Cherie (Rudisill) Garrett, a 1990 graduate of IUP’s Spanish Education K-12 Program, was selected by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association as the State Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in October 2017.
Cherie competed for the Regional Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award at the annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, held in February 2018 in New York City. Cherie is pictured here at the conference with her former professor
and the coordinator of Spanish Education K-12, Eileen Glisan.
Cherie began teaching Spanish at Bermudian Springs High School in 1990, and then moved to Dallastown Area High School, where she is in her 20th year of service in addition to being the World Language Department chair. Having developed several innovative
world language programs for the district, she created the Spanish Big Buddy/Little Buddy Program that connected her Dallastown students with Spanish-speaking elementary students from the York City School District. Additionally, she designed the Intermediate
World Language Program, which enabled high school students to teach world language and cultural knowledge to students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.
Cherie is active in the language profession by presenting at various conferences and participating as a member of PSMLA, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. In
addition, she has taught more than 50 graduate courses in cooperative learning and kinesthetic teaching for educators for the Regional Training Center.
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