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The Outstanding Teacher Award is bestowed on a world languages and culture educator who exemplifies exceptional qualities of an educator that demonstrate passion for teaching and learning.

Affiliates and CLTA members may nominate a CLTA member colleague for Outstanding Teacher.

There may be one or more Outstanding Teachers per year; awards are granted on the basis of evidence-based qualifications.

Nominees must be CLTA members in good standing for the current and previous year. 

The Awards Committee will not consider self-nominations.  However, interested teachers are encouraged to approach a fellow CLTA member or affiliate rep. to ask to be nominated. Please contact Angela Martínez at for help finding a member near you. 

Requirements are listed below.


Items 1-6 need to be ready to upload when filling out the online form. Items 7 & 8 are provided in the online form.

  1. evidence that the nominee is a member of CLTA. Get email confirmation from (cc on all correspondence).
  2.  letter of nomination describing attributes and contributions
  3.  brief professional resumé of nominee
  4. evidence that the nominee is currently employed as a teacher of world language other than English
  5. a recent photograph of nominee (one copy suitable for display)
  6. three letters of recommendation from persons not CLTA board members (You may want to provide those who write letters of recommendation with the scoring rubric)
  7. nominated by local affiliate or colleague (other than CLTA board member)
  8. completed nomination form (online form only)

Online Nomination form can be found here: Application/Nomination Form

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