Ohio World Language Teacher of the Year

Parthena Draggett

Parthena Draggett teaches Spanish at Jackson High School in Massillon, where she is the World Language Department Head and has taught all levels of Spanish and French. Parthena also serves as a Project Management Team Leader for Stark County World Language Lead Teachers since 2004, and has created model curriculum for the Ohio Department of Education, both for Ohio's Learning Standards (2012) and our previous standards.  She has participated in various OFLA committees over the years, including: Technology, Awards, and Teacher Education and Licensure. A recipient of the OFLA Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and the Technology Award in 2012, her most recent service is as a member of the ODE Network of Regional Leaders, collaborating with teachers across the state.

In addition, Parthena regularly presents at conferences, including: OFLA, ACTFL, AATSP, the AP Annual Conference, and Central States.  A long time participant in the AP Spanish Reading, she currently serves as a Table Leader for Writing. A College Board Consultant, she presents AP Spanish workshops and APSIs, represents World Languages on the College Board Consultants' Panel, has contributed as a writer and editor of materials for the AP Community Online Annotated Resource Guide, and is co-author of the new College Board Thematic Curriculum Module, El arte – ventana y espejo, to be used in AP Spanish Language and Culture AP Summer Institutes. She also participated in preparing sample syllabi for the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Audit. A passionate AP teacher, Parthena has been a reviewer and author of several AP Spanish publications, including the AP SPANISH LANGUAGE Quick Study Guide for Bar Charts, Inc.

Moreover, Parthena serves as Treasurer of AATSP Ohio, State Director for the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, and Regional Coordinator for the National Spanish Exam. Parthena has been an AP Spanish Reader since 2006, currently as Table Leader. Parthena regularly contributes to the OFLA Listserv, the AP Community, and FL Teach, making connections with teachers near and far, sharing materials and collaborating.

Parthena earned her B.A. in Spanish and French from Mount Union College and her M.A. in Spanish and French Pedagogy and Applied Linguistics from Kent State University. Among the first National Board Certified Teachers in World Languages Other than English (2002), Parthena currently holds the highest Ohio teaching credentials: Lead Professional Educator License.

In March, she represented Ohio as the state’s nominee for the 2015 Central States Conference’s regional Teacher of the Year competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Parthena is a talented and respected colleague whose accomplishments are outstanding, and whose dedication to teaching is unsurpassed.

Last Modified: 9/15/2015 10:11:22 AM