Since its beginning in 2005, four WL educators from CLTA have been winners of the prestigious national ACTFL Teacher of the Year award. These remarkable educators represented California at the SWCOLT Conference and then ultimately became the national face for world language education in their respective years.

Ying Jin, 2018, teaches Chinese Language and Culture at Cupertino High School, Homestead High School and Fremont High School, all in the Fremont Union High School District in Sunnyvale.

Nicole Naditz, 2015, French teacher at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, CA.

Yo Azama, 20012, Japanese teacher at North Salinas High School in Salinas, CA.

Christine Lanphere, 2007, French teacher at Natomas High School in Natomas, CA.