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Montgomery College Professor Receives National Teacher of the Year Award

Dr. Sharon A. Fechter Honored By the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Dr. Sharon Ahern Fechter, Montgomery College professor of Spanish, recently received the 2009 American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Teacher of the Year Award for the two-year college level. Dr. Fechter is chair of the World Languages and Philosophy Department at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus and has served as the world languages coordinator for the College’s three campuses since 1999. She and the other honorees from around the country received their awards at the 91st annual AATSP conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Fechter’s works have been published in the AATSP journal Hispania, and in publications by Houghton-Mifflin, Prentice Hall, SUNY Press, Random House, and Computer Science Press. She is co-author of “Paso Adelante,” the textbook for advanced beginners and the laboratory manual “¡En directo!”, and author of the online task-based activities for ¡Arriba!.

“I am honored to receive the AATSP Teacher of the Year Award for two-year colleges, but I really believe the award belongs to Montgomery College,” said Dr. Fechter. “There are very few community colleges that support development of world language curricula and actively promote the study of languages with such dedication and conviction. I am proud indeed to teach at an institution that offers instruction in no fewer than 11 languages.”

Dr. Fechter earned her Ph.D. from New York University and her M.A. and B.A. from Catholic University. She has served on the executive council of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and on the Montgomery County Public Schools Foreign Language Curriculum Advisory Committee, and is an active member of numerous professional organizations. She previously served as director of Inter-Institutional Collaboration for Project 2001 at the Center for Educational Technology at Middlebury College, a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to foster the innovative use of instructional technologies in foreign language education.

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