On Nov. 18, New Trier High School Chinese language teacher Julia Kessel was recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Chinese Teacher at the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) 30th Anniversary celebration in Nashville, Tennessee. The award recognizes an individual who is currently teaching Chinese and has held a full-time position for at least five years.
According to the CLASS Awards Committee, Kessel demonstrated excellence in teaching Chinese language and culture to her students in a 15-minute instructional video she submitted. During the video, it was clear Kessel engaged her students and posed questions to elicit a higher level of language performance from them.
Kessel accepted the award in front of an audience representing the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) STARTALK program, the College Board AP Chinese Program, and the America Councils Research Center, as well as many other K-16 Chinese Teachers.
"CLASS is very proud of Ms. Kessel's professional achievements," the Awards Committee said. "She is an outstanding role model for many other K-12 Chinese language teachers, and we wish her continued success in her teaching."