Byrd Named Kentucky World Language Association Teacher of the Year

By Victus V. McDaniel II

Brenna Reinhart Byrd, assistant professor of German studies at the University of Kentucky, has been awarded the Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) Teacher of the Year Award. She will represent Kentucky at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) in Orlando, Florida.
If Byrd is chosen as the conference teacher of the year, she would represent the southern region at the national conference of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conference next fall in Nashville.
Byrd has over 15 years of education and teaching experience in the German language. She received her bachelor’s degree in German and a minor in linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Germanic linguistics from University of California, Los Angeles, before accepting a position at UK in 2014.
The Kentucky World Language Association, as KCTFL, was founded in 1974. It is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all world languages at all levels of instruction through providing the latest and the best in professional development for its many members of world language teachers and professionals. Each year the organization recognizes through their awards program individual teachers, administrators, professionals, businesses or other organizations that have made significant contributions to the profession of world language education. For more information, visit
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