Freedom High School Spanish Teacher is Selected as Governor’s Summer Residential Spanish Foreign Language Academy Director 2017!
Gimara Richards, Spanish teacher at Freedom High School, was selected to be this year’s Governor’s Summer Residential Spanish Foreign Language Academy Director for 2017.
The Virginia Foreign Language Academies began in 1987 and include three full immersion, three week experiences in which students from throughout the Commonwealth engage in co-curricular academic and social learning experiences totally in Spanish, French or German without any exceptions, one partial-immersion academy in Japanese, and the Latin Academy. Sixty students from throughout Virginia will participate in this year’s Spanish Academy.
The Spanish Academy will take place June 25 to July 16 at Washington & Lee University in Lexington Virginia where Mrs. Richards will oversee the curriculum implementation, academic and social programs, all staffing for the academy which includes teachers, resident assistants, graduate students, teacher and professor observers from throughout the state and many invited special guests of the Virginia Department of Education. Mrs. Richards was a teacher in the Academy last year and has been recognized throughout the state for her excellent presentations at the State Foreign Language Conference, having been selected two years ago as co-presenting the best workshop of the entire conference of over 250 presentations and winning a scholarship to present that workshop on Constructive Feedback at a national conference.