October 06, 2005

2005 Outstanding Teacher Award Recipients

The Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) is proud to announce that German Professor Linda S. Pickle of the Western Kentucky University is the 2005 winner of its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The KWLA also announces winners of its annual Outstanding Teacher and Administrator Awards.

The 2005 award recipients are:


LINDA05.JPGThe KWLA Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda S. Pickle, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual of the world language teaching profession with a minimum of 20 years in the teaching profession, who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to KWLA and to the profession - locally, statewide, regionally, and/or nationally. Dr. Pickle received her doctorate from the University of Colorado and has studied and taught abroad as a Fulbright scholar and a German Academic Exchange student and researcher. Before coming to WKU, she taught at Westminster College in Missouri. Her efforts on behalf of world language instruction in Kentucky have included gaining grant support for WKU Modern Languages curricular and faculty development and for professional development for regional P-12 world language teachers.


The KWLA Outstanding New Teacher Award: Adriana Melnyk, Newport High School, Newport, Kentucky. The Outstanding New Teacher Award recognizes outstanding new teachers whose excellence in world language teaching may not be recognized otherwise, and to demonstrate that the profession and KWLA care about new teachers and their professional growth. Only in her fourth year of teaching, Melnyk has quickly become a leader for Spanish teachers in Kentucky. She developed curriculum maps for Spanish high school classes, which are now being used by the Kentucky Department of Education. Melnyk was recently elected the Vice President of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Kentucky Chapter. Melnyk also serves as sponsor of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, as well as the Student Newspaper and Yearbook at her school.


The KWLA Outstanding Administrator Award: Dr. Milton Grimes, Kentucky Institute for International Studies & Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky. The Outstanding Administrator Award recognizes the outstanding leadership in promoting the study of world languages at his/her institution, community, or in the state. As the founder of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (formerly the Kentucky Institute for European Studies), Dr. Grimes has created a consortium of twenty member institutions that offers nearly thirty summer and semester study abroad programs in fifteen countries. Grimes also served as director of the Center for International Programs as well as the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Murray State University. For a number of years, Grimes served as Director of the Regional Foreign Language Festival held annually at Murray State. In 2002, he was chosen “Distinguished Professor” at Murray State.


SUSAN05.JPGThe KWLA Outstanding Teacher Award (Kindergarten-Grade 8): Susan Marnatti, Beaumont Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky. The Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes an individual of the world language teaching profession who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to the profession. Her achievements include creating one of the largest middle-school programs in the state at a school, which had previously eliminated their German program. Before coming to Beaumont Middle School, Marnatti taught at Tates Creek High School and established the largest AP German program in the state of Kentucky. Her students continually score high at the KWLA Language Festival. Marnatti has also taught at the University of Kentucky and Georgetown College.


MIMI05.JPGThe KWLA Outstanding Teacher Award (High School): Mimi Hagedorn, Bishop Brossart High School, Alexandria, Kentucky. The Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes an individual of the world language teaching profession who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to the profession. Hagedorn has taught French at Bishop Brossart High School for 23 years. She served as president of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, was recognized as local Teacher of the Year by the Rotary Club and Kentucky French Teacher of the Year by the KWLA; received scholarships from AATF, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kentucky Department of Education. This summer she was awarded the first International Student Experiences Year-of-Languages Teacher Award for the opportunities she provides her students and the part she played in initiating the relationship between Kentucky and the Académie de Dijon.


Awards were handed out during a luncheon held at the 2005 Fall Conference of the Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA), which was held at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, September 22-24, 2005. This year’s recognition ceremony was part of many local and state activities celebrating 2005: The Year of Languages – a nationwide campaign to increase the world language learning for children as well as adults. The campaign includes school and business leader events to raise awareness of the community’s ties to the rest of the world, and our need to be able to communicate in languages other than English.