Klingenstein Teacher Award

Nominations are now open for the EL Education 2022 Klingenstein Teacher Award

Honor an exceptional teacher in your school with a nomination by June 30, 2022. Celebrate great teachers by submitting your nomination today!

Award Criteria

The Klingenstein Teacher Award is presented annually to a teacher who is judged by their peers to have most successfully transmitted to students the essence of EL Education: building exemplary character, driving outstanding academic achievement, and instilling an ethic of “citizen scholarship.”

Teachers should:

  • Instill in students a desire to learn, take responsibility for their own education and achieve good academic results;
  • Inspire students’ participation in good citizenship in its broader sense, as well as inside the classroom, in the school and as part of the greater community; and
  • Model the value of “We are crew, not passengers,” promoting equity, teamwork, and service in their classrooms and schools.

Eligibility

Teachers whose schools or districts are in active partnership with EL Education are eligible, including current, full-time classroom teachers, teacher leaders, building-based coaches, and instructional guides.

Nomination Process

To nominate a teacher at your school, please submit the following:

  • Letter of support for your candidate. Letters should be 1-2 pages and signed by at least two teachers.
  • Evidence to further illustrate your nominee’s qualifications. This could include an example of student work; testimonials from students, parents or the district; or a video of classroom practice. Different file formats are welcome; there is no expectation to create something new.

Email your nomination to awards@ELeducation.org. Self nominations are not permitted. The deadline is June 30, 2022.

If your nominee is selected as a finalist, the EL Education Awards team will contact your school leaders to request a letter of support.

All nominees will be sent their nomination letters at the end of the review process.

Tips for your nomination

Strong nomination letters describe how your candidate meets each of the award criteria.

Selection

Recipients are selected by a committee of distinguished educators, appointed annually by EL Education. EL Education staff are not on the selection committees.

Timeline

  • Nominations deadline: June 30, 2022
  • Review & Selection Process: July - August
  • Recipient announced: September
  • EL Education 2022 National Conference: December 7-9, Chicago

More Information

Please see our Educator Awards FAQ or email awards@eleducation.org.

To nominate an exceptional school leader, learn about the Silverberg Leadership Award.

Klingenstein Teacher Award Recipients, 2013 - 2021

2021: Erick Espin, WHEELS, A NYC Outward Bound School, New York City

2021: Erick Espin, WHEELS, A NYC Outward Bound School, New York City

2020: Tawana Jordan, Burns Elementary-Middle School, Detroit, MI

2020: Tawana Jordan, Burns Elementary-Middle School, Detroit, MI

2019: Sara Boeck Batista, Leaders High School, Brooklyn, NY

2019: Sara Boeck Batista, Leaders High School, Brooklyn, NY

2018: Annie Holyfield, Joe Shoemaker School, Denver, CO

2018: Annie Holyfield, Joe Shoemaker School, Denver, CO

2017: Lindsay Slabich, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA

2017: Lindsay Slabich, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA

2016: Chris Dolgos, Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, NY

2016: Chris Dolgos, Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, NY

2015: Jon Exall, Odyssey School, Denver, CO

2015: Jon Exall, Odyssey School, Denver, CO

2014: Beth Mowry, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (BCS), Brooklyn, NY

2014: Beth Mowry, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (BCS), Brooklyn, NY

2013: Merry Byles-Daly, Grass Valley Charter School, Grass Valley, CA

2013: Merry Byles-Daly, Grass Valley Charter School, Grass Valley, CA

Inaugural | Susan McCray, Casco Bay High School, Portland, ME

Inaugural | Susan McCray, Casco Bay High School, Portland, ME