Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Spanish Teacher Patty D'Annunzio was recently recognized by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) with a Global Educator Certificate for encouraging PWHS World Language students to develop broader perspectives and skills as participants in the PSMLA Global Scholars Program.
"I especially like working individually with the students and finding ways for them to connect their language and cultural studies to what they learn in their history, science, and literature courses. They often find global connections in elective courses such as art and music," said Mrs. D'Annunzio. "It is very gratifying to know young people who recognize that global outreach and understanding offers many personal benefits."
The PSMLA Global Scholars Program encourages high school students to pursue interdisciplinary coursework that has a global perspective. With that in mind, Mrs. D'Annunzio helps guide students toward choosing courses and finding opportunities outside of the classroom to meet the non-academic expectations to become a Global Scholar.
The program requires students to meet standards in four areas: world language courses, other academics, extracurricular activities, and service hours/media sources. As a result, PWHS students in the program develop a global awareness and global competencies that prepare them for success in an interconnected world.
"The students say that the biggest reward is the accumulation of experiences that they have had through their coursework and extracurricular activities that bring them full circle," said Mrs. D'Annunzio. "They start by just studying a language and then find that there are cultural, political, scientific, and artistic elements that they can draw on and apply both for personal satisfaction as well as for the global good."
Mrs. D'Annunzio is only one of seventeen educators in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to earn this recognition.