Northwest Nazarene University’s Dr. Ben Earwicker named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by IATLC

 Earwicker BenDuring its recent annual conference, the Idaho Association of Teachers of Languages and Cultures (IATLC) named Dr. Ben Earwicker, assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American studies, Idaho State Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.

Craig Sheehy, vice president of the Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL), said, “Dr. Ben Earwicker was selected this year from among the nominees for several reasons: he consistently displays professionalism and support for the many concurrent enrollment programs that he oversees; he mentors the teachers of those programs and maintains communication with them through newsletters; and he consistently presents at our annual conference on academic topics that stretch the attendees’ minds.”

Earwicker’s new status includes the role of representing the statewide organization to the regional Pacific Northwest Council For Languages (PNCFL). Furthermore, Earwicker will act as a candidate of the PNCFL when he attends the national organization, the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) national convention located in San Antonio, Texas, from November 21-23.

Earwicker stated that he is “honored to receive this award. I am grateful to the Idaho Association of Teachers of Languages and Cultures for facilitating a collaborative teaching network across the state of Idaho for teachers of language and culture. It is a privilege to work alongside so many incredible secondary and post-secondary teachers in Idaho.”

Earwicker also noted NNU’s role in helping him receive this award: “The recognition also reflects NNU’s community connections through the concurrent credit program and the Department of Language, Literature, and Culture.”

Dr. Earwicker serves as Chair of the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice as well as Chair of the Department of Language, Literature and Culture at NNU.  His passion and work has led him to over 25 countries in the world often while leading groups of NNU students.

An award presentation will be held during Community Chapel on Monday, Nov. 10 at 10:10 a.m. in the Brandt Center on the NNU campus.

Here is the link to the original NORTHWEST NAZARENE UNIVERSITY story.

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