Brookwood educator honored

The Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT) recently announced that Jasmine Van Sluys, a Brookwood Spanish teacher, is the recipient of the prestigious Frank M. Grittner New Teacher Award.

Jasmine Van Sluys

“Established in 1998, this award recognizes the exceptional achievements of new language teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, leadership, and a strong commitment to promoting language learning and international understanding,” according to a press release prepared by the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers. 

The press release states, “The Frank M. Grittner New Teacher Award is named in honor of Frank Grittner, an advocate for high standards in language teacher preparation during his tenure as the Wisconsin State Foreign Language supervisor from 1961 to 1991. This annual award highlights the contributions made by educators in their first three years of teaching.”

It continues, “This year’s winner, Jasmine Van Sluys, a teacher at Brookwood Junior and Senior High School, has displayed remarkable dedication and skill in her role as a language teacher. With her three years of experience in the field, Jasmine has already left an indelible impact on her students, colleagues, and community. She has consistently exhibited excellence in teaching, fostering an environment that promotes language learning and nurtures international understanding.

“In addition to her professional achievements, Jasmine has demonstrated a strong commitment to service within her school, community, and state organizations. Her active involvement in cultural events, memberships, contributions, and presentations to the public showcases her dedication to promoting language education beyond the classroom.”

Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District Superintendent Travis Anderson said, “Jasmine is an outstanding teacher who is truly an excellent classroom teacher. She creates lessons that are engaging, and she has a great rapport with her students. Jasmine is very well-deserving of this recognition.”

The Frank M. Grittner New Teacher Award will be presented to Jasmine Van Sluys at the WAFLT Awards Ceremony. As part of the recognition, Van Sluys will receive an engraved plaque and an honorarium of $250.

The selection process included an assessment of teaching quality, letters of support from students, colleagues, and administrators, as well as evidence of leadership, service, and participation in regional and national organizations.

The press release states, “WAFLT congratulates Jasmine Van Sluys on her remarkable achievements and extends appreciation to all language educators who continue to inspire students and promote global understanding through language learning.”

For more information about the WAFLT and the Frank M. Grittner New Teacher Award, visit

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