PNCFL presents three awards annually to outstanding professionals in language education. These awards include the K-12 Language Teacher of the Year, the Ray Verzasconi Northwest Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, and the Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of World Languages. PNCFL will recognize this year’s award candidates at a formal ceremony during their state’s foreign language association fall conference. State organizations are encouraged to nominate members for the awards. Please contact your state representative for additional information.
Past Recipients for Teacher of the Year
- (2017) Yan Wang
- (2016) Catherine Ousselin
- (2015) Michele Whaley
- (2014) Brenda Gaver
- (2013) Brandee Shober Mau
- (2012) Taeko Tashibu
- (2011) Leslie Boaz
- (2010) Susanne Kanning
- (2009) Amy Velasquez
- (2008) Renee Fritzen
- (2007) Sandra Garcia
- (2006) Kathryn Beppler
- (2005) Terri Carnes
- (2004) Scott Underbrink
- (2003) Rosemary Leiva
2018 Instructions for the PNCFL Annual Awards
Each state association may nominate one person per award according to the following guidelines.
1. Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of World Languages in the Pacific Northwest
Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of World Languages in the Pacific Northwest Nominees for this award may be either inside or outside the profession. Please explain how this individual has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of world languages in the Pacific Northwest over an extended period of time.
2. Ray Verzasconi Northwest Postsecondary Language Teacher of the Year
The Ray Verzasconi Northwest Postsecondary Language Teacher of the Year Nominees for this award must have been a member of PNCFL for a minimum of three consecutive years. Nominees may not have won this award before nor may they be members of the PNCFL board at the time of nomination. You may contact the PNCFL executive director at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify a nominee’s eligibility. Please explain how the individual has made a significant contribution at his/her institution.
3. Northwest K-12 Language Teacher of the Year (part of ACTFL’s Teacher of the Year)
The Northwest Language Teacher of the Year Nominees for this award must have been a member of PNCFL for a minimum of three consecutive years. Nominees may not have won this award before nor may they be members of the PNCFL board at the time of nomination. You may contact the PNCFL executive director at email@example.com to verify a nominee’s eligibility.
This nominee may be considered by PNCFL as a potential candidate for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year. Each candidate must be officially selected by his/her state organization: the expectation is that if selected as the PNCFL regional Teacher of the Year, the candidate will follow through with the ACTFL Teacher of the Year. For more information, go to www.actfl.org and click on Teacher of the Year.
Please submit the completed nomination packets electronically by 5:00 pm PST, January 23, 2019, to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, please contact Lauren Kiolet at email@example.com or 360-352-5498 or 858-449-8176 (cell).
In order for nomination packets to be considered, you must submit each nomination packet before 5:00 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Electronic versions of the form can be requested from your state representative.
Helpful Considerations When Submitting a Nomination
1. If your state organization already recognizes members for their contributions to the field, consider nominating those same people for a PNCFL award. Much of the paperwork (e.g., letters of recommendation) may already be complete and ready for submission to PNCFL.
2. Please decide on your state’s nominees as soon as possible after receiving this packet. Then be sure to inform nominees of the requirements for the award so that they have sufficient time to complete them. (This is especially crucial for candidates to the K-12 Teacher of the Year Award.)
3. Nominate someone who has demonstrated significant contributions according to award specifications. If that person does not win the first time s/he is nominated, consider resubmitting the nomination the following year.
4. Check the membership status of the person nominated. Two out of three awards require that the nominee be a member of PNCFL for at least three consecutive years. If you are unsure of a nominee’s eligibility, please contact the PNCFL executive director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Please ask those who submit letters of recommendation to be as specific as possible in their reasons for supporting the nominee. Examples are always helpful.
6. Please use a minimum of size 12-point font throughout your nomination packet. Check all materials for typos, spelling, and grammatical errors.
7. Invite other organizations, such as your state’s language-specific organizations, to participate in the process. Doing so may identify additional candidates as well as provide strong letters of support for the nominee your state submits.
8. For the Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of World Languages in the Pacific Northwest award, consider both those within and outside the profession. Successful nominees in the past have contributed at various levels: local, state, and national.