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Citadel News Service
11 Oct 2005

West Ashley teacher named Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year

Celina P. Anthony of West Ashley High School today was named the 2005 Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year by The Citadel's Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Celina P. Anthony of West Ashley High School was named 2005 Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year by The Citadel's Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi. Mark P. Del Mastro, professor of Spanish and founder and director of the awards program, presented the award.

Anthony, a native of Peru, was among three finalists for the award, which was presented for the second consecutive year to recognize outstanding Spanish teachers in K-12 schools in Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties.

The selection committee chose Anthony for her impressive and diverse teaching accomplishments in and outside of her school as well as for her outstanding role in disseminating the Hispanic language and culture in the Lowcountry, said Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, professor of Spanish and founder and director of the awards program.

Anthony has taught Spanish at West Ashley High School since 1997. In addition to sponsoring the school’s Spanish Club, she is coordinator of the West Ashley High School Multicultural Festival and has taught Spanish to adults in the West Ashley Community Education program since 2001. She is also a teacher mentor for Spanish teacher candidates from the College of Charleston. A graduate of the National University of Trujillo (Peru), she received her M.Ed. in Secondary School Administration in May 2005 from The Citadel.

Daniel Vallini, on behalf of the sponsor Harvey, Casterline and Vallini law firm, presented Anthony with a check for $300. The runners up, Ruth Agnes Cox of First Baptist Church School (also a runner up in the 2004 contest) and Keri Peterson of Trident Academy, were recognized for their achievements and received plaques during the awards reception in Mark Clark Hall at The Citadel.

For more information about the Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year program or its sister program, the South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year, visit the web site or contact the founder and director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Nomination information for the 2006 contest will be available online in mid January.

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