Teacher Awards

PSMLA Teacher of the Year

This program is intended to select viable candidates for the ACTFL Teacher of the Year.  Candidates must be full-time world language Pre-K-12 teachers or postsecondary instructors or professors who spend at least 50% of their time in direct teaching during the year of application with an expectation of teaching for at least two additional years.  Candidates must be in the profession a minimum of five years and demonstrate excellence in world language education; be an active member of PSMLA for a minimum of 3 complete consecutive years (for example January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2015); demonstrate leadership in world language education; impact the local, state, and/or national arenas; and demonstrate continued growth as a world language educator.

Check out our recent PSMLA Teachers of the Year.

Nomination criteria and application    

Applications are due on March 31. Send your application to awards@psmla.org.

PSMLA Outstanding World Language Educator of the Year

  • Maximum awards: one K-12 and one post-secondary education
    Criteria considered:
    • Significant contribution to the profession  
    • Minimum ten years teaching, supervisory and/or administrative experience 
    • Membership for three current, consecutive years in PSMLA  
    • Active involvement in at least one other foreign language association is highly recommended.  
    • Recipients receive a plaque at the Fall Conference.  
    • Candidates may be selected from the region where the conference is held.
  • Current Executive Council members are not eligible.

    Nomination criteria and application     Send the application to awards@psmla.org.

Merit Award:

  • Criteria
    • Given to individuals or institutions who have rendered exceptional service in the promotion of foreign languages
    • Must be individuals or institutions outside the foreign language profession
  • One to three awards presented at the Fall Conference
  • Recipients receive a plaque at the Fall Conference
  • Current Executive Council members are not eligible.


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