WOODBRIDGE, NJ - Senator Patrick Diegnan and Democratic Council Candidate Kristine Keefe were given awards by the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey at their annual conference held in Woodbridge on April 14.

Senator Diegnan received the President’s Award for his sponsorship of legislation encouraging world language education in our public schools.   In presenting the award, the outgoing President of FLENJ commented that no legislator in New Jersey was as effective in the support of world language education than the Senator.   She called specific attention to his legislation, which overwhelming passed both houses of the legislature, to provide funding for dual language studies.

Mrs. Keefe, who is a language teacher at J.P Stevens High School in Edison, was recognized for her development of innovative projects related to world language education.   She was awarded a grant to continue development of a weekly book club for her Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture classes.  She intends to use the funds to purchase novels, a subscription to Flipgrid (an online recording tool that helps amplify student voice) and flexible classroom seating.    At next year’s conference Kristine will be presenting the results of her project.

Senator Diegnan commented on Mrs. Keefe recognition saying “The students at J.P. Stevens High School are fortunate to have a teacher with such intelligence, creativity and inspiration as Kristine.  How fortunate our residents will be when she brings that same focus and energy to the Borough Council.”