The Virginia Lottery is partnering with The Supply Room Company and the Virginia PTA in order to offer the 7th annual Super Teacher Awards. The call for nominations comes to the public through a recent press release to appear online. The very best educators in the state are honored with this program due to their dedication to students and their consistent efforts to go above and beyond the call of duty. These teachers are an inspiration to their students, and this award gives them the recognition that these educators deserve. In the Commonwealth, the Virginia Lottery has an outstanding track record when it comes to their commitment to education. Over time, this institution has raised over $6 million starting in 1999.
According to the Virginia Lottery executive director, the institution is making an effort to encourage and reward those valuable individuals who are shaping our future leaders in America. The Super Teacher program has been held annually since 1998, honoring 48 educators to date. This year’s ceremonies will put the spotlight on eight more individual educators who are to be nominated. Each winner is given a $2,000 prize in addition to a $2,000 credit for classroom supplies from the Supply Room Company. This year, another benefit has been added to the winnings. On top of the awards mentioned above, winners will receive an all-expense paid vacation that is valued at over $5,000.
Super Teachers for the year will be decided by a panel of recognized and respected educators and community leaders. The panel for 2014 will include the former State Superintendent for Public Instruction, the former Virginia Secretary of Education, and the president of the Virginia Parent Teacher Association. Also joining the line up for the panel is a professor emerita from James Madison University and a previous award winning teacher from Mary Munford Elementary School in Richmond. The winning educators are given a surprise ceremony in their town of residence. With the winners being announced in the Spring, nominations can be made by anyone over the age of 18 for teachers who are working in the public school system with grades K-12.