American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
ACTFL Announces 2014 Teacher of the Year: Linda Egnatz (a 2014 Golden Apple Award Recipient)
Orlando, FL – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2014 National Language Teacher of the Year Award has been awarded to Linda Egnatz, a Spanish language teacher from Lincoln-Way Community High School in Frankfort, IL and a member of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2013 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Orlando, FL.
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 in order to increase the visibility of the importance of learning languages and cultures to the general public.
The other four finalists for the annual ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award representing the other geographic regions of the U.S. were:
- 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
- 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 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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