Amy Dunaway-Haney has been recognized by the Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA) as Ohio’s 2012 World Language Teacher of the Year. In early March, she represented Ohio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the regional World Language Teacher of the Year competition.
The contest is sponsored by the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, a regional organization for foreign language teachers that encompasses 17 states from Colorado to Ohio. The winner of this competition goes on to represent the Central States Region in the national World Language Teacher of the Year competition, held in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Dunaway-Haney is a past recipient of the OFLA’s Leona Glenn Award for Outstanding High School World Language Teacher, which is awarded annually at the OFLA conference. In 2010, she was a co-recipient of the OFLA Technology Award. In 2005, she was honored as a Wal Mart Teacher of the Year in 2005, and in 2006, as a Disney Teacher of the Year.
In 2010, she earned National Board Certification. Dunaway-Haney and her colleagues have a written a number of books that include activities, games, speaking and writing activities, and culture for elementary through advanced students. She says that she is proudest of working with pre-service teachers in all languages, and works to maintain the relationships with those teachers. She continues to collaborate with them on pen pal programs, travel, presentations and language immersion days. Dunaway-Haney is an accomplished presenter on topics ranging from music to grammar. One of her presentations last year was named Best of Central States, and she traveled to Denver to present it at the ACTFL annual convention.
During an interview with author Mike Roberts as part of “One-On-One with America’s Most Inspiring Teachers,” she said, “I feel like I was born with the desire to be a teacher. Next to parenting, teaching is the second most important job. A teacher has to have the desire to educate and inspire students. Effective teachers never stop trying, and they never give up. What they are doing is too important!”
For more information about the Ohio Foreign Language Association, visit www.ofla-online.org. For more information about the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, visit www.actfl.org.