“I am honored and humbled to receive the 2018 SCOLT Educator of Excellence award. When I first stepped into a German language classroom as a TA at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, I really had no idea where my quest for an advanced degree in German would take me. That first classroom experience was a formative one (perhaps less so for my students who were subjected to the inadequacies of a novice teacher). Looking back, I recall that the most enjoyable moments of graduate school were those I spent in the classroom as teacher. And that joy has never left; indeed, it continues to grow. The best part of being a university language educator is the close bond that I am able to develop with my students, mentoring them to become proficient speakers of the language, pushing them to push themselves to experience the magic of study abroad, and watching their faces light up during those “ah ha” moments, when they suddenly realize “I can do this. I can communicate in German, and others really can understand me.” Receiving this award from SCOLT freels like the culmination of my career. I would like to thank all my former students, my mentors, especially Helene Zimmer-Loew, my colleagues and collaborators, the SCOLT community, and my husband Ralf for all their support and encouragement.”
– Dr. Carol Anne Costabile-Heming
The Educator of Excellence Award for Post-Secondary Educators, formerly known as the Teacher of Excellence Award, recognizes educators at the community college, college, and university level who have demonstrated excellence in language teaching, active participation in SCOLT, and leadership and advocacy at the local, state, and/or regional or national level. The nominating documents for this award include a letter of nomination, a statement from nominee of acceptance of nomination (paragraph), a CV/Resume, and two letters of support.
Nominate a colleague for the 2020 Educator of Exellence Award! Deadline for applications is January 15, 2020.