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German teacher receives two awards

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German teacher receives two awards

German teacher Lisa Worthington-Groce, also known as Frau W.

German teacher Lisa Worthington-Groce, also known as Frau W.

Catherine Harris

German teacher Lisa Worthington-Groce, also known as Frau W.

Catherine Harris

Catherine Harris

German teacher Lisa Worthington-Groce, also known as Frau W.

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In September 2018, German teacher Lisa Worthington-Groce (also know as “Frau W”) learned she will be receiving two awards: the American Association of Teachers of German Outstanding German Educator (9-12), which is a national award, and the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina Teacher of the Year Award from the state.

“This is year 16 (of teaching),” Worthington-Groce said. “I taught for three years at Chapel Hill, then I came here (Northwest) in 2006.”

In order to receive these awards, she was nominated by a colleague, and she had to fill out a portfolio. Along with that, she also had to have letters of recommendation from administrators, students or the families of students. She then had to write a summary of her teaching philosophy of why learning a second language is important to know.

“I’m honored and humble, and I was very surprised,” Frau W said.

The national award will be given at the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages in New Orleans in November. The FLANC award will be given later this month at a conference in Durham.

After her freshman year of college, she received a scholarship to study in Germany for two months at the Goethe Institut in Prien am Chiemsee. She later returned to Germany in 2000 for her junior year to study abroad, and she enrolled directly at the university in the city of Wuerzburg.

Along with being a German teacher, she also is also certified to teach French.

“I love it (referring to teaching German); otherwise I wouldn’t have done it for so long,” Worthington-Groce said.

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