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Klingenstein Teacher Award

The Klingenstein Teacher Award is presented annually to an exemplary EL Education 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."

Nominations are now closed. The 2021 Klingenstein Teacher Award will be presented during the EL Education 2021 Virtual Summit on October 28-29. Please contact awards@eleducation.org with questions.

That is the goal of a great teacher, to teach the students how to be a better version of themselves.Watch Tawana Jordan​, ​Master Teacher, Burns Elementary Middle School, accept the 2020 Klingenstein Teacher Award

About the Award

The Klingenstein Teacher Award was established with generous support from Lee Klingenstein, Founding Chair of the EL Education Board of Directors (1927-2020).

Past Recipients

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