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High School Foreign Language Department earns Globe Award

Congratulations to our High School Foreign Language Department, which was recently honored with the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association’s Globe Award!

PSMLA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures from kindergarten through post-secondary education. The Globe Award recognizes Deer Lakes’ foreign language program as “one of a very elite group.”

“To me, the PSMLA Globe Award means that my World Language Department works well together, we share ideas, help each other when we need help, and look out for each other,” Spanish teacher Josh Destein said. “The award gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment personally and as a department.”

Deer Lakes’ foreign language program needed to meet strict criteria to be recognized with at least 35 percent of the student population enrolled in a foreign language class and at least 15 percent of students continuing in Spanish or French class through level 4 and above. Teachers also had to meet strict criteria to be considered for this honor.

“Our department is so honored to receive this prestigious award,” French teacher Desiree Rotondo said. “We appreciate being recognized for the many trips abroad (for over 20 years), our local world language field trips downtown which promote growth in the languages, and our engaging lessons in our classrooms. We strive to give our students so many opportunities that will help them achieve greatness in their lives."

We appreciate all of Josh Destein's, Desiree Rotondo's and Bevin Orr's hard work to achieve this high honor! #DLProud

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