Elizabethtown, KY – Susan Carson, a foreign language teacher at John Hardin High School, has been named the Outstanding German Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German.
“Susan is remarkable teacher,” John Hardin High School principal Alvin Garrison said. “She never ceases to amaze me as to how she can reach every student and make them as passionate about foreign language and the cultures of the world as she is. Susan embraces her students and helps them to reach new heights. I am so very proud of her.”
“I was honored to even be nominated for this award,” Carson said. “I am currently in my 15th year of teaching, so its nice to get this recognition.”
She was nominated by former a Kentucky Virtual High School student, Lucas Gravitt. He now teaches German at Scott County High School.
“We are honored that Susan is a part of the Hardin County Schools family,” Superintendent Nannette Johnston said. “I’ve been in Susan’s classroom and have always admired how she engages students and gives them her very best. She is very deserving of this honor. She is a wonderful representative of our faculty and staff.”
“German is no harder than any other foreign language,” Carson noted. “A good teacher has to model it and share a lot of comprehensive input. I’ve seen students struggle in other classes and do really well in German class.”
“No day is ever the same,” she noted. “You have to keep students engaged with activities and tell them why the lesson is important. We use a lot of relevant ideas and have fun.
At the recent Kentucky World Language Association's Outstanding Teacher conference, Carson was also named the president Kentucky Chapter of Teachers of German.