Ms. Willa Shultz | Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Ms. Willa Shultz

Emerita, Awarded in 2016
IMSA Tenure: 1998-2010

French Instructor, World Languages

Madame Shultz to her students, Willa to her colleagues, was a full-time World Languages French Instructor at IMSA from 1988 to 2010. She taught all levels of French, conducted independent studies, wrote curricula for the World Languages Team, served as the Humanities Curriculum and Assessment leader (1996-1999), the World Language Curriculum and Assessment Leader (1996-2002), and organized and led at least ten Intersessions to Paris. Madame Shultz became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2002, which again is testimony to her devotion to her profession and expertise. She was honored by the Illinois Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages’ award “Distinguished Service to Foreign Language Learning” in 2006.

Her desire to support young people went beyond teaching French. She was a Model UN chaperone (1996-2002), volunteered on various Residential Life Learning programs, Story Tellers sponsor (1997-2000), and the BELLAS (Beautiful Empowered Ladies Leading All) sponsor (2005-2010). Under Madame Shultz’s guidance, students created the group’s flagship program, “Tales from the Home Front,” now an important yearly Sophomore navigation program.