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Kansas World Language Teacher of the Year

Updated: Mar 18

This award is designed to recognize an outstanding person in the language teaching field. The candidate must be a Kansas language educator who has made major contributions to language education at the school, state, regional, or national level. The award recipient receives state-wide recognition, a one-year ACTFL Membership, and Conference Registration at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) for the following year. The recipient will provide a photograph and a mini-bio for press releases. KSWLA will provide a complimentary meal for one guest of the recipient at the Conference banquet. ​Nomination forms must be submitted by June 1st.

Use the online nomination button below. For more information, contact the KSWLA Past President (



For more information on candidate selection, please refer to the below checklist before submitting your nomination.


  • Is a language teacher in Kansas

  • Is active or has been active in KSWLA (at least 1 of the following)

    • Presents/has presented at the annual KSWLA conference

    • Has served on the KSWLA Executive Board

    • Has served as a Regional Representative

    • Has served on a committee for the KSWLA Executive Board

  • Shows evidence of continued professional growth (all required)

    • Regularly engages in professional development opportunities

    • Is a reflective educator

    • Uses best practices to facilitate language acquisition in the classroom

  • Is classified as above average in teaching skills as evidenced by administrator evaluations

  • Is a leader in their school and/or community

  • Shows evidence of service to the language profession locally, regionally, and/or nationally

  • Promotes a positive classroom environment

  • Promotes positive relationships with colleagues


Previous Recipients

2023: Kassy Hunt, Spanish, Louisburg Middle School

2022: Alyssa Rumple, Spanish, Wichita North High School

2021: Rachel Delzer, Spanish, Maize South High School

2020: Leigh Rysko, Spanish, Shawnee Mission South High School

2019: Jennifer Parga, Spanish, Wichita North High School 2018: David Shelly, Spanish, Wichita East High School 2017: Julie Sellers, Ph.D., Spanish, Benedictine College 2016: Jodi Nichols-Johnson, French, Blue Valley North High School

2015: (no nomination) 2014: Chuck Thorpe, Spanish and German, Kansas State University 2013: Kris Scheuerman, German, Shawnee Mission West HS 2011: Nora Kelting, French, Newton High School 2010: Karen Tritt, Spanish, Shawnee Mission West High School 2009: Paula Biggar, Spanish, Sumner Academy of Arts & Science 2008: Marilyn Bolton, Spanish and Italian, Buhler High School 2007: Sally Guillen, Spanish, Shawnee Mission South High School 2006: Wanda Tilford, German, Bishop Caroll High School 2005: Patricia Staver, Ph.D., FL Methods, Kansas State University 2004: Jenifer Banks, German, Topeka West High School 2003: Karen Tritt, Spanish, Westridge Middle School, Shawnee Mission 2002: Anke M. Wells, German, Seaman High School 2001: Jane Bodecker, Spanish, Halstead High School 2000: Diane DeNoon, coordinating teacher, Blue Valley School District 1999: Cherice Montgomery, Spanish, Southeast High School 1998: Doris Van der Giesen, French, Hutchinson High School 1997: Linda Bankes, Spanish, Abilene High School 1996: Ruth S. Campos, Spanish, Sumner Academy of Kansas City 1995: Llona Steele, French, Salina High School South 1994: Ingeborg Teasley, German, Abilene High School 1993: Connie Garcia, Ph.D., Emporia State University



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