Spanish Teacher Drew Wildes Receives Dora Kennedy Award

News Release, St. Mary’s Ryken High School

Congratulations to SMR Spanish teacher, Mr. Drew Wildes for receiving the Dora Kennedy Award. The purpose of this award is to support Maryland Foreign Language Association members who are new to the teaching of world languages and interested in participating in a professional learning opportunity to improve their ability to implement current best practices in the classroom. Mr. Wildes will receive a $500 scholarship for professional development. He plans to attend the International Forum on Language Teaching conference this summer.

Spanish Classroom Drew Wildes
Mr. Wildes was surprised with the award presentation while he was teaching by Principal Dr. Rick Wood, World Language department chair, Mrs. Sam Spaulding, Dean of Academics, Mr. Brad Chamberlain, Dean of Faculty and Student Life, Mrs. Crystal Dunkin, Dean of Students, Mr. Joe Wysokinski and his students. 

The Maryland Foreign Language Association (MFLA) has established this scholarship to honor Dora Kennedy and her lifelong passion for building teacher leaders. Dora, a former Latin teacher, Supervisor of World Languages for Prince George’s County Public Schools, and methods instructor at the University of Maryland, was a strong proponent of the study of world languages at all levels. She was involved in numerous initiatives throughout the region and an active member of Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, as well as other organizations promoting the study of world languages.

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