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Phyllis Farrar Leadership Award

The KSWLA Phyllis Farrar Leadership Award is designed to recognize an individual in our state who has made outstanding contributions over time to our profession. The award was created in honor of Phyllis Farrar, who has served world language teaching both in our state and nationally as an outstanding teacher, leader in KSWLA, World Languages Consultant at the Kansas State Department of Education, active member of national and regional professional organizations, and a tireless advocate for world language teaching.

This award will be given annually, provided that there are qualified candidates. The awardee will be honored at the annual meeting and given an honorarium of $1,000 (providing KSWLA funds are available).

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Professional teaching experience: must have at least 15 years of experience as a classroom world language teacher (preK-20);

  2. Contributions to the profession: must have been active in KSWLA, including experience in a leadership role (this may include presenting or serving as a regional representative or on the Executive Board); and

  3. Current status: must be currently working in Kansas in the profession or retired from a related position in Kansas.

Nomination process:

Any member of KSWLA may nominate a candidate for this award. (Nominees should not self-nominate.) The nomination must include a detailed list of the nominee’s contributions to the world language teaching profession. The nomination must also include the nominee’s resume or CV and two letters of recommendation (not from the person making the nomination). The letters may be either from other individuals in the profession or from related organizations or other stakeholders who have benefited from the nominee’s work.

Nominations must be submitted by June 15. For more information, contact the KSWLA Past President.


Previous Recipients

2021: Diane Denoon, Blue Valley School District (retired), Overland Park

2020: Laura Salmeron, Valley Center High School (retired), Newton 2019: Jerry Smartt, Ph.D., Friends University, Wichita


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