TESOL and National Geographic Learning Announce 2014 TESOL Teacher of the Year

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City College of San Francisco tenured EFL instructor Ann Fontanella named 2014 TESOL Teacher of the year.


The ideal classroom is a community where everyone is recognized and respected

TESOL International Association and National Geographic Learning are pleased to announce California teacher, Ann Fontanella, as the 2014 recipient of the TESOL Teacher of the Year Award. The award honors exceptional English language teachers at all levels. Fontanella will be recognized at the opening session of the 2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Fontanella is a tenured EFL instructor at the City College of San Francisco, where she has spent 15 years teaching all components of ESL. When asked about what excellence in teaching means to her, Fontanella said, “The ideal classroom is a community where everyone is recognized and respected. Every class is composed of unique individuals. I stress expression of personal creativity, respect for diversity and inclusion of multiple perspectives. I also incorporate diversity into activities and assignments to foster increased awareness and appreciation.” She also noted the importance of reflection on teaching “to enhance learning.”

The winner of the TESOL Teacher of the Year Award will receive US$1,000; a free one-year membership in TESOL International Association; TESOL publications (valued at US$250); and registration, travel and accommodations for the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. The award recipient will also deliver a presentation at the TESOL convention.

National Geographic Learning will present the award to Fontanella at the TESOL convention, where she will deliver a presentation titled “Sustaining Excellence in ELT: Adult ESOL Content-Based Instruction for Student Engagement and Community Leadership.”

About TESOL International Association
Founded in 1966, TESOL International Association is a professional community of educators, researchers, administrators, and students committed to advancing excellence in English language teaching for speakers of other languages worldwide. With more than 13,000 members representing over 150 countries, TESOL fosters the exchange of ideas, research, and peer-to-peer knowledge, and provides expertise, resources, and a powerful voice on issues affecting the profession. Through professional development programs, its international conference, special interest groups, and publications, TESOL engages tens of thousands of professionals to collaborate globally and create a world of opportunity for millions of people of all ages who want to learn English. For more information, please visit http://www.tesol.org.

About Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, software and services company, empowering educators and driving learner engagement through personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of quality core and supplemental educational materials for the PreK‐12, higher education and adult education markets. Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning also distribute a variety of content from the National Geographic Society, including images, maps, videos and articles, to the academic and library markets worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.cengage.com.

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