World Language Instructional Supervisor and Spanish Teacher
Gunn High School, Palo Alto, CA
Liz Matchett teaches Spanish and is the World Language Instructional Supervisor, with a department of 14 supportive colleagues who teach five languages. Her work exemplifies her certainty that all students can learn languages, world languages are part of the core curriculum, and every language matters. She spent part of her mid-career directing the Stanford World Language Program. This, coupled with her achievement of National Board Certification, solidified her belief that strong and continuous professional development is one of the keys to keeping teachers engaged and dedicated to the profession. Additionally, she works as a Cooperating Teacher for the Stanford Teacher Education Program because she believes that practicing teachers have the duty to support their emerging and new colleagues in order to ensure a dynamic and energetic cadre of educators who are prepared to nurture the next generation of global citizens.