Excellence in Education award nominations due Nov. 23

DeKALB — Nominations for the 2013 DeKalb County Excellence in Education Awards are due Friday, Nov. 23, to the attention of the district superintendent of the nominee. Nomination forms can be found on the DeKalb County Community Foundation website,, at the district superintendent offices, and the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education, 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road, Suite C, DeKalb.

The Excellence in Education Awards were established in 1999 by retired Sycamore elementary school teacher, Yvonne Johnson, with an endowment fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

The purpose of the awards is to honor and acknowledge outstanding teachers, administrators and support staff from school districts throughout DeKalb County. Winners each year receive $1,000 and are recognized during a reception in March.

Nominees should be exceptionally skillful and dedicated teachers, administrators or support staff in a DeKalb County school planning to continue in an active teaching, administrative or support staff status. Nominations should be made without regard to age, sex, race, religion or educational position. Nominees should have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and coworkers. They should play active and useful roles in their communities and schools; distinguishing themselves as a leader in their field of expertise. Their most important quality should be their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Community members are encouraged to submit nominations for any of the following five categories: elementary, middle school and high school teachers, administrators, and support staff. Send the completed nomination form to the attention of the superintendent of the nominee’s district. Nominations will be reviewed by a joint committee of teachers and administrators. The committee seeks nominations both through the school districts and directly from the community. A cooperative effort will strengthen this award program designed to honor outstanding members of the profession and promote awareness of the quality education in our schools.

For more information, contact Becky Zantout at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, or at 815-748-5383.

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