NNELL Awards


2019 National Network for Early Language Learning

Award for Outstanding Support of Early Language Learning

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ms. Krissy Brown, Principal

Mount Rose K-8 School of Languages          Washoe County School District                              Reno Nevada

Ms. Brown is currently the Principal of the Mount Rose K-8 School of Languages, a National Blue Ribbon dual-immersion school in Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.  She  has maintained and grown her dual-immersion program by seeking community partners that understand the benefits of learning language in the primary grades.  Ms. Brown is an advocate for early language and dual language education and has attended multiple world language professional conferences throughout the United States to grow her understanding of second language acquisition. She  is also an active member of ATDLE (Association of Two-Way and Dual Language Education).  Ms. Brown implemented AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) at her school three years ago to strengthen the instruction in the dual-immersion classrooms.  Her students are now participating in college and career exploration using their target language.  Because of the rigorous instruction at her school, parents have consistently placed their children on waiting lists to get a spot in her school. She is a passionate advocate for early language learning and a role model for other dual language and early language programs.

Please click here or view below, to read her  award statement.



THE 2020 NNELL Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning


The NNELL Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning will be given to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support of early second language learning of languages other than English. Nominees may be actively involved in their efforts in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, the following: principal or other school administrator, district or state school superintendent, classroom teacher, parent, school board member, businessperson, civic leader, politician/elected representative. Nominees should be individuals whose primary job responsibilities are not related to the field of second language education.

The nomination for this award will be in the form of two letters of recommendation (a letter of recommendation and a letter of support) from individuals who can attest to the nominee’s work in the field of early language learning. The letter of nomination must come from a current NNELL member, and the letter of support should be written by another individual who is very familiar with the nominee’s work for early language learning. The letters should include documentation that clearly demonstrates evidence of the ways in which the nominee supports early language learning and that is clearly separate and distinct from the individual’s primary job responsibilities.

The nomination may also include up to five photocopied pages of supporting evidence such as copies of newspaper articles that recognize the nominee’s work for early language learning (brochures, pamphlets, etc. will not be accepted). The following are examples of criteria that can be considered in writing the letters of nomination as they apply to the nominee’s work on behalf of early language learning:

  • Demonstrates commitment to early second language learning in the school and the community, e.g., seeks ways to inform the community of the need for beginning language study early as an integral part of the school curriculum and in an uninterrupted sequence
  • Provides visibility to the second language program, e.g., seeks media and/or newspaper publicity of school foreign language events, sends newsletter with second language program updates to parents
  • Provides leadership in establishing and maintaining early second language programs at the local or state level
  • Supports and provides professional development opportunities for early second language specialists
  • Advocates for early second language programs at the local or state level, e.g., represents his or her foreign language program at local or state school board meetings
  • Serves on local or state committees for early second language learning, e.g., advocacy projects, state world/foreign language association committee or board, PTA
  • Supports exemplary ongoing second language instruction in his/her classroom, e.g., collaborates with the world language specialist on interdisciplinary projects

Three copies of the nomination packet including the two letters of nomination and up to five pages of sample supporting evidence should be emailed as one nomination submission with a postmark date of no later than June 1 to:


Past Award Winners

2018 Award Winner – Dr. Steven Garcia, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Personnel for Pelham Public Schools, New York.  Please click here to see more.

2017 Award Winner —  Rep.​ ​Peggy​ ​Mayfield, Assistant​ ​Majority​ Floor ​Leader,​ ​House​ ​of​ ​Representatives​ ​in​ ​the Indiana​ ​General​ ​Assembly. Please click here to see more.

2016 Award Winner — Dr.​ ​Renee​ ​Foose  – Superintendent,​ ​Howard​ ​County​ ​Public​ ​Schools . Please click here to see more.

Please click here to see who won our awards in the past.


NNELL Award Chair 2020-2021

Michelle Olah

2020 NNELL Awards Committee

Thank you to the 2019 Awards Committee:

Northeast Region –  Marissa Coulehan

Southeast Region – Michelle Olah

Central East Region – Kathleen Priceman

Pacific Southwest Region – Teresa Kennedy

If you would like to serve on the 2020 Awards Committee, please contact Michelle Olah presidentelect@nnell.org.