Hannah Lassiter, a Spanish major at Campbell University, was recognized as a Language Teacher by the C.A.F.E (Call All Future Educators) Project in the 53rd Annual Conference of Foreign Languages Association of North Carolina (FLANC) in Winston-Salem, NC, last month.
“Teacher shortage” and “teacher retention” are commonly heard phrases when speaking on the topic of education in North Carolina. Project C.A.F.E. is an opportunity for world language teachers in the state to address these issues. This project attempts to identify and recognize outstanding young people who are interested in teaching languages, and is a valuable conference for a future educator to attend.
“I wanted to show Hannah that there are organizations or association around the state like FLANC where language educators can attend to share ideas, collaborate and get support from other colleagues,” said professor René Ibarra. “I wanted to show her all that a conference has to offer for a new teacher: she can interact with publishers, find ideas for study abroad programs and most importantly, she can interact with School Districts which are looking to hire new language teachers.”
After graduation, Hannah plans to teach Spanish back at her high school. She is a passionate student who wants to be able to communicate in Spanish and give back to her community. Professor Ibarra is very proud of Hannah and the steps she is taking towards her future career. “I am excited to mentor her and guide her in this journey,” Ibarra said.