Israel F. Herrera named 2014 Indiana Latino Educator of the Year and receives 2014 FACET award for excellence in teaching and learning

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Indiana Latino Expo has named Israel F. Herrera the 2014 Indiana Latino Educator of the Year. The award will be presented by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard at the Indiana Latino Expo on May 3.

The recognition was awarded for Herrera's service to education as advocacy chair in the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association, his work as vice-president and president of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Indiana Chapter, among many accomplishments.

As president of the City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, Herrera created the Outstanding Latino High School Student Award and the Latino Advocate Award. A lecturer in the IU Bloomington Department of Spanish and Portuguese, he is the first Latino faculty member from IU Bloomington to receive this state award that recognizes dedication and service to the teaching profession.

Herrera was selected as one of the three IU Bloomington faculty to receive a 2014 Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) award. He is the first Hispanic lecturer at IU to be honored with this award in 25 years. FACET is a community of distinguished faculty dedicated to and recognized for excellence in teaching and learning. FACET advocates pedagogical innovation, inspires growth and reflection, cultivates the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and fosters personal renewal in the commitment to student learning. For more information on FACET, visit:

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