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Poly Teacher Wins State Language Award

Poly High School Teacher Susan Watson has earned the 2023 Teacher of the Year Award from the California Language Teachers’ Association (CLTA).

Watson, who has taught Japanese at Poly for the past 13 years, was selected from among many world language educators due to her classroom excellence, service to the profession and academic and pedagogical knowledge.

Poly’s Japanese program is the largest Japanese program in the contiguous 48 states, educating more than 500 students each year. 

“I was totally shocked,” Watson told the Long Beach Post. “I don’t think of myself as an extraordinary teacher. I’m just one of the great teachers we have at Poly and in the LBUSD. It’s kind of weird to get these accolades.”

Watson will be honored in March at the 2023 CTLA Conference where she will also be a featured speaker. 

She will also represent the state of California at the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching, where she will submit a portfolio of her achievements and be interviewed by a panel of judges. If selected, Waton will advance to the national Teacher of Year competition sponsored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Watson’s Teacher of the Year Award is one of the many accolades she has earned in the past. In 2016, Watson earned the CLTA Outstanding Teacher Award and was named the 2016-17 L.A. County Teacher of the Year. She has also served as a president and board member of CLTA for more than a decade.

Read more about Watson’s impressive accomplishments at

Susan Watson