Congratulations to the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award recipients (from upper left to right): Rae Mitchell, Wilson Elementary School 5th Grade Teacher (Elementary School Excellence in Teaching Award), Molly Navarre, Homestead High School Counselor (Specialist Excellence in Teaching Award), Steve Petersen, Steffen Middle School 8th Grade Teacher (Middle School Excellence in Teaching Award) and Jennifer Zortman, Homestead High School Math Teacher (Homestead High School Excellence in Teaching Award).
Educators were surprised at end of school events and at their homes - socially distancing in the sunshine. Check out the educators being surprised in the two videos linked above. Video Credit Allison Yang.
It is important to recognize the major impact that strong teachers have on students.The annual MTEF Excellence in Teaching awards are given to educators who demonstrate exemplary leadership in the preparation of students for continued academic advancement at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Nominations are submitted by peers, students, parents and guardians.
All recipients must demonstrate good communication and leadership skills; exhibit a willingness to become involved; share their teaching expertise with students, as well as peers; incorporate innovating teaching methods; and have a positive impact on students.
Each recipient of these awards receives a check in the amount of $1,000.
Check out eligibility and selection criteria & past award winners.