Finalists Announced!

China is the world’s oldest surviving civilization, and the Chinese language is often credited for its longevity. Studying Chinese is not only important for a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of Chinese culture but important for building bridges of friendship between the U.S. and China.

It is with much appreciation of the many teachers who have been teaching the Chinese Language in the Heartland region, often with little resources, that USHCA is launching our inaugural Heartland Chinese Teacher Award.

3 teachers from the Heartland region will be selected for the award and receive cash grants of $5,000.00 thanks to our inaugural award sponsor, LingoAce. 

We are accepting one nomination of an accredited K-12 Chinese language teacher or administrator per U.S. Heartland City. All nominees will receive a Classroom Supplies Package for participating.

Key Dates:

  • Nomination Deadline: Sept. 30th, 2022
  • Nominee Applications due: Sept. 30th, 2022
  • Finalists announced: Oct. 24th, 2022 *Updated
  • Virtual Awards Ceremony: November 19th *Updated

Meet the Selection Committee Members:


Susan Thornton

Senior Fellow for the Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School

Gloria Guo

Co-founder, LingoAce

Minru Li

Professor at OSU Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Rosie Levine

Deputy Project Director at the United States Institute of Peace

2022 Finalists*:

*In alphabetical order

Cindy Casto

Maumelle, Arkansas

Dr. Alpha Edens

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Heidi Kuo

Muscatine, Iowa

Tungfen Lee

Carmel, Indiana

Yan Wang

Lexington, Kentucky

Virtual Awards Ceremony:

Voting for People’s Choice Awards:

Nov. 19th, 2022

11-12pm CT

Coming soon…Stay tuned! 


  1. The first step in the award process is to get a nomination. Nominate your teacher (or yourself) by submitting your nomination via this new form here:
  2. Once the teacher has been nominated, the teacher will also need to submit an application form by themselves. That form is here:
  3. Lastly, it is important to note the teacher’s application will be best supplemented by a support letter from your mayor (or a school administrator). If you need help getting this, we are here to help! (We recommend contacting us.) Those with questions can contact Jason Conley at

2022 Sponsor

LingoAce is an online language learning platform where kids ages 3-15 can learn Mandarin Chinese 1:1 with a professional teacher. Aligning with globally-recognized syllabi, their expert-designed curriculum engages learners with games, interactive storytelling and other interactive multimedia.

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