The CSCTFL Regional Teacher of the Year Award

Congratulations to our 2022 Teacher of the Year, Armando Johnson!

The CSCTFL Regional Teacher of the Year Award

The CSCTFL Regional Teacher of the Year Award is intended to elevate the status and public profile of the language profession both by recognizing accomplished members of our profession and by creating media opportunities that enhance the visibility and share the importance of language learning with the media, policy makers, and the general public.


Congratulations to CSCTFL's 2022 Regional Teacher of the Year, Armando Johnson, Central High School (Springfield, MO).


Description of the Teacher of the Year Award

The CSCTFL Teacher of the Year Award is intended to recognize accomplished members of our profession and increase the visibility and importance of language learning with the media, policy makers, and the general public. The award also recognizes best practices and excellence in the teaching and learning of languages.


Teacher of the Year Process and Timeline

Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Teacher of the Year Award Procedures


The National Language Teacher of the Year Award Program


The ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award is intended to elevate the status and the public profile of the language profession at the state, regional, and national levels by creating opportunities to recognize accomplished members of our profession. First and foremost, this process is designed to involve all of our state, regional, and national organizations in promoting the language teaching profession. Second, it is intended to create as many media opportunities as possible to increase the visibility and importance of language learning with the media, policymakers, and the general public. The award also recognizes best practices and excellence in the teaching and learning of languages. All regional finalists are featured in the ACTFL Language Teacher Hall of Fame, located on the ACTFL website at www.actfl.org.


State, Regional, and National Program Phases


The general procedures for the state, regional, and national phases of the award program are available on the ACTFL website.


Generally, the Teacher of the Year Award winners from each state association are forwarded as state nominees for the CSCTFL Teacher of the Year Award. The CSCTFL Teacher of the Year automatically becomes the region’s nominee for the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award.


Procedures for Selecting the CSCTFL Teacher of the Year


From the nominee/candidate perspective, the process consists of three steps: (1) being nominated by their state association, (2) submitting their regional portfolio, and (3) being interviewed by the CSCTFL Awards Committee at the spring conference.


The 2023 CSCTFL Teacher of the Year will be named during the Awards and Keynote Presentation on Thursday, March 9, 2023. The CSCTFL Teacher of the Year will go on to represent our region at the ACTFL Convention in Chicago, Illinois, November 17-19, 2023. ACTFL covers all conference-related costs for regional nominees.


Nomination


Early each fall, the chairperson of the CSCTFL Awards Committee emails state association leadership requesting the name of the nominee. States must be current members of the CSCTFL Advisory Council to submit nominations. State leaders can renew their Advisory Council membership HERE. State association leaders must provide the name of their nominees by December 1, 2022.


Submission of Regional Portfolio


Once candidates have been nominated by their state associations, they should begin gathering all materials required for the regional portfolio. State nominees for the CSCTFL Teacher of the Year Award should assemble the following items:


  1. A CSCTFL Teacher of the Year State Organization Nomination Cover Page. This fillable PDF form has been emailed to state organization leadership. If should be filled out by a representative from the state association and emailed directly to the nominee.

  2. A 500-word first-person statement on the value of learning languages and developing cultural competence for all learners.

  3. A curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages. Attendance at past Central States Conferences and/or participation on the Central States Board or committees should be noted here.

  4. A one-page letter of recommendation from a supervisor

  5. A one-page letter of recommendation from a current student

  6. A one-page letter of recommendation from a current or former parent or student

  7. Examples of student work (two individual examples, one page and one-sided only) that reflect the goals of the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (5 Cs). These can be written examples or in a digital format.

  8. Reflection on the student work not to exceed 4 pages (Size 12 font, double-spaced) total for both examples that provides a written reflection about these student examples and how they

  • demonstrate current best practices of language teaching and learning, including the integration of the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (5 Cs);

  • encourage the proficient use of the target language by the teacher and students;

  • provide effective use of feedback, including but not limited to rubrics.

  1. Professional involvement documentation examples (not to exceed 4 pages), including but not limited to certificates, newspaper articles, letters, links to videos, that

  • demonstrate professional growth and involvement in professional organizations;

  • provide evidence of a variety of leadership experiences, including advocacy.

  1. Reflection on professional involvement documentation (not to exceed 3 pages) that

  • describes and analyzes the significance and impact on you as a teacher;

  • describes and analyzes the significance and impact on student learning and on language learning in your school and/or district or state.

