Faculty Focus: Dr. Sylvia Simard-Newman

Dr. Sylvia Simard-NewmanFélicitations to Dr. Sylvia Simard-Newman, upper school French teacher and director of international programs, on winning the 2013 American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award at the Secondary Level. Dr. Simard-Newman is the only high school teacher in the United States to receive this distinction for 2013, and the award represents national recognition for Dr. Simard-Newman and Cannon School’s French program.

This award, given by the AATF, recognizes highly successful French teachers who also participate in conferences, are leaders in the foreign language field, and serve in their professional organizations. The selection committee was impressed with Dr. Simard-Newman’s work as a French teacher as well as her extensive experience and high level of commitment to the profession.

“Teachers are in a position of great positive influence over young minds,” explains Simard-Newman. “Not only do we teach French, but we open the world to students. We teach them tolerance, diversity, globalization, and self-confidence in traveling the world. I am most proud of my students graduating from Cannon School and traveling to a foreign country with the confidence of being able to speak the language.”

As a recipient of this award, Dr. Simard-Newman will be honored at the Awards Banquet at the AATF conference in Providence on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Congratulations to Dr. Simard-Newman, her students, and Cannon for winning this most prestigious award!