Each year NM OLÉ recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the language profession. Awards include the:
Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring an individual for lengthy and dedicated service to the foreign language profession;
Excellence in Teaching Award, recognizing a foreign language teacher who has demonstrated exceptional ability and outstanding performance in classroom instruction;
Young Educator Award, presented to a foreign language teacher in the first five years of service who shows uncommon potential for the development and implementation of ideas in the classroom; and
Outstanding Administrator Award, presented to an administrator for contributing in a significant way to the promotion of the teaching and learning of foreign languages.