NIAF Sponsors Teacher of the Year Award


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

(WASHINGTON, DC – June 16, 2005) For the third year, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will honor a teacher at the elementary or secondary level for excellence in the teaching of Italian language and culture with the NIAF Teacher of the Year Award. The winner will be announced in September 2005 and recognized at the NIAF education luncheon held in conjunction with the Foundation’s annual gala and convention weekend on October 14, 2005. Application post-mark deadline: June 24, 2005.

The award recipient will receive a continuing education stipend for study in Italy, at either the University of Siena or the University of Perugia in a specialized course designed for teachers of the Italian language for foreigners, “Corso di Aggiornamento per Insegnanti All’Estero” (Refresher Course for Foreign Teachers) during the summer of 2006. Expenses paid will include: transportation between the US and Italy; tuition; course fees; accommodations; and a daily food stipend at the University cafeteria.

An award committee of professionals will select the NIAF Teacher of the Year. All nominees will be notified in early September. For information regarding eligibility requirements, application procedures, and a printable application, visit To request an application form, write to NIAF Teacher of the Year Award, 1860 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Learn more about our programs and events by visiting