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Klingenstein Award

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 Education culture: building exemplary character, driving outstanding academic achievement, and instilling an ethic of “citizen scholarship.” 

The nominated teacher 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," in their classroom and school.

Prizes

  • A cash prize of $5,000
  • An invitation to attend the EL Education National Conference, with all expenses paid, to receive the award 
  • An opportunity to present a Master Class at a future National Conference

Who is eligible?

All teachers whose schools are in active partnership with EL Education, whether a school design or literacy curriculum partnership. 

Nomination

Nominations for the 2019 Klingenstein Teacher Award will open in winter 2019. Please check back for updates! 

Questions?

For additional questions, please email awards@eleducation.org.


The Klingenstein Teacher Award is made possible by Lee Klingenstein, EL Education’s Founding Board Chair. 

2018 Klingenstein Award Winner

EL Education is proud to announce that Annie Holyfield, a K/1 teacher at Joe Shoemaker School in Denver, has received the 2018 Klingenstein Teacher Award.

Watch Annie's inspiring acceptance speech at the EL Education 2018 National Conference in Philadelphia here and learn more about her work on our blog.

2018 Klingenstein Teacher Award winner Annie Holyfield, pictured with Jo Ziesing, EL Education Board member, and Ron Berger, Chief Academic Officer at EL Education

“Many people see 5, 6, and 7 year olds as cute and innocent, incapable of having a real impact in the world, almost powerless, until they are more mature, knowledgeable, older. I am here today to challenge that belief. I am here to tell you that even little kids are capable of meaningful contributions and able to make the world a better place. To quote Zoryn, one of my students, 'You should see what we can do--we are magic!'”

Annie Holyfield , K/1 teacher at Joe Shoemaker School in Denver, CO

Klingenstein Teacher Award Previous Recipients

(2013-2017)

2017: Lindsay Slabich, The Springfield Renaissance School
2017: Lindsay Slabich, The Springfield Renaissance School
2016: Chris Dolgos, Genesee Community Charter School
2016: Chris Dolgos, Genesee Community Charter School
2015: Jon Exall, Odyssey School of Denver
2015: Jon Exall, Odyssey School of Denver
2014: Beth Mowry, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
2014: Beth Mowry, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
2013: Merry Byles-Daly, Grass Valley Charter School
2013: Merry Byles-Daly, Grass Valley Charter School

2017  Lindsay Slabich, The Springfield Renaissance School

2016   Chris Dolgos, Genesee Community Charter School

2015   Jon Exall, Odyssey School of Denver

2014   Beth Mowry, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies

2013   Merry Byles-Daly, Grass Valley Charter School

2013  Susan McCray, Casco Bay High School