AATG congratulates Katrina Griffin, who was named 2016 Teacher of the Year at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL). As NECTFL Teacher of the Year, she is now a candidate for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year. Katrina teaches at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She currently serves as AATG Treasurer and is a board member and past president of the Maryland-DC Metro AATG chapter and serves as a board member for the Maryland Foreign Language Association.
Katrina believes that teaching “language is a privilege” and that the classroom is “a sacrosanct space where students’ creating connections is the key to learning about new content, new cultures, and new understandings.” Katrina is deeply involved with the development and implementation of county-level German curricula and assessments as well as in sharing her deep expertise in professional development workshops that include such topics as world language advocacy, the integration of culture and technology and ways to create a more student-centered classroom. Katrina experienced “a paradigm shift” when her school became a STEM magnet and she “came to realize that teaching STEM and teaching languages shared much in common, including critical thinking, collaboration, interpretation, and communication.” Katrina’s practice exemplifies the “trifecta of language, content, and culture” where students “see value not only in what they are studying, but also in themselves.”