German Teachers Receive Awards
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Posted by: AATG
Association of Teachers of German (AATG) recognized fifteen teachers of German and
four German programs for their outstanding contributions to the teaching and
learning of German in the US. The 2013 awards recipients were recognized at a
special presentation in conjunction with their annual convention held on
November 23 in Orlando, Florida.
Euba, Language Program Coordinator and Lecturer in German at the University of California
Berkeley, and Gabriele Verhoeven, German teacher at Wiley International
Elementary School, Raleigh, North Carolina, received AATG’s highest honor, the Outstanding
German Educator Award. This award is presented in recognition of excellence in
teaching and outstanding contributions to the German teaching profession. The award
is accompanied by the Friedrich-Gerstäcker-Travel Grant sponsored by Checkpoint
Charlie Foundation in Berlin.
P. Kendall, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany to Maine and New
Hampshire, and Susanne Rinner, Associate Professor of German at the University
Carolina at Greensboro, received the Friend of German Award, which recognizes
exemplary leadership in the advocacy of German and German language education.
teachers honored with this year’s awards represent the best in our profession. With
so many dynamic thriving German programs, the selection committee really had a
difficult task. We are fortunate to have so many excellent German teachers,”
said Angelika Becker, chair of the awards committee.
programs were recognized as AATG German Centers of Excellence. This designation
is presented to well-established and growing German programs with demonstrated
excellence in instruction and strong support from administration, professional
colleagues, alumni, and students. This year’s K-12 recipients are Bay Area
Kinderstube Plus in Albany, California, and Robinson Secondary School in
Fairfax, Virginia. College/university recipients are the Department of German
Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and the German School at
Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
Buck of Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas, Amy Flynn of Bear Creek High
School in Lakewood, Colorado, and Melanie Mello of St. Joseph High School in
South Bend, Indiana received the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award.
The Embassy recognizes up-and-coming German teachers for excellence in teaching,
creativity, and outstanding dedication. Honorees receive financial support for
study in Germany.
educators were recognized with the Goethe-Institut / AATG Certificate of Merit for
their achievements in furthering the teaching of German. 2013 awardees are:
Cathy Altmeyer, Instructor of German at Washington and Jefferson College in
Washington, Pennsylvania; Katharina Barbe, Chair of the Department of Foreign
Languages and Literature at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois;
Katharina Häusler-Gross, Associate Professor of German at Aquinas College in Grand
Rapids, Michigan; Angelika Kraemer, Associate Director, Center for Language
Teaching Advancement at Michigan State University in East Lansing; and Carmen Terry,
Principal Lecturer in German at the University of North Texas in Denton.
German are so lucky to have such dedicated teachers! Recognizing the
accomplishments of these fine teachers is truly the highlight of our
convention,” said Kathy Fegely, president of the American Association of
Teachers of German.
AATG Intercultural Student Experiences Language Matters Award was presented to Linda
Horvath from Charlotte Catholic School in Charlotte, North Carolina. The award
recognizes a high school teacher of German who
provides immersion experiences and motivates students to use the language outside
recognized for their contributions to the scholarly publications of the AATG
were Adrian Daub of Stanford University, recipient of the Max Kade Award for
Best Article in The German Quarterly, and Karin Baumgartner of the
University of Utah in Salt Lake City for the Best Article Award in Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German.