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  • 14 Oct 2019 8:05 AM | Anonymous

    Iowa City, IA - The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce two 2019 IWLA Grant recipients: Alyssa Maske, Spanish teacher at South Central Calhoun CSD and Sierra Depping, Spanish teacher at Tripoli CSD.  The award presentation was held during the luncheon of the 2019 Iowa World Language Association’s  annual fall conference at the The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, October 5th, 2019.  This grant is meant to “support innovation among our teachers by providing funding for classroom materials or technology that can improve teaching and learning.” Both Alyssa and Sierra are recipients of a grant to purchase comprehension based novels in Spanish for their classrooms. These books will aid in the Spanish acquisition of their students. Please join us in congratulating Alyssa Maske and Sierra Depping as the 2019 IWLA Grant Recipients!

  • 14 Oct 2019 7:51 AM | Anonymous

    Iowa City, IA - The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce that the 2019 Friend of IWLA recipient is Stefanie Wager, consultant at the Iowa Department of Education. The award presentation was held during the luncheon of the 2019 Iowa World Language Association’s  annual fall conference at the The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. This honor is meant to “recognize an individual who has provided special and exceptional service or aid to the Iowa World Language Association.” Stefanie has gone above and beyond to assist the Iowa World Language Association in obtaining, advertising and supporting the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy. Please join us in congratulating Stefanie Wager as the 2019 Friend of IWLA!



  • 14 Oct 2019 7:43 AM | Anonymous

    Iowa City, IA - The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce that the 2019 Michael Oates Teacher of Promise has been awarded to Grace Winter, Spanish teacher at Washington High School. The award presentation was held during the luncheon of the 2019 Iowa World Language Association’s  annual fall conference at the The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. This honor is bestowed on an individual in their first two years teaching who “has shown exceptional promise and potential to become outstanding world language educators.” She has been described as, “caring, thoughtful, diligent teacher who plans her classes carefully and carries them out well …We know that she is going to be a wonderful advocate for ALL language learners as she starts her career.” Please join us in congratulating Grace Winter as the IWLA 2019 Michael Oates Teacher of Promise!


    Grace Winter and IWLA President Allison Wienhold



  • 14 Oct 2019 7:36 AM | Anonymous

    Iowa City, IA - The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce that the 2019 Secondary Educator of the Year has been awarded to Jason Noble, Spanish teacher at Newton Christian School. The award presentation was held during the luncheon of the 2019 Iowa World Language Association’s  annual fall conference at the The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. This honor is bestowed on an individual who “exemplifies the best in teaching at his/her particular level and who has provided outstanding service to the profession in the state of Iowa.” He has been described as, “ a passionate and innovative teacher...his teaching methods involve research, careful planning and consideration of the students’ interests and needs.”  Please join us in congratulating Jason Noble as the IWLA Secondary Educator of the Year!

    Jason Noble  and IWLA President Allison Wienhold






  • 11 Oct 2019 3:28 PM | Anonymous

    Iowa City, IA - The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce that the 2019 Post-Secondary Educator of the Year has been awarded to Dr. Pamela Wesely, Associate Professor of Foreign Language and ESL Education at The University of Iowa. The award presentation was held during the luncheon of the 2019 Iowa World Language Association’s  annual fall conference at the The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. This honor is bestowed on an individual who “exemplifies the best in teaching at his/her particular level and who has provided outstanding service to the profession in the state of Iowa.” She has been described as someone who “goes above and beyond her responsibilities as a professor and a member of the World Language education community.”  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Pamela Wesley as the IWLA Post-Secondary Educator of the Year!



  • 11 Oct 2019 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    Iowa City, IA - The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce that the 2019

    Best of Iowa Presentation has been awarded to Maria Surma, a Spanish language teacher at

    Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf, Iowa. The award presentation was held during the luncheon of

    the 2019 Iowa World Language Association’s annual fall conference at the The University of Iowa in

    Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. Maria’s presentation, titled Get them moving, get

    them racing, get them feeling...get your students HOOKED, focused on how to incorporate engaging

    activities and movement in the World Language classroom. She will represent the Iowa World

    Language Association at the 2021 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

    in Chicago, IL. Please join us in congratulating Maria Surma as the IWLA’s 2019 Best of Iowa

    Presentation winner!



