Shout-Outs

Every month, the NSE brings educators and students into the spotlight in appreciation of their dedication to the teaching and learning of Spanish, Portuguese, and their respective cultures.

To Submit a Nomination

Nomination form: NSE Shout-Out

For privacy purposes, nominees under the age of 21 must have a signed NSE Media Release Form submitted along with their nomination.


 

July & August 2022

July & August 2022

These July & August 2022 NSE Shout-Outs go to our Teacher Stipend winners: Señoras Cherie Garrett y Stephanie Grabowski-Devlin!

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Cherie Garrett is a Spanish teacher and the World Language Department Chair at Dallastown Area High School in Pennsylvania.  Also, she is an active member of the Executive Council of PSMLA, and is currently serving as the Advocacy Chair.  This year, she had an integral role in the passing of the PA Seal of Biliteracy at the state level.  At her district, she is the coordinator of the Intermediate World Language Program, the Global Scholars Program, the PA Seal of Biliteracy and the World Language Career Symposium.  Lastly, Cherie regularly attends state world language conferences where she presents on a plethora of pedagogical methodologies that can be easily implemented into the world language classroom.

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Stephanie Grabowski-Devlin was born in Brooklyn, NY.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University where she double majored in Spanish Literature and Spanish Language and Culture and then received a Master of Arts degree in Spanish from Yale University. She moved to Massachusetts in 1991 and began teaching at Westford Academy. Thirty one years later, she is still teaching in Westford and now serves as the World Language Curriculum Coordinator for grades 6-12. Although she has taught all levels from Novice - AP, she primarily teaches intermediate level classes at the high school. Stephanie is the advisor for Westford Academy’s chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and has coordinated the administration of the National Spanish Exam to students in level 1 through AP for many years. She started a Spanish exchange program at Westford Academy in 2010 and is looking forward to continuing the program with their partner school in Salamanca during the upcoming year.  For the past two years, Stephanie has been focusing her efforts on increasing the number of students at Westford Academy who seek to qualify for the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy and was pleased to see the number of recipients from Westford more than double from 2021 to 2022. Stephanie is very grateful to the AATSP for helping to make her trip to Puerto Rico and her attendance at this conference possible.

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Thank you, Señoras Garrett & Grabowski-Devlin, for everything you do for your students!

 

¡Todos a una! Todos por um!

 

 

June 2022

June 2022

This June 2022 NSE Shout-Out goes to Señora Delores Flores de Valgaz, from Summit School in Salem, North Carolina!

 

Student Nomination: “Señora has taught me so much & is the kindest, sweetest soul ever and she deserves to be recognized for it.”

 

Karen Sohmer (a colleague), adds, “Delores has been teaching at Summit since the fall of 2000 in both our Lower School & Upper School divisions. Also, she has served as an advisor, a mentor, a tutor, and assisted with our Summit Summer program. I can't say enough about Delores -- we adore her & feel so lucky to have her at Summit! Her energy, excitement & passion for teaching manifest in her high expectations for students. Partnered with compassion & respect, she motivates and encourages students to take positive risks, deepen their knowledge, and apply their learning. Delores brings authenticity, grace, and a willingness to learn & grow to our Summit community. Having a student nominate Delores is not surprising because her students and colleagues love her!”

 

Thank you, Señora Flores de Valgaz, for everything you do for your students!

 

¡Todos a una! Todos por um!

 

(Check out this nomination on our Social Medias and YouTube!)

May 2022


 

May 2022

This May Shout-Out is dedicated to our wonderful Elementary & Middle School students that have participated in both the 2022 National Spanish Challenge and the NSC's first annual Concurso Colorido!

 

A big Congratulations to our first place winner, Lily Bennett, from Mrs. Lutton's class at Gerstell Academy!! 

 

- Después de haber recibido varias magníficas obras de arte, el NSE les agradezcan a todos los participantes del primer anual Desafio Nacional de Español ¡Concurso Colorido!

- After many wonderful artworks were submitted, the NSE would like to thank all of the participants of the first annual National Spanish Challenge Coloring Contest! (Click here to see all 3 winners!)

 

 ¡Todos a una! Todos por um!

 

(Click here to view the YouTube Announcement)

April 2022

April 2022

This April 2022 NSE Shout-Out goes to Señora Marilia Amat-Baralt, from Kingwood High School in The Woodlands, Texas.

 

Claudia Kechkian says, "Shout-out to Spanish teacher Marilia Amat-Baralt, from Kingwood High School. She has just taken the board position of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and become an SHLP Representative. Additionally, she presented all her 56 Spanish 3, 4, and 5 students to take the NSE for the first time with great dedication and contagious enthusiasm!"

 

Thank you, Señora Amat-Baralt, for everything you do for your students!

 

¡Todos a una! Todos por um!

 

(Check out this nomination on our Social Medias and YouTube!)

March 2022

 

March 2022

This March 2022 NSE Shout-Out goes to our Teacher Scholarship Winner:

Señora Colleen Vallin, from Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Chaska, Minnesota!

 

“I am very proud of the work I have done with the Pulsera Project in my school community over the past four years. Hosting the Pulsera Project at my middle school has provided my students with an amazing cultural education experience that allows them to not only learn about Nicaraguan and Guatemalan culture, but truly connect with the people of Central America. I am excited about the opportunity to become more involved with the project.

As a dedicated educator, avid traveler, and learner of languages I have experienced how intercultural exchange changes your perspective of the world. As a teacher I have worked hard to make sure all of my students have the opportunity to become active global citizens. The Pulsera Project has been a great resource to continue this mission of promoting global exchange, awareness, and service with my students… I have never traveled to any of the countries that the Pulsera Project works in. I would love to learn more about the artists and their communities, and the amazing work they are doing with the Pulsera Project so that I can share that experience with my students and my fellow educators.

