2009 Teachers of the Year
Congratulations to the following AATSP members who were winners of the 2009 Teacher of the Year awards at the recent annual conference:
Cathy Soud, The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL: Secondary Level
Sharon Ahern Fechter, Montgomery College in Rockville, MD: Two-Year College Level
Charles Moore, Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC: University Level
Soud's letters of nomination and recommendation were stellar and include comments such as the following: "Cathy Soud is one of those rare teachers who has dedicated her teaching career to bringing out the very best in her students, no matter their level of ability," She is a "caring, concerned teacher who is modest about her many and varied accomplishments." Soud has taught since 1977 at the Bolles School and at Maryville College in Tennessee. She developed the first Advanced Plancement Spanish Language course and the first language exchange program at Bolles. She found the school's Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, initiated the school's participation in the National Spanish Exam, and has been a presenter at AATSP conferences as well as for several other organizations. She serves at a question leader at the AP Spanish Reading, supervising more than 900 college and high school faculty in grading several sections of the AP exam.
Fechter is chair-elect in the Department of World Languages and Philosphy at the Montgomery College in Rockville Maryland, and has been there since 1999. Her works have been published in the AATSP journal Hispania
, and appear in publications published by Houghton-Mifflin, Prentice Hall, SUNY Press, Random House, Computer Science Press. She is a frequent contributor to workshops and conferences by the AATSP, ACTFL, and NECTFL, and specializes in topics involving cyberspace, technology, and film. In her nomination, Fechter is descibed as "an outstanidng instructor: she is lively, expressive, and encouraging; she challenges her students to master Spanish and provides them with the knowledge and many opportunities to apply and impove their language skills. Dr. Fechter has served as the World Languages Coordinator for Montgomery College's three campuses since 1999. In that leadeership role, she has been instrumental in the expansion of the...program."
Moore has been praised for his publication record and service to the profession in his nomination. "He sets the standard at Gardner-Webb University for how foreign language classes should be conducted," according to one letter of recommendation. A student submitted: " Dr. Moore;s enthusiasm for teaching and passion for the Spanish language has inspired me to go out into the world and experience different cultures, people and languages for myself." Another student said: "As a teacher now, I strive to instill the same passion for teaching and love for learning that Dr. Moore instilled in me." He has been active in attending, presenting and organizing sessions for the AATSP and SCOLT conferences. He is tenured at Gardner-Webb University. Return to Awards description