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South Forsyth High School German teacher honored with national award
Jonas Strecker
Jonas Strecker

South Forsyth High School German teacher Jonas Strecker has been selected for the 2019 AATG Outstanding German Educator Award, Forsyth County school system, officials say. 

The AATG Outstanding German Educator Award recognizes excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the German teaching profession. It is awarded yearly to primary, secondary and post-secondary educators. 

On Friday, Strecker told the Forsyth County News that the emotions he’s been feeling about receiving the award has been hard to put into words. 

“It’s a mixture of immense pride and deep humility,” he said. “The list of previous recipients includes true legends in my field, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with. It’s an incredible honor to be mentioned with them in the same breath.”

While considering his success in the education field, Strecker said that he owed a debt of gratitude to his fellow teachers and students, stating that without them, he couldn’t have won the award. 

“Every one of them deserves this award just as much as I do,” he said. “The only explanation I had for why I won and not one of the many outstanding teachers in our county was that I’ve had a number of truly exceptional students who would have made almost any teacher look great, so I’m sharing this award with all of those kids who will or already have gone on to make a difference in society.”

Strecker has been a German educator since 1997. He taught at the college level for 17 years, and in 2014 he started teaching at South Forsyth High School. In 2018, he was selected as the Forsyth County Teacher of the Year.

In November, Strecker will be honored for his award during the AATG Awards Presentation at the ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo in Washington, D.C.