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Citadel News Service
10 Oct 2006

Sigma Delta Pi chapter names top K-12 Spanish teacher

Chad Everett Allan of Bishop England High School Tuesday night was named the 2006 Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year by The Citadel's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Allan was among three finalists for the award, which was presented for the third consecutive year to recognize outstanding Spanish teachers in K-12 schools in Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston Counties.

The selection committee chose Allan for his academic leadership at Bishop England, his outstanding accomplishments in teaching and for his initiative with various academic programs related to Hispanic language and culture, said Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, professor of Spanish and founder and director of the awards program.

Since 1996, Allan has been teaching Spanish at Bishop England High School where he also serves as World Languages chairman. He is currently the school's sponsor of the Hispanic Honor Society and has served as organizer for numerous student trips to Mexico and Spain; he also was a reader for the Advanced Placement Examination for Spanish. Among his numerous recognitions, he has received two University of Notre Dame Excellence in Teaching Awards (2001 & 2004), a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship (2001) and a Summer Study Abroad Scholarship from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and the Spanish Embassy (2002). Allan is a graduate of the College of Charleston.

Daniel Vallini, on behalf of the sponsor Harvey, Casterline and Vallini law firm, presented Allan with a check for $300. The runners up, Keri Peterson of Trident Academy (also a runner up in the 2005 contest) and Eileen Hilera Shields of Academic Magnet High School were recognized for their achievements and received plaques during the awards ceremony 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, Mark P. Del Mastro. Nomination information for the 2007 contest will be available online in late January/early February.

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