The hard work and dedication of the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) World Languages Department has resulted in the team winning a 2021 Golden Globe Award from the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA).
"The World Language teachers truly embrace the concept of collaboration. They are continuously sharing new ideas and successful practices to improve the student experience," said PWHS Assistant Principal and Department Supervisor Maico Azcona.
The highest level of the PSMLA Exemplary Program awards, the Golden Globe recognizes the department's ability to encourage students to continue studying a language including upper level and Advanced Placement courses, the teachers' hours of professional development, unique programs like the annual James J. Boyle Oral Proficiency Contest and the yearly service club trip to Guatemala, and other criteria.
"In my opinion, what makes this recognition stand out from our earlier awards is that we used evidence and data from during the pandemic to qualify for this honor," said Dr. Rich Madel, Spanish Teacher and World Languages Department Chair. "For each of us in the department, it serves as a testament that we are still able to deliver the highest quality instructional product to our students in spite of the many challenges that our community has faced this year and last."
The PSMLA awarded the department its first Golden Globe in 2019. The department will be eligible again in 2023.