Burgess Peterson Educator Wins First Ever Georgia World Language Award


Burgess-Peterson Elementary School APS Foreign Language Teacher Asiaa Karriem, has been named the first Georgia Department of Education’s (GADOE) World Languages Educator Award winner!

Karriem was surprised during the schools morning meeting by APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen and GADOE World Languages Program Specialist Patrick Wallace.

Karriem received this award for demonstrating a commitment to world languages education and using her instruction to deepen cultural understanding. She uses techniques that engage, excite and motivate her students. The GADOE award committee expressed, ” She has such energy and enthusiasm for language instruction and exudes cultural awareness in ways that incentivize participation and performance from all students. Student proficiency in Spanish has risen as a result. In addition to being an outstanding classroom teacher, Karriem is also an excellent team player. She consistently collaborates with her colleagues at the school to create cultural explorations and transdisciplinary learning.”


Karriem also held a fundraiser to take students to a Spanish-speaking country during Spring Break. Her classroom is viewed as a model for the district, inspiring other world language teachers to visit her classroom to learn best practice and techniques for world language instruction.

We congratulate Ms. Asiaa Karriem for her historic achievement and enthusiasm as her work plays a vital role in preparing our students for college and career!


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