Guidelines and Nominations for the Lillie F. Fitzgerald Excellence in Teaching Award

Here are the guidelines and information for making a nomination for the award:

Amount of Personal Award: $3,000 cash and a recognition plaque
Amount of Professional Award for Classroom use: $2,000
Restrictions on use of Personal Award:  None
Application Deadline for the 2019 Award:  May 15, 2020
Announcement of Winner: August, 2020
Opening Session of each School System 

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 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. 

Nomination Submission
Nominations must be submitted by the deadline annually, see top.

E-mail nomination packet as a pdf document to director@bcpef.org