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Educator Awards

Nominations are open

Now through June 15, 2021, nominate an exceptional teacher or leader in your school!

The Klingenstein Teacher Award and Silverberg Leadership Award were established to celebrate exceptional teachers and school leaders who bring EL Education's vision to life—engaging students in work that is challenging, adventurous and meaningful so that learning and achievement can flourish. Each year, one teacher and one school leader are selected who exemplify the spirit and values of EL Education and give voice to the hundreds of wonderful educators in the EL community.

Award recipients will receive a $5,000 cash prize, be honored during EL Education’s Virtual Summit in the fall, and receive speaking and writing opportunities in the future.

More Information

Please review the Educator Award FAQ for information about nominations and eligibility. For all other questions, please contact awards@ELeducation.org.

Klingenstein Teacher Award

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

2020 | Tawana Jordan, Burns Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit, MI

2020 | Tawana Jordan, Burns Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit, MI

2019 | Sara Boeck Batista, Leaders High School, a NYC Outward Bound School, Brooklyn, NY

2019 | Sara Boeck Batista, Leaders High School, a NYC Outward Bound 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

Silverberg Leadership Award

The Silverberg Leadership Award is made possible by Irwin Silverberg, EL Education Board of Directors.

2020 | Dr. Diamond Ford, Hollis Innovation Academy, Atlanta, GA

2020 | Dr. Diamond Ford, Hollis Innovation Academy, Atlanta, GA

2019 | William Haithcock, Harborside Academy, Kenosha, WI

2019 | William Haithcock, Harborside Academy, Kenosha, WI

2018 | Laina Cox, Middle School Principal, Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

2018 | Laina Cox, Middle School Principal, Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

2017 | Michelle Navarre, Polaris Charter Academy, Chicago, IL

2017 | Michelle Navarre, Polaris Charter Academy, Chicago, IL

2016 | Derek Pierce, Casco Bay High School, Portland, ME

2016 | Derek Pierce, Casco Bay High School, Portland, ME

2015 | Lisa Wing, Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, NY

2015 | Lisa Wing, Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, NY

2014 | Thabiti Brown, Principal, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Dorchester, MA

2014 | Thabiti Brown, Principal, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Dorchester, MA