video.  Nominees are first evaluated by their state language organization, after which each state submits its top candidate to one of five regional committees for additional review.  Regional winners are evaluated and interviewed by ACTFL’s awards committee.  In serving as a spokesperson for language education over the coming year, Lilley will make appearances and give presentations at foreign language conferences as well as at events that promote language education through the Discover Languages … Discover the World!® public awareness campaign.

The 2009 ACTFL conference attracted an attendance of nearly 6000 language teachers and administrators and offered more than 600 program sessions and workshops, as well as more than 350 exhibits.  Conference highlights included a keynote address by former Obama Deputy Campaign Manager and advocacy consultant Steve Hildebrand as well as special feature sessions highlighting advocacy for languages and on establishing research priorities for languages.  

ACTFL membership includes more than 12,000 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.



Tuesday, December 8, 2009