Helene Zimmer-Loew has been referred to by many a teacher as their �German Mama�. Yet her service and dedication to our profession, which spans more than 50 years, extends far beyond mentoring German teachers. Helene is an active and dynamic leader who collaborates with colleagues across many languages, across the nation. Indeed the landscape of foreign language education in the United States would be very different today if it weren�t for Helene.
Throughout her career, her substantial and sustained contributions to foreign language education are unparalleled. Whether it�s her 20+ years as Executive Director of the AATG, her over 1,000 keynotes speeches and professional presentations, her role in the development of the Standards or her countless leadership and advocacy roles such as president of ACTFL and JNCL, Helene personifies excellence as a leader in our profession.
As her AATG colleagues stated, �As Florence Steiner did, Helene continues to communicate the goals of foreign language education to the public, the government, administrators, teachers, and students through her work with countless international, national, and local organizations, committees, and task forces.�
Helene has been a friend, colleague, and mentor to so many foreign language educators. She is always willing to share her time, talents and expertise. What an honor it is for us to share the Florence Steiner K-12 Award with her! Foreign Language Education, K-12.
� Jacqueline Cinotti-Dirmann
�I thank the AATG Executive Council for nominating me for the 2007 ACTFLFlorence Steiner Award, and especially my shepherd Marge Draheim. I am grateful to the AATG and its members for the opportunities the organization has provided me over the past decades of membership and in my present role.
As I review the previous winners of this award, I am honored to be included among these prestigious leaders in our field. As a Founding Member of ACTFL, I have participated actively in the association over the past 41 years in a variety of capacities and am proud to have been involved in its development.
A focus of my work has been mentoring colleagues to become professionally involved; urging others to do so is our responsibility for the sake of the future of our profession. My own teaching career began with the encouragement of my college teachers and has continued to develop because of the friendship and advice of many talented and helpful colleagues to whom I am most grateful.�
� Helene Zimmer-Loew
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