ACTFL Teacher of the Year Yo Azama Keynotes 2014 Fall Conference
Always thought-provoking, Azama proved why he was ACTFL 2012 Teacher of the Year. He delivered a memorable and powerful keynote address at MCTLC's Fall conference on Friday, October 24. Diversity, Equity, and World Languages: Empowering Teachers for Change. A native of Okinawa, he teaches Japanese at North Salinas High School in Salinas, California with dynamic interactive activities. Azama shared the story of how students came up with the idea to produce this language PSA. His students are clearly inspired by his energy and ingenuity.
Conference highlights included:
"Meeting and working with Yo Azama was inspiring and energizing."
"The entire conference was wonderful. Yo Azama was an awesome speaker; engaging, entertaining, and had a great message. I left each of my breakout sessions with new tools to use in my class, and I loved the opportunity to network with other language professionals."
"Connecting with others, particularly with colleagues and friends whom I haven't seen in a while. Overall, you all did a great job with the conference; it was clear that you worked hard to put together a quality experience for everyone who attended. I appreciated that as an attendee. It was a really nice day; thanks for all of your work!!"
"Connecting with world language teachers and learning from them. Yo Azama was a lot of fun (which is important at an event like this!) and I learned about opportunities for students and teachers at the exhibits and through the presentations. It was all good!"
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