The Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) is awarding Norwin teacher Danielle Llerena with its Global Educator Certificate, which was given to only 17 teachers across Pennsylvania this year.
Mrs. Llerena teaches Spanish at Norwin High School and serves as Chair of the World Languages Department. The Global Educator Certificate recognizes commitment to furthering intercultural understanding and global competence in students.
In providing the award, the association cited the fact that Mrs. Llerena established a Global Scholars program at Norwin High School in the 2017-2018 school year. The Norwin Global Scholars program develops global awareness and competency and better prepares students for personal and professional success in an increasingly global society. Thirty Norwin seniors have earned the Global Scholar designation since the program began.
The association also commended Mrs. Llerena for inspiring and challenging students to become Global Scholars Graduates for at least two consecutive years. They noted Mrs. Llerena’s flexibility in adapting her instructional and learning strategies during the pandemic to guide students through the Global Scholars program process.
“With the Global Scholars Program, Norwin can expand the curiosities of students who are intrigued by other languages, cultures, and global issues that we face,” said Mrs. Llerena. “The program has run successfully only with the help of the Global Scholars Committee and the Norwin faculty, who teach students to be globally minded citizens.”
A certificate bearing her name arrived for display purposes at the High School. The certification as a PSMLA Global Educator is valid for two years, after which teachers will be eligible to again receive this designation.
Dr. Jeff Taylor, Norwin Superintendent, congratulated Mrs. Llerena on the honor.
“I have been continually impressed with Mrs. Llerena’s driving commitment to excellence in providing students with opportunities to learn more about global awareness,” said Dr. Jeff Taylor, superintendent. “Mrs. Llerena is very deserving of this award due to her uncompromising quest for providing high-quality educational opportunities for all students.”
Mrs. Llerena is in her 16th year of teaching at Norwin. She teaches Spanish 1 and Honors Spanish 4 at Norwin High School.