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Hines-Gaither Receives Pfohl Faculty Award

Krishauna Hines-Gaither received the annual Pfohl Faculty Award at the Honors Convocation held May 12 at Salem College. She earned an associates degree from Forsyth Tech and then entered Salem College holding a scholarship given to a student who demonstrated academic excellence in the area of foreign language. Graduating from...

Krishauna Hines-Gaither received the annual Pfohl Faculty Award at the Honors Convocation held May 12 at Salem College.

She earned an associate’s degree from Forsyth Tech and then entered Salem College holding a scholarship given to a student who demonstrated academic excellence in the area of foreign language. Graduating from Salem in 2002 after earning the President’s Prize in Spanish, she went on to earn a master’s degree from Wake Forest and did further language study at Middlebury College.

She has already been honored in numerous ways by the institutions she attended, receiving the 2007 Distinguished Alumna Award from Forsyth Tech and the 2007 Salem College Excellence in Teaching award, and being elected by the class of 2008 to deliver their baccalaureate address.

An extraordinary teacher, she shares her love of the Spanish language with Salem students through teaching classes such as level 2 Spanish, the Culture and Civilization of Spain and Cuba through Film and Language. As coordinator of French/Spanish teacher education, she teaches second-language instructional methods and mentors student teachers.

Hines-Gaither is active outside the classroom, of course, having served as chair of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the board of Directors of Forsyth Tech and as a co-founder of AAL, or African-American Linguists, a national association promoting second languages among the African-American community. For the past six years she has served as a translator at the United States Marine Corps’ recruitment station in Winston-Salem, and she has had papers published and presented her work on topics ranging from teaching diverse learners, to the celebration of the African diaspora through film.

She is an ardent supporter of student events, either as a cheerleader from the sidelines, serving as a mentor to a club or narrating onstage during the Salem Step Show. According to Ann McElaney-Johnson, dean of the college and vice president for academic and student affairs, "Hines-Gaither's absolute commitment to her students and to this community are visible across the many roles she plays.  Her presence here on campus truly makes Salem a better place to teach, to learn and to work. "