Sarah Loyola, an Upper School Spanish teacher at Providence Day School, was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as part of its annual Teachers of the Future program.
The 2014-15 NAIS Teachers of the Future were selected from a large pool of nominees who exemplify creativity and innovation in the classroom, inspire academic excellence in students and who serve as opinion leaders among their colleagues and peers.
As one of only 35 teachers nationwide chosen for the program, Loyola will participate in a variety of initiatives that will strengthen learning and teaching at independent schools as well as grow their leadership capacities.
Loyola has taught middle, high school and university courses in Spanish for nearly 14 years. She received a bachelor's in International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master's in Romance Languages from UNC-Greensboro.
At PDS, Loyola serves as Spanish Team Leader as well as a technology mentor, which allows her to help and encourage colleagues to use technology to meet their individual teaching goals.
She teaches a paperless course that is a hybrid of language learning and exploring new technologies titled "Spanish through Technology and Social Media." Each student utilizes an iPad, which they use to further their knowledge of Spanish through project-based learning. This class was named one of the "5 Classes Most Likely to Pique Student Interest" by South Park Magazine in Charlotte.
Her goal is to marry learning Spanish with the use of authentic materials easily found online in an attempt to better relate to students. She refuses to use textbooks to meet her pedagogical goals and enjoys showing her colleagues at PDS and beyond how this is possible.
She has had articles published on Edutopia and Edudemic and in EDTech magazine. In 2013, she presented "Marrying Technology and World Language" at the iPad Summit in Boston, and this spring was named the North Carolina Technology in Education's Society's "Outstanding Teacher" for 2014.
"Teachers nurture our children's growth and development," said NAIS President John Chubb. "These exceptional Teachers of the Future are not only preparing children to succeed in life; they are moving the profession forward by modeling innovative practices and leadership among their peers."