JTHS Curriculum Director Alberto Filipponi has been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ICTFL) for 2014-2015 school year.
Filipponi is the District Curriculum Director for the Social Science & World Languages and ESL/Bilingual Program Director. Nominated in “Category V” for individuals who have influenced and shaped public policy in favor of foreign language learning in Illinois.
Joliet West French teacher, Jo Anne Bratkovich, nominated Filipponi and worked several teachers from both Joliet campuses to submit recommendation letters. “I nominated Al for this award because he certainly fits the qualifications,” Bratkovich said. “He is an avocation for second language learning in our district and works tirelessly to improve course offerings for all of our students to become proficient in a second language.”
The Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages purpose is to improve the study and teaching of modern and classical languages and their literatures and cultures at all levels of instruction. They provide a framework for statewide foreign language organizations to cooperate in improving the quality of learning and teaching. The ICTFL encourages excellence in education through public recognition of outstanding programs and individuals. Filipponi has been selected to receive the Distinguished Service to Foreign Language Learning Award for his contributions to language learning in Illinois. The awards luncheon will be held October 24 at the ICTFL Annual Fall Conference in Tinley Park.