Loni O’Grady Named 2015 Michael Oates Teacher of Promise
The Iowa World Language Association’s 2015 Michael Oates Teacher of Promise has been awarded to Loni O’Grady, a Spanish language teacher at Prairieview and Timberline School. The award presentation was held during the Luncheon of the 2015 Iowa World Language Association Annual Conference in October at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines.
Michael Oates is a name synonymous with the teaching of language, culture and linguistic for thousands of students and teachers across Iowa and around the world. Nominees must show exceptional promise and potential to become outstanding world language educators.
Loni is, according to the person who nominated her, the epitome of the teacher that this award was designed to recognize. She is the kind of caring, compassionate teacher that Michael Oates was to his students. She is an amazing teacher who expects and gets the very best out of her students when it comes to their language and cultural development.
Loni has endorsements in ESL and Spanish. She is fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese and has completed travel and work experience in 13 Latin American Countries. She has several years experience teaching in Mexico.
“It is such an honor to be recognized as a Teacher of Promise by my colleagues and mentors. I truly appreciate their encouragement and support in helping me turn my passion into a profession,” O’Grady said. “I am eager to continue my growth as an educator in the classroom and inspire students in the classroom.”
Waukee Community School District congratulates Loni on her achievement.
The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) represents the more than 1,200 world language educators in the state from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is devoted to advancing the worldwide mission of education and world languages, literature and culture by promoting the study of world languages and cultures, promoting language curricula, from primary to post-secondary levels, to enable students to become proficient in the target language, and opening the doors for multilingual interaction with other cultures.