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Citadel News Service
17 Nov 2006

Hispanic Honor Society honors West Ashley High teacher

Celina P. Anthony of West Ashley High School was named the 2006 South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year by The Citadel's Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Anthony was among three finalists for the award, which was presented Thursdsay, Nov. 16, for the second consecutive year to recognize outstanding Spanish teachers in the state’s K-12 schools.

Anthony was chosen because of her impressive and diverse teaching accomplishments in and outside of her school and for her outstanding role in disseminating the Hispanic language and culture in South Carolina, said Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, professor of Spanish and founder and director of the awards program. Nominees were judged on innovation in teaching, initiative in Spanish curriculum development and extra-curricular activities related to teaching and professional development.

Daniel Vallini, on behalf of the sponsor Harvey, Casterline and Vallini law firm, and Bobby Armes, on behalf of Stewart Title Guaranty Co., each presented the winner with checks totaling $1,000. Anthony also received a $150 gift certificate for the Grill 225 restaurant in downtown Charleston ($75 courtesy of Grill 225; $75 courtesy of The Citadel's Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi). The runners up, Chad Everett Allan (2006 Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year) of Bishop England High School and Eileen Hilera Shields (runner up, 2006 Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year) of Academic Magnet High School, were recognized for their achievements and received plaques during the awards ceremony in Mark Clark Hall at The Citadel. All three finalists received a one-night stay for two and breakfast the morning following the ceremony courtesy of the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston.

Anthony, a native of Peru, 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 mentor for Spanish teacher candidates from the College of Charleston, Vice President of the Hispanic Society of Charleston and a reporter for the state's Latino newspaper. In 2005 she was crowned the Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. A graduate of the National University of Trujillo (Peru), she received her M.Ed. in Secondary School Administration in May 2005 from The Citadel.

For more information about the South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year program, visit the web site or email Del Mastro. Nomination information for the 2007 contest will be available online in late January/early February.

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