The Executive Council of the Pennsylvania State Modern Languages Association (PSMLA) selected Silvina Orsatti, part-time instructor of Spanish at Pitt-Greensburg, to receive its 2014 PSMLA Educator of the Year Award. The award recognizes individuals for their distinguished teaching and professional contributions in World Languages and Cultures. She will receive the award on October 17 during the PSMLA Fall Conference.
Orsatti, who teaches three sessions of Elementary Spanish at Pitt-Greensburg, is a candidate for a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Technology from Boise State University and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a degree in Engineering (electronics with an emphasis in control systems) from the Universidad Nacional de San Juan).
She combines her interest in technology and education as an independent technology integration consultant and develops presentations that assist fellow educators in incorporating technology into their world language classrooms. Most recently, she has focused on digital storytelling, presenting at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL), the PSMLA, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conferences. She also presented sessions on the use of the iPad and mobile apps for interactive activities and digital storytelling for Pitt-Greensburg’s Community for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT).
Orsatti’s past experience includes teaching various levels of Spanish classes at The Kiski School and English as a Foreign Language at public and private schools in Argentina. In the corporate world, she worked for Middlebury Interactive Languages and Pearson School as a world languages curriculum specialist.
In addition to the PSMLA, she is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, where she serves on the Executive Board of Directors, and the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
Orsatti was awarded the 2011-2012 NECTFL Sans Inc./Mead Leadership Fellows Award in 2011 and won the “We Collaborate for Good” prize for her project “Closing the Technology Gap in World Language Teaching” in 2011.
She and her husband Mark have one son, Lucas.