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Lyndonville seeks nominations for ‘Educator of the Year’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 January 2017 at 9:36 am

LYNDONVILLE – The school district for the first time will recognize an “Educator of the Year” at the end of the school year.

The district is accepting nominations from students, parents, former students, administrators, teaching colleagues and other members of the community until Feb. 10. (Nomination packets are available at the school district’s main office as well as on the district website www.lyndonvillecsd.org.)

Three finalists will be chosen from the pool of nominations.

The number of nominations a teacher receives has little to do with selecting a finalist. When nominating a teacher, it is important to highlight examples that illustrate the candidate’s dedication, knowledge, and skill as a teacher, as well as their ability to go above and beyond what is expected inside and outside of the classroom, the district stated.

Upon verification that the nominated teacher meets the required criteria, two additional letters of support will be needed to complete the nomination process. These should come from peer groups different than that of the nominator. Cover letters are included in this packet.

An impartial selection committee will choose the Educator of the Year. The committee will include the former Educator of the Year (after initial year), a high school student council member, an elementary leadership club member, a PTSA representative, one representative from each area (Elementary, Secondary, and K-12 Specialty Teacher), a Board of Education member, an administrator, and the superintendent.

The winner will be announced annually, at the regular meeting of the Board of Education in June. The Educator of the Year will receive a $1,000 district grant, as well as a plaque commemorating the achievement. The grant may be used for any educational initiative or project within the winner’s school, classroom, program, or department.

Eligibility requirements and criteria for Educator of the Year includes:

  • The nominee must be a current teacher within the Lyndonville school district.
  • The nominee must have completed 4 years of teaching at Lyndonville.
  • A nominee for Educator of the Year should be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.
  • The nominee must have a strong sense of values, integrity and professional ethics.
  • The nominee must actively collaborate with colleagues, administration, parents and families.
  • The nominee must play an active role in the school community, and demonstrate innovative 21st century skills and continuing professional growth Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues.

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