State Supervisor of the Year
Dr. Lisa A. Harris, Specialist for Foreign Languages and International Education with the Virginia Department of Education, was named the 2015 State Supervisor of the Year at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) in San Diego, California, on November 18, 2015.
Dr. Harris serves her profession through active engagement in numerous organizations and committees, often taking on a leadership role. She currently serves as the NCSSFL treasurer and is a member of the advisory board for the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project. Past leadership positions have included treasurer of Virginia Foreign Language Supervisors Association (VFLSA), committee chairperson of the ACTFL Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology with IALLT K-12, and secretary of NCSSFL.
Lisa Harris has strived tirelessly to provide educators with timely and relevant professional development and other vital support. She continually reaches out to the many teachers in small, rural districts without a dedicated world language supervisor. Dr. Harris also has written grant proposals to offer ACTFL Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) to teachers throughout her state. Her “untiring support of early language learning, less-commonly taught languages, and the importance of language learning in general is palpable.”
In addition to supporting K-12 educators, Dr. Harris is well known to the university community in her state where she is thought of as “one of the most dedicated language educators” because she “is always available to serve.” Whether she is delivering professional development, speaking to preservice teachers, or simply offering her expertise, she is described by her colleagues as “knowledgeable, articulate, confident, organized, and professional.”