Jillian Lykens, Pine Creek's 2019 Educator of the Year, is no stranger to excellence! In the fall of 2018 she received the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award and her presentation at the state foreign language conference in April of 2018 titled, "Language Grows When You're Having Fun! Engaging Your Students Through Performance Assessments," was recognized as the Best of Colorado.
Jillian is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, completing both her Bachelor's degree in Secondary English and German Education and her Master's Degree in Teaching World Languages there. She also spent a year studying at the Universität Heidelberg in Germany, focusing on German as a Foreign Language and Literature.
Teaching German levels 1 through AP at Pine Creek, Jillian's understanding of interculturality as being essential for language growth, craft for student-centered instruction, and passion for German tradition, food, and culture have led her students to love being in her classroom and excel at all levels. In addition to designing high quality language learning opportunities for her students, Jillian is also an invaluable resource for educators at Pine Creek. According to a colleague, "She is an instructional leader for the World Language department and her expertise has helped the department to grow in collaboration, instructional practices, and assessment."
Please join us in honoring Jillian Lykens, an educator with an infectious passion for student success, excellence in world language instruction, and life-long learning.
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