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Wang receives national Outstanding Chinese Teacher Award

Yan Wang

Yan Wang of Dixie Magnet Elementary is one of two national recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Chinese Teacher Award from the Chinese Language Association Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS), which commended her as a highly effective teacher and an excellent role model for K-12 Chinese teachers. CLASS recognized Wang during the 2019 annual convention and world languages expo sponsored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Washington, D.C. 

“Her expertise and leadership skills have made a great impact on the Chinese language programs in Fayette County both within our public schools and community opportunities,” said Laura Roché Youngworth, the school district’s world language content specialist and president of the Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA). 

Wang, who was born in Northeast China, has taught Chinese language and culture at Dixie since 2007; she also taught two years at Yates Elementary. She earned a master’s degree in Russian Language and Literacy from the Liaoning Normal University in China and a master’s in education from Northern Kentucky University. Before coming to the United States, she was a Russian associate professor at North-East University of China. She has also worked for the Lexington Chinese School as Chinese teacher, education coordinator, vice principal, and a board member for 16 years.  

Earlier this fall, the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) named Wang the state’s Early Language Learning Teacher of the Year during the 2019 KWLA conference in Lexington.

“In order to foster the global citizens, world language education should focus on developing students’ language proficiency and intercultural competence,” Wang said. “Successful relationships with friends, neighbors, and intercultural partners depend on an ability to deal with differences in a positive manner. I cannot expect all my students to continue learning Chinese once they move to middle school, but I anticipate they develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude that lead them to visible behavior and communication that are both effective and appropriate in intercultural interaction.” 

For questions about Chinese or other programs in FCPS, please visit the world languages webpage.