Citadel names Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year
The Citadel Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004 named Maria Palma of Archibald Rutledge Academy the Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year.
Palma, a native of Venezuela, was selected from among three finalists for the award, which was given out for the first time this year to recognize outstanding Spanish teachers in schools in Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties.
The selection committee chose Palma for her many teaching accomplishments in and outside of her school, said Mark Del Mastro, associate professor of Spanish and co-director of the awards program.
Palma has taught Spanish at Archibald Rutledge Academy in McClellanville since 2001. In addition to writing a new curriculum for all Spanish levels at Archibald, she developed a Spanish language-reading program for lower school students. She has also taught continuing education Spanish courses (Spanish for Health Care Professionals and Conversational Spanish), in addition to implementing a volunteer translation service at her school. She has an undergraduate degree from the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador.
Co-sponsor Office Depot presented Palma with a merchandise card worth $300. The runners up, Ruth Agnes Cox of First Baptist Church School and Lieu Ha Stoddart of Goose Creek High School were recognized for their achievements and received plaques during the awards reception in Mark Clark Hall.