Teacher of the Year

2019 Nevada Language Teacher of the Year

In order to be considered for the 2019 Nevada World Language Teacher of the Year (TOY) Award, the following items must be completed and submitted to the TOY committee chairperson no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018.


Julie Lozada Ocampo, Chairperson

Nevada World Language TOY Committee

PO Box 299

Dayton, NV 89403

Email: jalozada12@gmail.com

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).


    • July 15, 2018 Announcement of the Nevada World Language Teacher of the Year program
    • August 31, 2018 Application materials due to the nomination committee
    • Between September 15 to September 20, 2018 Applicant interviews (in-person or via phone)
    • September 28-29, 2018  Announcement of 2019 Nevada Language Teacher of the Year


  • November 1, 2018 Deadline to submit name of 2019 Nevada Language Teacher of the Year to SWCOLT Teacher of the Year Committee Chairperson


  • December 15, 2018 SWCOLT Teacher of the Year nomination portfolios due
  • December 16-February 28, 2019 SWCOLT evaluation of nomination portfolios by evaluation panel
  • March 28, 2019 SWCOLT Teacher of the Year candidate interviews (Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas)
  • March 29, 2019 SWCOLT Plenary Session at Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
    • Introduction of State Teachers of the Year
    • Announcement of SWCOLT Teacher of the Year
  • November 22-24, 2019 Competition for National Teacher of the Year at ACTFL Conference (Washington, DC)



Plan to be interviewed via Skype between September 15-20, 2018. Interviews will be conducted from 3:00–5:00 p.m. You will be notified ahead of time via email of the specific day and time for your interview.

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