Kristine Keefe, Spanish Teacher in Edison, New Jersey, has been chosen as the 2019 Language Teacher of the Year by the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey!  Ms. Keefe teaches Spanish at John P. Stevens High School in Edison and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer who shares her passion and energy with her students, and her profession every day, both in the classroom and beyond. Her supervisor, Virginia Santoro commented, “As Kristine’s direct supervisor for almost ten years, I can tell you first hand that she is one of the most dedicated educators that I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my almost 40 years of tenure in education.” Ms. Santoro also adds, “Kristine is the consummate professional.  She is constantly seeking news ways to make her teaching relevant for her students.”

Ms. Keefe is an inspiration to her students to positively impact their own communities, as she has done in her community.  Ms. Keefe is an outstanding advocate for her students, and for language and culture education, committed to community involvement, and to reach all students in terms of their unique paths to proficiency.  Gurnoor Tucker, a former student remarked, “Señora Keefe uses her platform as a foreign language teacher to spread awareness and cultivate appreciation for the rich cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.” Kristine also won a FLENJ Mini-Grant in 2018 for her project “Book Club Fridays in AP Language Class.”

Kristine shares her innovative learning practices with other educators, and will present several workshops at FLENJ's annual conference on April 5th and 6th this year, at the APA Hotel in Iselin, NJ. She has presented at local and regional conferences and will share her expertise at the Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Language (GWATFL) 2019 Spring Conference. She  is also an organizer for EdcampWL, an “un-conference” for world language educators in the tri-state area.  Their fourth annual conference was held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at JP Stevens High School in Edison, where Ms. Keefe teaches.

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Ms. Keefe will move onto a regional competition at the NECTFL Conference in New York in February 2020. NECTFL  stands for the “Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.”  Ms. Keefe will be competing with other state Teachers of the Year from potentially 14 other states in the Northeast. The winner of that round will move on to the national competition at ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in Washington D.C. in November 2020. 

We are pleased to congratulate and to welcome Ms. Kristine Keefe as our Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey’s 2019 Language Teacher of the Year.  We look forward to her leadership, both in the classroom and beyond.

For further information:

Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey, www.flenj.org

Kristine Keefe, kristine.keefe@edison.k12.nj.us, Spanish Teacher, John P. Stevens High School

Nathan Lutz, FLENJ Annual Conference Chair, nlutz@flenj.org

Christina Buck, FLENJ Historian, cbuck@flenj.org