The AATSP Outstanding Service Award is given to a member of the Association who has made outstanding service contributions to our organization. Selection criteria include holding leadership positions within the Association and/or one of its chapters, serving as a chair or member of important Association committees, writing for or editing Association publications, and/or representing the AATSP in a national or international capacity.
The 2014 recipient of the AATSP Outstanding
Service Award is Bernard A. López, retired faculty member and administrator from
the New York City Department of Education.
Bernie López has been a member of the AATSP
for some 37 years. During that time he has served the organization in several
capacities but is known primarily for his work as the Staten Island Center
Administrator for the National Spanish Examinations for some 21 years and the President
of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the AATSP since 2000. Bernie’s letters
of support attest to his service, leadership and professionalism. A colleague
noted that Bernie has put every possible effort into championing the New York
Metropolitan Chapter through educational, cultural, and social activities such
as the Annual Galas, Fall Meetings, and Spring and Winter Outings. A colleague
writes, "Mr. López has demonstrated exemplary service to the organization by
instituting a series of professional development activities aimed at enriching
and educating its members. Specifically, these activities include bringing in
authors, reaching out to other related professional organizations, and making
members aware of professional development opportunities. In summary, Bernie’s
dedication and exemplary leadership attest to his worthiness as the 2014
recipient of the AATSP Outstanding Service Award.