  1. A high-resolution photograph in electronic format (.jpg or .png)


These materials should be assembled and converted to a single PDF with numbered pages bearing the name of the candidate. When the candidate has completed the regional portfolio, he or she sends it directly to CSCTFL Awards Committee chairperson, Linda Havas, via email at awards@csctfl.org. The deadline for submission of the complete portfolio is Jan. 1, 2023.


Important note: The candidate selected as the CSCTFL Teacher of the Year must also submit the above-listed portfolio materials (in addition to a few others) to complete his or her application for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year Award. That regional winner must also provide to ACTFL a Regional Organization Nomination Cover Page and a one-page Contact Information Sheet and electronically sign the Commitment Form.


Interview at Central States Conference Site


All state nominees who have submitted complete portfolios by the deadline will receive invitations to finalist interviews at the spring conference. Finalists must attend the conference and participate in the interview and Awards and Keynote Presentation to be eligible to move forward as the CSCTFL Teacher of the Year.


During the interview, candidates will be asked to:


  • Answer 5-6 questions addressing topics such as culture/standards in the classroom, professional involvement, leadership experience, and/or challenges and successes in world language teaching


  • Give the first 2 minutes of a mock speech or mock press conference to a civic group on an issue of your choice regarding current interest in national foreign language policy. Because candidates may not rely on notes during this speech presentation, it is a good idea to have rehearsed (though not necessarily memorized) your speech before your interview.


CSCTFL Teacher of the Year Award Program Timeline


October 2022


CSCTFL Awards Committee chairperson contacts state association leaders requesting nominees


Fall 2022


States select nominees and notify the CSCTFL Awards Committee chairperson via email by December 1, indicating:

  • Name of the nominee

  • Position and school of the nominee

  • Confirmation that nominee’s teaching load is 50% or higher

  • Email and cell phone number of the nominee


The best way to provide all of this information is to use the State Organization Nominee Cover Page. (fillable PDF)


January 1, 2023


Deadline for candidate to upload PDF portfolios (single document with numbered pages bearing candidate name) to the Google Drive folder provided by the CSCTFL Awards Committee chairperson


February 2023


Candidate interviews virtually PRIOR to the 2023 CSCTFL Conference


March 9, 2023


Awards Ceremony

Introduction of State Teacher of the Year recipients

Announcement of CSCTFL Regional Teacher of the Year


Duties of Regional Teacher of the Year


  1. The CSCTFL Regional Teacher of the Year will be recognized at the conference’s Awards Ceremony.


  1. The CSCTFL Regional Teacher of the Year will attend the November ACTFL Convention, representing CSCTFL in the National Teacher of the Year competition.


  1. The CSCTFL Regional Teacher of the Year may make himself/herself available to attend, address or present at state and/or local conferences throughout our fourteen-state region. Arrangements and funding for the Teacher of the Year’s attendance at state and local events will be conducted directly between the Teacher of the Year and the sponsoring organization.


  1. The CSCTFL Regional Teacher of the Year may participate in any number of publicity/advocacy events to create as many media opportunities as possible to increase the visibility of the importance of learning languages and cultures to the general public.


  1. The duties of the CSCTFL Regional Teacher of the Year as delineated above may be superseded by the duties of the National Teacher of the Year should the CSCTFL candidate be named to that position.


For more information about any aspect of this process, contact Linda Havas, CSCTFL Chair-elect and Awards Committee Chair, at awards@csctfl.org.

Previous Teacher of the Year Award Winners

2021 Theresa Jensen Nebraska

2020 Eric Richards Missouri

2019 Maureen Peltier Minnesota

2018 Janet Rowe Wisconsin

2017 Melissa Dalton Michigan

2016 Grant Boulanger Minnesota

2015 Deana Zorko Wisconsin

2014 Carrie Toth Illinois

2013 Linda Egnatz Illinois (2013 ACTFL Teacher of the Year)

2012 Jill Woerner Indiana

2011 Wendy Brownell Missouri

2010 Martha Pero Ohio

2009 Lisa Lilley Missouri (2009 ACTFL Teacher of the Year)

2008 Samantha Godden-Chmielowicz Illinois

2007 Betty Lotterman Minnesota

2006 Gisela Nina Holmquist Wisconsin

2005 Gisela Nina Holmquist Wisconsin