WCSD World Languages Supervisor Honored with National Award
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WCSD World Languages Supervisor
Honored with National Award
Reno, NV (December 20, 2018) – Washoe County School District (WCSD) World Languages Supervisor Ryan Smith, M.Ed. has been named Supervisor of the Year by the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Language.
Smith, who has worked for the District for 18 years, was honored for his work in supervising the foreign language departments in schools across WCSD during a conference in New Orleans.
“We are very proud of the recognition Ryan Smith has received,” said WCSD Chief Academic Officer Debra Biersdorff. “Ryan’s commitment to supporting our teachers and students of world languages and cultures is so appreciated by the leadership of WCSD. Ryan makes a positive impact each and every day for our entire community.”
“Seeing students become proficient in one or more world languages is what drives my passion and daily work,” said Smith. “The job market, both locally and nationally, needs more proficient speakers of more than one language. World languages should not be seen as an academic content area, but instead as a life skill.”
The National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages promotes excellence in foreign language education for all learners through professional development of foreign language supervisors. The organization facilitates communication and networking between language teachers across the country, promoting knowledge of trends and research, and supporting foreign language learning at all levels of education.
In 2015, Smith was honored as Nevada World Languages Teacher of the Year, and serves as the president of PLAN (Professional Language Association of Nevada). He is a world languages supervisor for WCSD, and a coordinator for the Career and Technical Education department.
“All students should have the opportunity to learn a world language at any age,” said Smith.