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SWCOLT Awards & Teacher of the Year

SWCOLT recognizes outstanding world language educators  and supporters of world language education in the Southwest region via the following categories: Friend of the Profession, Honorary Lifetime Member, Excellence in Teaching (Elementary, Secondary, Post-secondary). Each year, the nine states in the SWCOLT region submit a state Teacher of the Year candidate for consideration as SWCOLT Teacher of the Year. The 2024 SWCOLT Teacher of the Year is Sara Lee of Arizona. Sara will represent SWCOLT at the ACTFL conference in November 2024 as a candidate for National Teacher of the Year! Read more about Natalie below.


Continue below to read about this year's SWCOLT Regional Teacher of the Year candidates (one from each of our nine member states) and our SWCOLT 2024 Award Winners. Our 2024 SWCOLT Teacher of the Year was named at our annual conference on March 1 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Our 2024 Award winners were recognized at the conference on March 2.

Nominations are now closed for 2024 Awards. To learn more about the award criteria, click on the boxes below. Nominations for 2025 will open in the fall of 2024. 

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2024 SWCOLT State Teachers of the Year 

2024 SWCOLT Award Winners


SWCOLT 2024 - Award Winners - Jody Klopp - Honorary Lifetime Member.jpg
SWCOLT 2024 - Award Winners - Keith Kayashi - Friend of the Profession.jpg
SWCOLT 2024 - Award Winners - Priscilla Prestes - Excellence in Teaching - Secondary.jpg
SWCOLT 2024 - Award Winners - Imelda Gasmen - Excellence in Teaching - Post-Secondary.jpg
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