KWLA chooses Patel as state's Spanish Teacher of the Year
The Kentucky World Language Association saluted Amisha Patel of Frederick Douglass High School as the state's 2021 Outstanding Spanish Language Teacher of the Year and celebrated her achievements during its virtual state conference in mid-September.
Patel, who chairs the World Languages Department at Douglass, was singled out by the Kentucky chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. A native of Somerset with 10 years of classroom experience, she received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish/Psychology from Transylvania University, a master of arts in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky, and a master’s in Teaching from Eastern Kentucky University. Patel has also served as an FCPS proficiency lead for world languages and a new teacher mentor.
She says she became a teacher to make a difference by sharing her love of languages with students to increase global competency, to provide perspectives of other cultures so students learn skills such as compassion and empathy, and to encourage them to study or travel abroad. Most of her students earn the district’s Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation.