Betty Lotterman of St. Anthony Park, who taught Spanish at Mounds View High School for 27 years, received the Emma Birkmaier Award from the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC). This award is named after Emma Birkmaier, a well-known professor of language pedagogy at the University of Minnesota.
MCTLC selects one teacher each year for this award based on his or her dedication to the profession, outstanding success in teaching languages in the classroom, and promotion of language learning over a lifetime of service.
Lotterman taught all levels of Spanish at Mounds View and served as department chair and faculty advisor to a number of school clubs. She served on the boards of the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and MCTLC.