Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna announced that Olivia Tate, ESL teacher at Mountain View High School, Meridian School District, and an NNU alumna (’87), was awarded the 2010 Idaho LEP (Limited English Proficient) Educator of the Year.
Luna stated that Tate works effectively and collaboratively with her fellow teachers to ensure her LEP students have every opportunity to access and succeed in the general content areas. She has helped her students become involved in school, reach graduation and go on to post-secondary education. Tate shares her expertise for her LEP students through presentations, in-service trainings focusing on culture, instructional practices, language acquisition, modification strategies and much more.
“Through these awards, we are able to recognize the great work of these educators and communities and share their success stories with others,” Superintendent Luna said. As the LEP Educator of the Year, Tate received $1,000 and her school, Mountain View High School, was granted $2,500 for being named the Secondary Program Award LEP Program of Excellence. Tate has taught for 17 years and been in her current position for seven years.
Educators around the state and the region view NNU’s education programs as the best teacher-preparation programs around. Because graduates are highly sought after by principals seeking to hire the best-prepared teachers, our annual employment rate is nearly 100% among graduates seeking teaching jobs.