COE French Grad Wins Teaching Award

February 11, 2015


Sara Ahnell
Sara Ahnell

Sara Ahnell, a College of Education graduate in the Alternative M.Ed. in Foreign Language Education program in French, was recently named as the winner of the Annual Promising New Foreign Language Teacher award.  The award was presented by the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers.

She was nominated by her major professor, Dr. Sue Barry.

“In my classes Sara was always engaged in class discussions and was highly respected by other students for her insightful contributions,” Barry said.  “She worked hard to scaffold and to sequence the instruction in the most appropriate way. She was at an advanced level of proficiency in French, and excelled at administering her lessons before her peers both on campus and before those viewing as distance students.  This was certainly no small achievement for a beginner.”

Although Auburn’s Alternative M.Ed. requires five content-specific pedagogy classes, not all students excel in all aspects of teaching during their internship.  According to Barry, this was not the case with Ahnell, who is now in her second year of teaching at Opelika High school.

“During these two years she has continued to write amazing instruction, to maintain a French-only environment for beginners, and to create an engaging communicative setting in her classes,” Barry said.  “I have been so impressed that I have invited Sara to give demonstration lessons for my classes. She is most deserving of this distinction.”

Sara, felicitations!

Story by George Littleton