German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award

Teacher Award 2017

Outstanding educators deserve recognition!

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the AATG, the German Embassy Washington has since 2008 presented the Teacher of Excellence Award, highlighting the accomplishments of top-notch, up-and-coming German teachers in the United States.

Know an outstanding teacher? Recommend him/her for nomination by the annual May 31 deadline!

A solid foundation for future German-American relations

The prize, especially for early-career and up-and-coming educators at high schools and in higher education, includes a two-week professional development course in Germany, offered by the Goethe-Institut.

Enlarge image During their stay in Germany, award recipients experience the country anew, gaining fresh stimuli on teaching techniques, culture and society, and the German language. Award winners are additionally invited to receive their prize at the annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

The AATG, which administers the award, accepts nominations from its regional chapters as well as the Goethe-Instituts, DAAD, German Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), and the German Consulates General and Honorary Consuls in the US. In addition, school administrators and schools where German is offered, as well as colleges and universities, are encouraged to nominate outstanding educators for the award.

Nominations must be received by the annual May 31 deadline.

Selection criteria include evidence of:

  • 1. Learner-centric teaching – use of student-oriented, open forms of instruction
  • 2. Interaction in the context of teaching and learning – communicative instruction which is targeted at language production
  • 3. Use of new media – audiovisual and electronic media to promote communication skills
  • 4. Intercultural relationship to educational content – e.g. through exchange support or virtual contacts with students in Germany
  • 5. Focus on language competency when measuring performance – promotion of modern test procedures – e.g. use of DSD and/or GI tests in addition to U.S. examinations

For further information about the award and to submit a nomination, please visit: German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award

Congratulations to the 2016 German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award Winners!

Laura Buder, German 1 and German 4 AP/ 5 Honors Teacher, Vestavia Hills High School, AL

Laura Buder, Vestavia Hills High School, Alabama

No one in Laura Buder’s German classroom is “just not a language person.” Core to her teaching philosophy is the belief that when teachers refuse to give up on students, students try harder—and learn.

Cathy Gamble, Teacher of German, La Cueva High School Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cathy Gamble, La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cathy Gamble’s inspiration to teach German derives from her desire to instill a sense of interconnectedness. Her multi-media, multi-cultural, collaborative classroom, along with a rich palette of extracurricular engagement opportunities, has doubled enrollment from fewer than 60 students to 120 today!

Brooke Kreitinger, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of German, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Brooke Kreitinger, Visiting Assistant Professor of German, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

As a teacher-scholar, Dr. Brooke Kreitinger allows her enthusiasm for research to inform her teaching in the tradition of German universities where research and teaching are closely intertwined. Whether it’s via film evenings, weekly Kaffeestunde gatherings, undergraduate research events, or larger initiatives such as hosting one-day conferences, she is constantly letting her passion for German and teaching shine through.

American Association of Teachers of German

With over 4,000 members, the American Association of Teachers of German is for teachers of German at all levels of instruction and all those interested in the teaching of German. Founded in 1926, AATG believes that bringing the language, literature, and cultures of the German speaking world to all Americans is a vital humanistic endeavor, which serves an essential national interest.

The 2012 recipients of the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award.

Previous Award Winners

Read more and be inspired by past winners of the Teacher of Excellence Award.

Do Deutsch

Like do Deutsch on Facebook!

Join do Deutsch on Facebook and connect with German students, teachers, and Freunde der deutschen Sprache in the USA. This is the place to let your #Sprachvergnügen run loose!

do Deutsch on Facebook