Hoover Teacher Honored by Iowa World Language Association

20181016 Karina

Hoover High School’s Karina Suarez Luna was named 2018 Teacher of Promise by the Iowa World Language Association.

Hoover High School Spanish teacher Karina Suarez Luna was named a 2018 Teacher of Promise by the Iowa World Language Association at the IWLA’s fall conference on the DMACC Ankeny Campus on October 13th.

The annual award identifies beginning teachers who demonstrate exceptional promise and potential to become outstanding world language educators. This is Karina’s third year of teaching, all of them at Hoover.

Karina wanted a be a teacher since she was 10 years old, when she began assisting her English teacher with pronunciation in order to help her classmates. Her classroom is her “home, where I provide a safe place for my kids to laugh, cry, learn and have fun.”

Her nominator described her as “an amazing educator who demonstrates great strength in relating to her students. Her mastery of the Spanish language and her Mexican-American heritage make her a true asset to her students.”

“I would just like to say that I am very happy and proud to have been nominated,” Karina said. “Hoover has been my second family. The students are all diverse and loving in their own way. I am just happy to be part of the community.”

And vice versa.

Congratulations, Karina!