WAFLT 2020 Recognition of Merit Award

WAFLT 2020 Recognition of Merit Award Given to Nathan Hale High School’s Theresa d'Haeze
Posted on 11/11/2020
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This year, the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT) 2020 Recognition of Merit Award has been given to Nathan Hale High School teacher, Theresa D'Haeze.  The Recognition of Merit is presented to individuals who demonstrate excellence in teaching or who have made significant contributions to the language teaching profession.  D’Haeze teaches French and mathematics and has been with the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District for 18 years. 


“I have worked with Theresa for the past 18 years.  She is a trusted colleague and has served as our department chair.  We have worked together on curriculum; creating summative and formative assessments and exceptional lessons for students in World Language classes.” said Spanish teacher, Bridget Geboy-Helfenstein. “I nominated Mrs. D’Haeze for the WAFLT award because she is a teacher who motivates students by connecting with them in French class and in homeroom.  She makes an impact by encouraging students to succeed in class and in life.  Mrs. D’Haeze dedicates countless hours to working with students that need more support to be successful. Her work enables students to continue their study of the language.”

D’Haeze is known for demonstrating creativity in developing lessons which allow for students to share their talents that they might not otherwise have the chance to do. She uses technology to her advantage through her website where she shares daily learning targets, agendas, notes and materials.   

“Mrs. D’Haeze has always tried to adapt and improve her lessons over the years.  Oftentimes she places students in differentiated groups in order to challenge them to work toward a goal of creating an oral or written formative relevant to their needs.  She has worked hard to improve the entire World Language program by sharing ideas and materials with all of us. I know that her desire to help all students has influenced my ability to inspire and move students along the continuum of language study as well,” said Geboy-Helfenstein.

"I am very thankful to Mrs. Geboy-Helfenstein for nominating me.  It's an honor.  I am proud to be a World Language teacher and work with students -- my work helps open doors to new places for them - understanding a new language and culture is especially important in our world today,” said D’Haeze.

“We are very fortunate to have Mrs. D’Haeze on staff.  She is an asset to our school and World Language department,” adds Principal Mattew Lesar.


 WAFLT has been serving Wisconsin teachers since 1913 and is one of the largest state language associations in the country. Over 1,700 teachers from Wisconsin and its neighboring states attended the annual conference in Appleton.  Its mission is to promote, strengthen and facilitate the teaching of life-long learning of world languages and cultures in schools and communities to meet the needs of our increasingly interdependent world. 


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