The SCOLT Awards Committee held virtual interviews March 31, 2022. Claudia Elliott, a Spanish teacher at Paxon School for Advanced Studies was awarded the 2022 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.
Claudia 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 the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (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 2023.
Claudia states, “Languages are the vehicle that will allow our young people to discover the richness of others cultures while learning more about themselves. Our language classes are the perfect space to create the mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors where students can see themselves and others in our classes.”
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 Claudia on this award and thanks her for her efforts to promote world language learning.
Meet all of the 2022 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.