Teacher of the Year

2017 Nevada Language Teacher of the Year

In order to be considered for the 2017 Nevada World Language Teacher of the Year (TOY) Award, the following items must be completed and submitted to the TOY committee no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.


Julie Lozada Ocampo, NBCT

Nevada World Language TOY Committee Chairperson

PO Box 299

Dayton, NV 89403

Email: jalozada12@gmail.com or


Phone:(775) 722-2134


  1. Application Form
  2. Headshot photo
  3. Three letters of recommendation from:
    1. A professional colleague
    2. A supervisor
    3. A current or former parent or student
  4. Curriculum Vitae of no more than five pages
  5. First-person statement on the value of learning language and culture (not to exceed 500 words)
  6. Personal responses to the following questions (not to exceed 250 words per question):
    1. How do you address the national standards in your instruction?
    2. How do you use and promote target language communication in your classroom?
    3. How do you integrate culture into instruction and assessment?

All application materials should be mailed on 8 ½ x 11” paper, printed on one side only, or submitted electronically as a PDF file.

The Nevada World Language TOY will compete at the regional level with one teacher being named by the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) as the SWCOLT Language Teacher of the Year. This person will then compete at the national level as the National Language Teacher of the Year selected by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Teacher of the Year Timeline:

    • August 1, 2016 Announcement of the Nevada World Language Teacher of the Year program
    • September 20, 2016 Application materials due to the nominating committee
    • Between September 20 to September 29, 2016 Applicant interviews (in-person or via phone)
    • October 7, 2016 Announcement of 2017 Nevada Language Teacher of the Year
    • December 15, 2016 SWCOLT Teacher of the Year nomination portfolios due
    • December 16 –February 25, 2017 SWCOLT evaluation of nomination portfolios by evaluation panel
    • March 2, 2017 SWCOLT Teacher of the Year candidate interviews (Oklahoma City, OK)
    • March 3, 2017 SWCOLT Plenary Session
      • Introduction of State Teachers of the Year
      • Announcement of SWCOLT Teacher of the Year
    • November 2017 Competition for National Teacher of the Year at ACTFL Conference (Nashville, TN)

Teacher of the Year Interview Process:

Plan to be interviewed in Reno or via phone between September 21-29. Interviews will be conducted from 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Interviews will be composed of two parts:

  1. Questions and Answers (ten minutes) – You will answer questions by the selection committee. Questions will be based on the following topics:
    1. Personal background
    2. National and state foreign language standards and proficiency levels.
    3. Professional involvement
    4. Value of language learning
  2. Mock press conference (five minutes) – You will give a three to five minute to a civic group or other outside organization

Download Teacher of the Year Application