to our 2019 Award Winners!
AATSP Secondary Teacher of the Year
AATSP-GA Secondary Teacher of the Year
Greenbrier High School
Mrs. Christy Presgrove, a Spanish teacher at Greenbrier High School is
recognized as the 2019 K-12 Teacher of the Year - High School Level by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of
Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and will be honored as the national teacher of the year at the secondary level on July
10 in San Diego at the AATSP National Conference. This honor is given to an outstanding teacher of Spanish. Christy started
her career in an inner city school and then transferred to Greenbrier High School, where she has taught for 20 years.
Christy has taught all levels of Spanish classes including AP Spanish Language
and Culture with passion and dedication. As one of her former teachers and later colleague stated "Christy is known at
Greenbrier for her professionalism, her enthusiastic and creative work in her classroom, her rapport with her students and
for her collegial and collaborative teamwork in her department".
Through her active membership in the FLAIR steering committee for numerous years, Christy has organized professional
development for local school teachers. As a member of the executive board of AATSP-GA for numerous years, Christy has held
a number of positions including secretary, president-elect, president, immediate past president, state coordinator for Sociedad
Honoraria Hispánica, and currently director of the immersion camp.
AATSP Elementary Teacher of the Year
Elementary Teacher of the Year
Sonia Puerta Quinn
Episcopal Day School
Mrs. Sonia Puerta-Quinn, a Spanish teacher at Episcopal Day School, is
recognized as the 2019 K-12 Teacher of the Year - Elementary School Level by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association
of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The honor is given to an outstanding teacher of Spanish. Sonia has taught at Episcopal
Day School since 2007 and currently serves as the Spanish Department Coordinator.
Sonia's teaching career began in 2002 at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School and later taught Spanish at Warren
County High School for one year. Throughout her teaching trajectory, Sonia has demonstrated her passion and dedication for
the profession, especially working with young kids. As one of her former professors stated, "Sonia especially enjoys
teaching the younger children, and she provides them with extra-curricular activities where they can use their Spanish. Sonia's
students have performed songs, dances and skits at the International Day and the Day of the Language Celebration".
Sonia has also been active professionally outside the classroom as a member
of the FLAIR steering committee and the executive board of AATSP-GA for numerous years. In addition, Sonia is an avid volunteer
in the Hispanic community serving as a board member for ALAS, a medical association that provides free medical services to
the Hispanic community.
AATSP-GA University Student of the Year
Recent Augusta University graduate, Tara Watts, been chosen by
AATSP GA as the 2019 University Student of the Year. AU professor, Dr. Jana Sandarg, provided an enthusiastic letter of nomination
that clearly delineates Tara’s impressive accomplishments in her university Spanish classes as well as her active role
in using Spanish in community outreach. In addition, Paula Owens, AU’s Academic Success Coordinator, shared Tara’s
outstanding work with peer tutoring in the university’s Academic Success Center. We are especially excited that Tara
is interested in pursuing a teaching career. She recently gave a scholarly presentation entitled “The Proficiency-based
Classroom: Building on the Standards” indicating that Tara has a keen vision for meaningful language education as well
as a desire to share and contribute professionally.
to Tara. Our chapter applauds her for her interest in and enthusiasm for the Spanish language and using language as a tool
to better our world!