This first-hand experience will allow me to become an even stronger advocate for the Pulsera Project. I would love to help create more authentic activities for my students and to share with my fellow educators through the Pulsera Project. I can already envision lessons on weaving, a digital walking tour of Antigua, interviews with community leaders, and so much more! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will enrich my learning, my teaching practice, and my own traveler's spirit.”

 

 

Thank you, Señora Vallin, for everything that you do for your students.

We are thrilled to offer you this amazing opportunity with the Pulsera Project this summer!!

 


¡Todos a una! Todos por um! 

 

(Check out this nomination on our Social Medias and YouTube!)

February 2022

 

February 2022

This February 2022 Shout-Out goes to Señora Joanne Barry, a teacher from Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts!

 

Ryan Casey, a colleague, says that, "Joanne Barry recently celebrated three decades in the classroom. She is a dedicated Spanish teacher whose high standards motivate her students & colleagues. She never wavers from her high expectations, which come with kindness & steadfast support. She is exemplary at designing lessons that segway seamlessly & cleverly between ideas to create meaningful learning experiences. Joanne explores new pedagogies without compromising what she knows is best for her students. When a question or conflict arises, she immediately sees to the heart of the matter. When I struggle with structuring an assessment or student conflicts, I know that Joanne will offer clear, thoughtful advice that comes from both the wisdom of experience & a pragmatic mindset. She exudes a calm voice of reason that has been vital throughout the pandemic (during which her passion for teaching has only increased)! Our conversations leave me feeling enlightened and often inspired by a particular phrase or expression she used that I then incorporate into my own teaching. Joanne is a Teacher's Teacher, and at the same time, she is always present for her students. I am so fortunate to work alongside Joanne, learn from her, & share a love of Gran Hotel and Velvet." 

 

Thank you, Señora Barry, for everything you do for your students!

 

¡Todos a una! Todos por um! 

 

(Check out this nomination on our Social Medias and YouTube!)

January 2022

 

January 2022

This January 2022 NSE Shout-Out goes to senior Nathan Mu from University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio!

Señora Alondra Pacheco nominated Nathan, saying that, "He has enjoyed studying Spanish over the past 5 years and is currently taking AP Spanish. He has earned a gold medal each of the last three years on the NSE and earned 3rd place in Ohio this past year for the level 4 NSE. He is also a member of his school's Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica chapter, where he engages in group community service projects to support and promote Hispanic culture. Nathan is someone who understands the value of being a global citizen, and he is fluent in Mandarin. He has found his study of an additional language, Spanish, to be very rewarding, especially when it comes to becoming more aware and appreciative of Hispanic cultures around the world!"

Nathan, you're doing an amazing job! Congratulations on how far you've come, thank you for your community services, and we are so proud to have received a nomination for such a global citizen! Good luck on all of your endeavors!

 

¡Todos a una! Todos por um! 

 


 

December 2021

December 2021

This December Shout-Out goes to Spanish teacher Señora Stella Muñoz-Rodriguez of Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio!

The head of the school's World Language Department, Roxanne Owen, says that, "Stella Muñoz-Rodriguez is nothing short of amazing. The consistent success of her students on the National Spanish Exam (levels 4-6), AP Language and Culture Exam, AP Literature Exam and STAMP 4S Language Proficiency Exam speaks to her devotion and dedication to high quality instruction, rigor and expertise in best teaching practices. She teaches 3 different high-level Spanish courses, advises the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (for which she spends endless hours planning activities and events that promote the Spanish language and cultures both within and outside of the school environment) and engages students in the scholarship application process. In addition, she is a mentor for language teachers in our school and our community. The impact on learning that she makes is always recognized by students who name her as their most influential teacher for K-12. Stella is a true leader. We are very appreciative of her drive for excellence."

Thank you, Señora Muñoz-Rodriguez, for everything you do for your students!


¡Todos a una! Todos por um! 

November 2021

 

 

November 2021

 This November Shout-Out goes to a teacher of both Portuguese and Spanish, Señora Augusta Costa of Mt. Hope High School from Bristol, Rhode Island!

Deborah DiBiase, principal at Mt. Hope says the following about Señora Costa: “To say that Augusta is a versatile teacher would be an understatement: she has taught both Portuguese and Spanish...ranging from middle school  through Advanced Placement. Augusta matches her passion for language & culture with pedagogical expertise and a genuine love for her  students. She is a Co-Founder of the MHHS World Language Honor Society, she has participated in the implementation of our Seal of Biliteracy  program and she has led multiple trips abroad. Her designs have led to the overall success of the World Language Department. With dedication and  integrity, Señora Costa continues to share her love of the Portuguese & Spanish languages and cultures and to inspire both teachers and students to reach new levels of excellence.”

Thank you, Señora Costa, for everything you do for your students! 

¡Todos a una! Todos por um! 

 

 

 October 2021 

This month our Shout-Out honors National Teach Portuguese Week (Nov 1, 2021 to Nov 5, 2021). The NSE is thankful to all teachers who go above and beyond. This October Shout-Out goes to Profesor Cristiano Libório at Science Park High School in Newark, New Jersey! 

 

Mr. Garcia, a colleague, states that “Profesor Libório has been a Portuguese teacher of all levels (including International Baccalaureate I & II) at SPHS since 2006 and he is a co-sponsor of their Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. He has coached boy’s soccer and volleyball and even organized fundraisers with the SHH such as a local Breast Cancer Walk and donations to Associated Humane Societies. He even won an International Contest that paid to take his students to Portugal! He consistently finds ways to engage his students to become lifelong learners and he is very involved in all aspects of the school and culture.”

 

Thank you, Profesor Libório, for everything you do for your students! 

 

 

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