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Educator named supervisor of the year

Gwinnett County Public Schools' Director of Foreign Language David Jahner was recently honored with the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Language/Pearson Supervisor of the Year Award, a national award presented to foreign language educators in an administrative role for their continuous record of excellence in foreign language education.

Jahner, a former Brookwood High German teacher, was surprised with the recognition while at the NADSFL annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

A colleague of Jahner recognized his work and dedication, calling him a leader in the profession who is respected by everyone that works with him.

"Over the years, you have worked tirelessly in Gwinnett County to build the outstanding world languages program that it is today," wrote Cathy Wilson, world languages marketing director for Pearson, the award's sponsor. "Your passion for teachers and students is evident in everything you do, including curriculum leadership and professional development. ... You are a role model and mentor; all of us who work with you are inspired and energized."

A leader with several state and national foreign language education professional organizations, Jahner is recognized for his service to the profession, as evidenced by the quality and the impact of the innovative curricular and instructional programs he directs for GCPS and the number of accolades he has collected through his professional career.

A former State German Teacher of the Year, Jahner joined GCPS in 1992 as a German teacher at Brookwood High, serving as its foreign language department chair before becoming the school district's director of foreign language in 1999. He holds a master's degree in second languages and cultures education from the University of Minnesota and educational leadership certification from the University of Georgia.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com Monday.