GRC French teacher Lydia Kohler is the 2023 recipient of the Kentucky World Language Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. She received the award on Sept. 30 at the KWLA Fall Conference.
This award recognizes a world language teacher who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to the profession.
Before receiving the top honor as the KWLA’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kohler received the Outstanding French Teacher award from the Kentucky chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French.
Mrs. Kohler is a National Board Certified Teacher in Languages Other Than English. She earned her master’s degree in Education at Georgetown College, and her bachelor's in French and Education at Transylvania University.
She teaches French language classes at all levels in her school, and teaches French 101 and 102 at Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead University.
Mrs. Kohler has been an active leader in the field by serving in many roles both local and statewide: She currently serves as the Director of the KWLA's Showcase, and has served within the same organization as Secretary, and Regional Representative Liaison, among other roles.
Her passion for francophone language and culture, and her ability to create a stimulating and engaging learning environment, make her an outstanding teacher. Through her methods, as well as a wide variety of activities, not only she provides her students with the opportunity to witness the language in action.
In March, Mrs. Kohler will represent Kentucky World Languages teachers at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching where shewill be a candidate for the SCOLT regional Teacher of the Year Award.
Should she win the award at the regional level, she would then advance to the national level where she would compete for the National World Languages Teacher of the Year Award, given by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Congratulations to Lydia Kohler!