Master of Arts in Teaching a Second Language (MATSL) candidate Tyler Gaviria '11 has been named 2010 Teacher of the Year by the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina.
Gaviria, who teaches Spanish at Garner Magnet High School in Wake County, N.C., was inspired to go into teaching after helping Latino youths gain access to higher education during her two-year term in AmeriCorps. Prior to that, she graduated from Peace College in Raleigh, N.C., earning a BA in Spanish and Liberal Studies with a concentration in Anthropology. She is expected to graduate from Bennington's MATSL program this summer.
"Tyler's passion and enthusiasm for her learning and her teaching infuse all that she does," said Carol Meyer, Bennington's director of programs in languages and teacher education."She is truly remarkable and deserving of this award. We are very proud of her."
The Bennington MATSL program is an intensive, low-residency program for working elementary, middle, and high school French and Spanish teachers who seek to develop language skills, cultivate teaching abilities, and advance their careers by becoming leaders in their schools and in the wider educational world.