Kim Lackey, a Spanish teacher at Eureka High School, was named the Missouri Distinguished Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by the Foreign Language Association of Missouri.
Each year, this award is presented to one outstanding foreign language teacher in the state. As a recipient of this award, Lackey will compete for the Teacher of the Year title awarded at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language.
Lackey has taught 13 of her 14 year education career at Eureka High School, according to Rockwood School District sources. In 2003, she achieved the profession’s top teaching honor, National Board Certification, and in spring of 2012 she applied for recertification under this program. She also serves as a Candidate Support Provider, helping other educators as they pursue their National Board Certification.
Jeff Tamaroff, world language content facilitator, described Lackey as an outstanding educator who is committed to improving language instruction and assessment. “Kim’s dedication to her students inside and outside of school is an example to her fellow educators,” said Tamaroff in a Rockwood announcement about Lackey's accomplishment. “Her love of the Spanish language and culture is infectious, and we are excited for her to be recognized for her contributions to foreign language learning.”
Lackey often shares her experiences and knowledge regarding ways to enhance foreign language education at professional conferences.
On Oct. 19-20, she will receive the Distinguished Missouri Foreign Language Teacher of the Year award at the Foreign Language Association of Missouri’s 34th annual conference.