  • 15 Oct 2018 8:58 PM | Elizabeth Dentlinger (Administrator)

    Ankeny, IA - The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Teacher of Promise Award has been awarded to Katelyn Pletcher, a French language teacher at Troy Buchanan High School in Troy, Missouri. The award presentation was held during the luncheon of the 2018 Iowa World Language Association’s annual fall conference at the DMACC Ankeny Campus in Ankeny, Iowa on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. Although Katelyn now teachers in Missouri, her teacher training program at the University of Iowa is what helped her become the teacher she is today. She is described as “an energetic, engaged, clever individual who truly cares about connecting with students.” The teacher herself shared many anecdotes in her essay about students with difficult situations at home or with family and friends, but always stressed the importance of connecting to her students and trying to build a relationship with them. Please join us in congratulating Katelyn as the 2018 IWLA Teacher of Promise!


    To view the official press release, please click here.

  • 15 Oct 2018 8:56 PM | Elizabeth Dentlinger (Administrator)

    Ankeny, IA - The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Teacher of Promise Award has been awarded to Karina Suarez Luna, a Spanish language teacher at Des Moines Public Schools in Des Moines, Iowa. The award presentation was held during the luncheon of the 2018 Iowa World Language Association’s annual fall conference at the DMACC Ankeny Campus in Ankeny, Iowa on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. Karina shared she knew that she wanted a be a teacher since she was 10 years old, when she began helping her English teacher with pronunciation in order to help her peers. She describes her classroom as her “home, where I provide a safe place where my kids to laugh, cry, learn and have fun.” Her nominator describes her as an amazing educator who demonstrates great strength in relating to her students. She has an impressive mastery of the Spanish language and her Mexican-American heritage make her a true asset to her students. Please join us in congratulating Karina as the 2018 IWLA Teacher of Promise!


    To view the official press release, please click here.

  • 15 Oct 2018 8:37 PM | Elizabeth Dentlinger (Administrator)

    Ankeny, IA - The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce that two separate $500 grants have been awarded to John Sifert, a Spanish language teacher at Belmond-Klemme CSD in Iowa, and Jennifer Tovar, a Spanish language teacher at Newell-Fonda in Iowa. The grant presentation was held during the luncheon of the 2018 Iowa World Language Association’s annual fall conference at the DMACC Ankeny Campus in Ankeny, Iowa on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. Proceeds from John’s grant will go towards growing his classroom Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) program, while Jennifer’s grant will help fund purchasing a variety of classroom novels that will be used to students generate Breakout EDU challenges. Please join us in congratulating John Sifert and Jennifer Tovar as our 2018 grant winners!


    To view the official press release, please click here.

  • 15 Oct 2018 8:22 PM | Elizabeth Dentlinger (Administrator)


    Ankeny, IA - The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Educator of the Year Award has been awarded to Craig Klein Dexemple, a Spanish language teacher at Bergman Academy in Des Moines, Iowa. The award presentation was held during the luncheon of the 2018 Iowa World Language Association’s annual fall conference at the DMACC Ankeny Campus in Ankeny, Iowa on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. Winners of this award exemplify the best in world language teaching in addition to serving our profession in various capacities. Craig is the epitome of this award. His students write that, “teaching style, his creativity, attitude, and competence with teaching Spanish to all different grade levels is exceptional. There was never a day when myself and others weren’t excited to learn Spanish .... I volunteered to write this recommendation for him because I am very grateful for his contributions to my life as a student and world citizen”. Craig is a frequent presenter at the IWLA Conference, the CSCTFL Conference, and many others, too. He is the holder of a Best of Iowa award for an earlier presentation and he publishes many materials to help make language teaching easier for others. Please join us in congratulating Craig Klein Dexemple as the 2018 IWLA Educator of the Year!


    To view the official press release, please click here.

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