Sara Brightwell | Staff Writer
Cathy Gamble, German language teacher at La Cueva. Or Frau Gamble, as her students call her. She was recently awarded The German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award. There are different awards that are given throughout the country for German teachers. This one is for German teachers who started a program or who have revised a program.
When Ms. Gamble first started here at La Cueva, there were about 60 people registered for German classes. Now there are 120 students learning German, traveling to Germany, hosting German kids.
The award committee asked Ms. Gamble for letters of recommendation from students and parents. Those people were 12th grade principal Mr. Rimer, evaluators from the University of New Mexico, her professor from UNM and a parent of a student in the program here at La Cueva. They then assembled a whole packet for her to fill out, which consisted of all the work she has done, what she has been supporting and questions she had to answer.
Ms. Gamble is one of three teachers in the country who received this award. Recently, Gamble would have traveled to Boston to receive her award. However, an important family event happened at the same time, and she received her certificate of recognition by mail instead. The silver lining, she still has a two-week trip to Germany sponsored by the Goethe-Institute. They will do professional development courses along with three different seminars. She can do one in Freiburg, Hamburg and another one in Munich. They will pick the seminars she can go to.
Good job Frau Gamble!