Grant Boulanger, a 1993 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School and a Spanish teacher at Skyview Middle School in the North Saint Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale District (ISD 622), was recently selected as the recipient of the 2015 Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year Award from the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC).
This is one of the organization’s highest awards and recognizes outstanding all-around work in the field of world languages and cultures education. Boulanger will be recognized at MCTLC’s annual conference in October. The award represents the first step toward the National Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Numerous colleagues, parents, and students submitted letters of support on his behalf. Patty Phillips, former Superintendent of ISD 622, wrote, “Grant Boulanger lights up students’ minds and faces. It’s such a professional treat to observe him teaching, and I always leave his classroom feeling I’ve been to a very special place, a place where students are having so much fun they don’t realize they’re learning, as well as a place where doors are opened that will change the trajectory of their lives.”
Kay Edberg, MCTLC’s President, had this to say about Boulanger, “Grant embodies best practices in world language teaching; he believes all students can be successful language learners, he engages his students and pushes them to be the best they can be in the classroom. He is a truly deserving recipient of this award.”