Every teacher works to educate children, but some go above and beyond the call of duty.
That is why the CREATE Foundation established the Teacher of Distinction award in 1999 – to honor educators in the Tupelo Public School District who have gone the extra mile for their students.
Each year, at least 10 $1,000 awards are given to teachers and up to three $500 awards are given to assistant teachers.
“This gives us the opportunity to bring special recognition to those who have done things well for the Tupelo Public School District; those who have made a difference in not only instruction of their course, but also the lives of their students,” said Bob Monroe, interim director of human resources.
Awards are sponsored by the Tupelo Kiwanis and Rotary clubs and are endowed by a variety of sources.
Teachers may be nominated by administrators, fellow teachers, other school district employees, parents, students or community citizens.
Once nominated, teachers must fill out additional application materials.
The Innovations in Education Endowment Committee members provide an initial screening of applicants. Winners are chosen from that pool of teachers by an external selection committee.
Nominations for this year’s Teachers of Distinction are due to the CREATE Foundation office, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802, by May 31. Awards will be given out in September.