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Parrill Named North Dakota Foreign Language Teacher of the Year

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

August 29, 2019

Parrill Named North Dakota Foreign Language Teacher of the Year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Emily Parrill, a Spanish teacher at Red River High School, has been named the 2019 Graciela Wilborn North Dakota Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. The award, which is given by the Foreign Language Association of North Dakota (FLAND), recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of foreign language teaching in the state of North Dakota.

In their letters of recommendation, colleagues shared Parrill's commitment to research-based learner-centered curricula, her professional leadership, and her passion for engaging with and caring about her students. Students described her willingness to listen and availability to those who need help, her patience and warmth, and her ability to challenge students while making class fun.

Parrill has taught at Red River since 2013. She currently teaches Spanish II, III, and IV, is the Department Chair of Foreign Languages, and the Renaissance Club advisor.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish in 2005 and a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2012, both from the University of North Dakota.

Parrill was recognized at FLAND’s 2019 Summer Conference on July 30 in Dickinson. Also attending the FLAND conference were Grand Forks Central teachers Katie Bolstad, Pam Fisher, and Sindy Larson, and Red River High School teachers Erika Feole and Kristine Middleton.

FLAND is an organization that supports the study and teaching of foreign languages. It was formed in 1968. FLAND’s Teacher of the Year award is named for Graciela Wilborn, a longtime Spanish teacher at UND, humanitarian, mentor, and champion of foreign language learning.