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Shiloh teacher recognized as 'global educator'

Irene Zamora Soto, a kindergarten teacher in Shiloh Elementary School, will be honored as one of the top international education teachers in the state.

VIF International Education has announced that Irene Zamora Soto, a kindergarten teacher in Shiloh Elementary School’s Spanish dual language program, has won a 2014 Global Educator Award. Zamora Soto will be honored as one of the top international education teachers in the state.

She was recognized with a Global Educator Award based on her submission of a comprehensive global lesson plan that illustrates her dedication to using creative resources and approaches to promote global awareness among her students.

She explained, “I love creating songs and poems for lessons I use with my students, so creating my own poem for this lesson was a really fun part of it for me. I always try to add little original pieces like that to my lessons.” As an award winner, Soto will receive a travel voucher to support her continued cultural learning.

A native of Spain, Zamora Soto has been a teacher for seven years and is in her first year at Shiloh. Zamora Soto is an active member of the Global Gateway educator community and incorporates global content into her classroom on a daily basis to encourage student engagement and she regularly shares insights and tips on global learning with other educators. As a VIF Cultural Exchange Teacher, an integral part of Zamora Soto’s role at Shiloh is to help her students and school community know more about various world cultures.

“I do feel like I have an extra responsibility to share what I know about other countries and to help my students learn about them,” Zamora Soto said. “I’ve also enjoyed getting to know and sharing my experiences with my colleagues, who are very interested in learning different aspects of my culture.”

In its 15th year, VIF’s Global Educator Awards recognize educators who demonstrate outstanding commitment to inspiring students, colleagues and community members to understand the world’s languages, its cultures and the diverse perspectives of all people. VIF’s international education programs are turnkey, standards-aligned and accessible and have demonstrated impact on student achievement across demographics.

“Irene Zamora Soto’s dedication to teaching and the cultural creativity she brings to her classroom will have a lasting impact on her students,” said David Young, CEO of VIF. “Her students are our future leaders and that will be due, in part, to Ms. Zamora Soto’s teaching. Becoming literate in two languages and being exposed to different cultures at such a young age will uniquely prepare them for the world outside their classroom.”

The annual Global Educator Award competition is open to all teachers using the VIF Global Gateway system for professional development and classroom resources. An awards committee selects the winning educators based on their submission of global lesson plans that incorporate project-based inquiry approaches to teaching and learning.


Written by: The Enquirer-Journal
Posted: May 12, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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