The SCOLT Awards Committee held interviews at the SCOLT conference March 23, 2023. Dr. Ke Peng, a Chinese professor at Western Kentucky University, was awarded the 2023 SCOLT Teacher of the Year Award. Each state in the thirteen state SCOLT region may send one state language Teacher of the Year to the regional conference.
Ke was selected on the basis of her excellence in teaching, her strong contributions to world languages, her letters of recommendation, and an interview. She will now advance to the national competition sponsored by ACTFL. During the virtual ACTFL convention this November, she and four other regional teachers will vie for the title of ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. The teacher selected in November will serve as the national spokesperson for language learning in 2024.
Ke states, “The ultimate mission of our program is to serve students who are seeking a way to overcome the limitations and boundaries of their existing environment and help them make massive and transformational changes in life through holistic learning and intercultural experiences.”
The Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) is a professional organization whose mission is to promote universal World Language education supported by the community, valued by political and business leaders, encouraged by parents and peers, and taught by exemplary instructors. SCOLT congratulates Ke on this award and thanks her for her efforts to promote world language learning.
Meet all of the 2023 Teachers of the Year from the SCOLT Region and hear their advice for new teachers by visiting this page!
See all previous Teachers of the Year from the SCOLT Region here.