Laura Roché, a French teacher at Beaumont Middle School (Fayette County) is the 2015 recipient of the Kentucky World Language Association Outstanding Teacher Award. She received the award Sept. 26 at the KWLA annual conference in Louisville.

Roché is in her 24th year of teaching French. She has spent the past six years at Beaumont Middle after having taught at Scott High School (Kenton County) and Anderson County High School. She is passionate about proficiency-based teaching and providing her students engaging opportunities to use and expand their French.

Also recognized were three other candidates representing Kentucky Chapters of professional language organizations:

  • Stayc DuBravac, University of Kentucky, Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher
  • Jennifer Larson, Daviess County High School, Outstanding Spanish Teacher
  • Melissa Willing, Garden Springs Elementary School (Fayette County), Outstanding National Network for Early Language Learning Teacher

Roché received the Outstanding French Teacher award. She will represent Kentucky world language teachers at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) in February in Charlotte, N.C., where she will be eligible for the SCOLT Teacher of the Year award.

Four others also received awards from the KWLA:

  • Julie Clark, Outstanding Administrator
  • Terri Coke, Lifetime Achievement
  • Katherine Diaz, Outstanding New Teacher
  • Valerie Hendley, Amici Linguarum