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Pinkerton teacher honored as foreign language educator of the year

Union Leader Correspondent

December 14. 2017 12:57AM
Judell Schlachter, third from left, was named the New Hampshire Association of World Languages Teacher of the Year. The German teacher stands with Pinkerton Academy Headmaster Griffin Morse, Dean of Academics Derek Lee and Dean of Faculty Bev Lannan at the academy's Foreign Language Department celebration for Schlachter last week. (COURTESY)

DERRY — A Pinkerton Academy German teacher has been named New Hampshire Association of World Languages 2017 Teacher of the Year.

Judell Schlachter was honored for her creative and innovative teaching style, according to the group.

Schlachter was recognized for being constantly active in her profession, improving her own language skills while teaching others, and being a role model for all world language teachers in the state, said Janis Hennessey, president of the New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers.

“The NHAWLT Board of Directors was proud to vote Judell Schlachter the 2017 World Language Teacher of the Year because she has all the above attributes,” she said.

While most high schools no longer teach German, if they ever did, Pinkerton Academy is an exception, according to Headmaster Griffin Morse, which he credits to the “Pied-Piper effect” of teachers like Schlachter.

“We are fortunate to have a thriving program, foreign travel to Germany and Austria, and a pipeline of excited students wanting to master German because of our current students of Judell and her colleague Ed Viatones,” Morse said.

“Their passion for the language and cultures make an enormous difference,” he said.

“Judell has long deserved this recognition and we are proud that her engaging style has been discovered.”

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