Lillie F. Fitzgerald Excellence in Teaching Award Guidelines

Requirements for Nomination

  • Employed as a full-time, certified K-12 teacher in either the Bradley County or Cleveland City school system with a minimum of five (5) years of teaching experience
  • Demonstrates a passion for teaching and inspires students with a love of learning
  • Involved personally in the community [e. g., religious, civic, and other community/volunteer organizations]
  • Communicates effectively across all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • Admired and respected by students, parents, and colleagues
  • Utilizes creative, current, and relevant strategies in the classroom
  • Embodies the spirit of teaching demonstrated by Lillie Frank Fitzgerald—professional, articulate, and passionate about education

Reviewed by Committee

All applications are reviewed by an independent committee established through the Bradley/Cleveland Public Education Foundation.

Nomination Packet

The Nominator must compile and submit a nomination packet online as a pdf document to containing the following:

  • Letter from the nominator outlining the reason(s) the teacher is nominated for the award
  • Letters of recommendation from one peer and current supervisor
  • History of the nominee including
    • Full resume
    • Achievements and recognitions in the field of education
    • Civic, and community involvement
    • Family information
  • A statement of teaching philosophy from the nominee.
  • Include a brief description of how the professional award for classroom use will be utilized

E-mail the nomination packet as a pdf document to [email protected] or submit using the application linked below.

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