NWU alumna receives national teacher of the year honor

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  • Alicia Dallman Shoemaker receives her award.
    Alicia Dallman Shoemaker receives her award.
  • Alicia Dallman Shoemaker receives her award.
    Alicia Dallman Shoemaker receives her award.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has awarded a Nebraska Wesleyan University alumna with the 2024 National Language Teacher of the Year accolade.

 Alicia Dallman Shoemaker (’09) is the district department chair, PLC leader and a world language educator with Elkhorn Public Schools in Elkhorn, Neb.

“I applaud her unwavering commitment to her students and the field of language education,” says Marty Abbot, ACTFL interim executive director. “I eagerly anticipate our collaboration as she takes on the significant responsibility of ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year during a pivotal time for the profession.”

The award helps elevate the language teaching profession at the state, regional and national levels by creating opportunities to recognize members of the profession. The teacher of the year becomes a national spokesperson for the language profession to demonstrate the critical importance of learning languages and cultures to the public.

Dallman Shoemaker holds an Education Specialist Degree and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Doane University, a Linguistics Specialty with Advanced Spanish and Novice German from Universidad de Cantabria in Spain, and a BA in Spanish and English Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

She is also the 2023 Central States Languages for All Teacher of the Year and the 2022 Nebraska International Language Association Teacher of the Year.