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AACC Spanish Instructor Named State Teacher of the Year

March 30, 2012

      Jodie Stugard-Hogan of Riva, who teaches Spanish part-time at Anne Arundel Community College, was named the Maryland Foreign Language Association Teacher of the Year and will compete in April for the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s regional honor.

      The MFLA developed the annual award to honor the field of language teaching and to promote the status of the profession. Stugard-Hogan, whose full-time position is teaching Spanish at South River High School, was nominated by AACC’s World Languages department, one of her former AACC students and both the principal and languages department chair at South River. She was selected MFLA Teacher of the Year in October 2011.

      One of the techniques Stugard-Hogan incorporates into her teaching that sets her apart is her use of both music and kinesthetic activities with her students to help them remember grammar, verb conjugations or idiomatic phrases. A former staff sergeant with the U.S. Army National Guard, she creates songs to the rhythm of military cadences, which are easy for students to recall. She also did research in kinesiology and then developed her own activities and "brain breaks" to keep students actively engaged while they learn.

      In her personal statement, Stugard-Hogan said the passion she brings to her classrooms stems from firsthand experience traveling to other countries where she tries to immerse herself in their language, customs, culture and traditions. While she has been to Ireland and Germany, her main focus has been Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

      "The lessons are endless and I grow with each experience whether it is pleasant or puzzling," she wrote.

      Stugard-Hogan earned a Masters Interuniversitario from the University of Salamanca, Spain; a Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication from University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master of Arts in Education from Gratz College. In addition to her academic work, she has leadership roles in clubs and administration at South River High and participates in many community service projects.

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