Gregory Fulkerson
2018 State Supervisor of the Year

Dr. Gregory Fulkerson, Director of Language Acquisition, overseeing World Languages and Dual Language Immersion at the Delaware Department of Education, has been named the 2018 State Supervisor of the Year by the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) in New Orleans, on November 14, 2018.

Dr. Fulkerson has served as the president of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL) and the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and has presented numerous times nationally and internationally on Delaware’s advances toward providing a proficiency-focused world language learning experience for all of Delaware’s learners.

The Vice President of the Delaware Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (DeCTFL), who nominated Dr. Fulkerson for the Supervisor of the Year Award, shares “Since Dr. Fulkerson came to the Delaware Department of Education in 2007, he has revolutionized world language learning in Delaware. As the architect of the Governor’s World Language Expansion Initiative of 2011, a multi-year initiative aimed at graduating globally-competitive students with advanced-level proficiency in languages, Dr. Fulkerson envisioned a new landscape for languages in Delaware and set ambitious goals that required redesigning major statewide systems. These new systems call for everyone in the state—from legislators to district and school administrators, world language teachers to parents and their children—to reflect on their own beliefs about language learning and the broader purpose of learning languages as a critical 21st century career and workplace skill. The goals that Dr. Fulkerson established in the initiative create long sequences of high-quality, proficiency-focused world language learning experiences for all Delaware students, K-12.”

Before joining the Delaware Department of Education, Dr. Fulkerson also served as the district specialist for world languages in the Jefferson County (KY) Public Schools and the Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools, and a middle and high school teacher of French in the Boone County (KY) Public Schools.