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Citadel News Service
1 Sep 2005

West Ashley, Trident Academy, First Baptist Spanish teachers honored

Teachers from West Ashley High School, First Baptist Church School and Trident Academy have been named finalists in The Citadel’s annual Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year program.

The Citadel's Tau Iota Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is proud to announce that the finalists for the second annual award are Celina P. Anthony of West Ashley High School, Ruth Agnes Cox of First Baptist Church School and Keri Peterson of Trident Academy.

Awards Ceremony
The Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year will be announced during a reception at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the Greater Issues Room of Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus.

The three teachers were selected from more than a dozen nominees from Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. They were judged on 10 categories that include innovation in teaching, initiative in Spanish curriculum development and extra-curricular activities related to teaching and professional development. Judges were the student officers of the Tau Iota Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi and Spanish faculty at The Citadel.

The Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year will be announced during a reception at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the Greater Issues Room of Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus. Finalists will receive awards while the winner will receive a $300 check courtesy of the Harvey, Casterline & Vallini law firm to spend as they choose.

Anthony is a native of Peru and has been teaching at West Ashley High School since 1997. In addition to sponsoring the school’s Spanish Club, she is coordinator of the West Ashley High School Multicultural Festival and has taught Spanish to adults in the West Ashley Community Education program since 2001. She is also a teacher mentor for Spanish teacher candidates from the College of Charleston. A graduate from the National University of Trujillo (Peru), she received her M.Ed. in Secondary School Administration in May 2005 from The Citadel.

Cox, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been teaching Spanish at First Baptist High School since 1998. She was a finalist is the inaugural contest last year. She also serves as the school's adviser for the Foreign Language Club and the Foreign Language Newsletter. She was instrumental in founding the Foreign Language Club Scholarship, and she continues the development of special instructional programs such as last year’s “Working Together to Build a Better Future,” a project that served to teach students about the League of Nations, the United Nations, UNICEF, and select Spanish-speaking countries. A graduate of the College of Charleston, she earned her master’s in teaching (MAT) at The Citadel in May 2005.

Peterson, a South Carolina native, has taught at Trident Academy since 2001. Last year she organized and directed a study abroad excursion to Costa Rica where grade 9 through 12 students stayed with local families while attending classes at an immersion Spanish school in the capital of San Juan. Her dynamic and innovative teaching has directly resulted in Trident Academy’s expansion of one Spanish I class to the additional offering of Spanish II, III and IV. Peterson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

For more information about the Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year program or its sister program the South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Program, visit the web site or contact the founder and director Mark P. Del Mastro or call 953-6809.

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