Melissa Hernandez – 2018 World Language Teacher of the Year

Background

The Nebraska International Languages Association named Spanish teacher Melissa Hernandez from Lincoln Northeast High School the 2018 Outstanding World Language Teacher. The Nebraska International Languages Association is a professional organization dedicated to the support and promotion of the teaching of languages in the state of Nebraska. Anyone who is actively engaged in the teaching of a world language at any level of education in Nebraska is eligible for membership. The organization annually recognizes outstanding Nebraska educators and supporters of world language education at its fall conference.

Explanation

The Nebraska International Languages Association named Spanish teacher Melissa Hernandez from Lincoln Northeast High School the 2018 Outstanding World Language Teacher.

Piper Porras, a Spanish teacher for Bellevue Public Schools, said this about Hernandez in her nomination letter for the award:

“Her work ethic is seen in all she does both within and outside of the school building. She has been a colleague with whom I can share lesson ideas and know I’ll end up with an excellent plan once she puts in her thoughts…She is tirelessly working to create a classroom that not only prepares students for applying Spanish language knowledge in real-life settings, but also developing global citizens who are compassionate, thoughtful of others, and confident in becoming shining examples of who they truly are.”

Proposal

That the Lincoln Board of Education adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Spanish teacher Melissa Hernandez from Lincoln Northeast High School has been named the 2018 Outstanding World Language Teacher by the Nebraska International Languages Association; and

WHEREAS, Melissa Hernandez demonstrates a dedication to her students that contributes to their growth not only as students but as global citizens; and

WHEREAS, Melissa Hernandez is widely respected by her teaching peers across the state and is routinely sought out as a professional resource and inspiration; and

WHEREAS, Melissa Hernandez exposes her students to experiences beyond the classroom that enrich their learning and understanding of the world around them.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lincoln Board of Education

does hereby congratulate Melissa Hernandez for being named 2018 Outstanding World Language Teacher by the Nebraska International Languages Association.