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Klingenstein Teacher Award

Celebrating great teaching

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

The Klingenstein Teacher Award recipient accepted their award and delivered a speech at What Matters Most, Moving Toward More Equitable Schools, the EL Education 2020 Virtual Summit on October 22.

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Educators nominated for the Klingenstein Teacher Award:

  • 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, in the classroom and throughout the school community; and
  • Model the value of “we are crew, not passengers” in their classroom and throughout the school—a founding principle of EL Education.

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