BOONE, N.C. — Carmen Scoggins '94 '98, adjunct Spanish and foreign language methodology instructor in the Appalachian State University Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) and Spanish teacher at Watauga High School, is the recipient of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT)'s 2023 Founder's Award. The award recognizes a SCOLT member who has made significant contributions to SCOLT and exemplifies the spirit and ideals of the organization.
"I am beyond honored to be recognized by an organization that feels like family to me. SCOLT put me on the path to long-lasting leadership possibilities and I will be forever grateful to the current SCOLT board and to the SCOLT founders for those life-changing experiences and friendships," said Scoggins. "I am also thankful to Appalachian State University and Watauga County Schools for supporting me and my passion of giving back to the profession. I have been blessed and I am humbled by this honor."
Scoggins, the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences' 2017-18 Outstanding Alumni Award, earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Spanish Education from App State and was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow from 1990-94. In 2010, Scoggins became a National Board Certified Teacher. She has taught in Watauga County for nearly three decades.
In addition to SCOLT, Scoggins is an active member of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC). Scoggins has been named the Teacher of the Year by both FLANC (2007) and SCOLT (2008) and has served as a past president of both organizations.
Scoggins has received several national awards to recognize her contributions to foreign language education. ACTFL and the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) presented her with the Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology in 2015. In 2020, Scoggins was awarded the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (K-12).
"Carmen is a shining example of who LLC students are and what they achieve. She is an amazing, highly-engaged educator whose commitment to her students and their learning comes across in everything she does. We are very fortunate that Carmen has continued to be involved in the department as an instructor who shares her professional knowledge with our current students, and as a role model to whom students can look as they begin their own careers." - Dr. Paul Worley, department chair and professor in the Department of LLC
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Appalachian State University is home to 17 academic departments, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. CAS aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. More than 6,400 student majors are enrolled in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing App State’s general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers courses that enhance students’ understanding of other cultures and languages as well as their own, making them prepared for lifelong learning in a multicultural world. Learn more at https://dllc.appstate.edu.
About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian State University offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls more than 2,000 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina. Learn more at https://rcoe.appstate.edu.
By Lauren Andersen and Rebekah Saylors
March 29, 2023