The Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT) has announced that Lynn Neitzel will receive the 2015 WAFLT Distinguished Educator Award, given annually to an individual of the language teaching profession who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to an organization and to the profession at the local, state, region, and national levels.
Currently a Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator at Blackhawk Technical College, Neitzel is also a Japanese Language Instructor at the Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS) through CESA 9. Previously, she worked as the World Language Curriculum Coordinator and K-5 Japanese teacher in the Menasha Joint School District, Menasha, Wisconsin, where she planned and implemented an exemplary K-12 World Language program in multiple languages.
Prior to working for BTC and WVS, she served as a special projects staff member for the Japan Forum, Tokyo, where she was a U.S. liaison for the development of supplementary curriculum materials for international publication.
A former president of WAFLT, Neitzel is still very active with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, and the National Network for Early Language Learning.
Neitzel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and French from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, a Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese from Beloit College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She recently was accepted as a doctoral student at Edgewood College in partnership with the University of Wisconsin to further her studies in Educational Leadership.