CLTA is delighted to announce that Vicky Xiong-Lor, EdD., has been selected as the 2022 Teacher of the Year. Dr. Xiong-Lor, who is a lecturer in the Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at CSU Fresno, also currently teaches Hmong at both Clovis and Buchanan High Schools. Dr. Xiong-Lor holds a Single-Subject credential in Hmong; a Clear Administrative Services Credential; a Bilingual and Cross-Cultural credential; and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from CSU Fresno.
Dr. Xiong-Lor was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher award for CLTA in 2020. One of her colleagues at CSU Fresno described Dr. Xiong-Lor as someone who is “dedicated, passionate, and works tirelessly with others to effectively serve linguistically and culturally diverse communities in the San Joaquin Valley.” The Central California World Language Project (CCWLP), where Dr. Xiong-Lor is currently a lead facilitator for the Hmong Language Strand, stated that she is “the role model that every teacher should have. She is innovative and very creative with the variety of technological tools she utilizes to better serve students’ needs.” She has been a member of the CCWLP since its inception in 2014 and continues to reach and influence many language teachers in the Central Valley, both new and experienced, in their understandings of what effective world language instructions is.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Xiong-Lor has contributed to several causes and organizations, most recently serving on the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Committee in 2019, as well as the Hmong Literacy Standards Committee, beginning in 2019 and continuing today. In the latter, she has been able to work with Hmong teachers and leaders in other states, such as Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as her colleagues here in California, to design and implement literacy standards in the Hmong classroom. Dr. Xiong-Lor has served on the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, also in 2019, and currently is the Education Chair and Scholarship Coordinator for the Hmong Cultural New Year Celebration Inc, beginning as a member in 2017.
Dr. Xiong-Lor is no stranger to language advocacy and language education awareness, both inside and outside of the classroom. She has made numerous presentations, which include ones for the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Language and Culture; the Stanford Hmong Student HmongX, the Fresno City College Asian and Pacific Islander Celebration of Success; Hmong National Development; and the Hmong READS Program, among others.
Please join everyone at CLTA in congratulating Dr. Vicky Xiong-Lor on this well-deserved achievement. Dr. Xiong-Lor will be a keynote speaker at our upcoming Summer Seminar and will also be representing California at SWCOLT 2022.