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Appalachian alumna named N.C. French Teacher of the Year

By: Kesha Williams

BOONE—Laura Parker, a 2011 graduate of Appalachian State University’s Master of Arts program in romance languages, was recently named the North Carolina French Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (NC-AATF). Parker teaches French at Burns High School in Lawndale. The NC-AATF, the primary professional association for French teachers in North Carolina, seeks to represent the French language and culture in North America and to encourage the dissemination, both in the schools and in the general public, of knowledge concerning all aspects of the civilization of France and the French-speaking world. Parker’s award recognizes her outstanding teaching, her concern for the progress of all students and her ongoing contributions to the teaching profession. She is a frequent presenter at the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, the state’s professional organization for teachers of all world languages. Parker also earned undergraduate degrees from Appalachian: a B.S. in English and a B.S. in French, both in 2004.

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