New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award


Nominations for the 2018 award are now closed.

Launched in 2015, the New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award is a citywide award to recognize outstanding public school teachers. By honoring these exceptional educators, we celebrate the nearly 3,500 teachers across New Orleans and the amazing work they do to better the lives of our city’s students.

How do I nominate a teacher?
Review the nomination materials below and reach out to to get a link to the nomination form:

Why nominate a teacher?
Research shows that the simple act of telling teachers that they are a top performer can help keep them teaching, which will have lasting benefits for students and your school. Whether a teacher wins or not, they receive recognition which they deeply deserve.

All finalists will be invited to a breakfast on May 23rd to celebrate their dedication to the students and families of New Orleans. Teachers who are selected as New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award winners will also receive $2,000. NSNO will convene award winners once during the school year to get their perspective on important citywide issues impacting schools.

Who can nominate a teacher?
School leaders, teacher coaches, and other academic or cultural leaders at any New Orleans public school or network are eligible to nominate exceptional teachers at their schools for this citywide award.

What are the requirements for who I should nominate?
Nominated teachers must:

  • be a full-time teacher in a New Orleans PK-12 public school for 2017-2018 school year
  • have at least two years of full-time teaching experience (excluding student teaching) at the end of the 2017-18 school year
  • be committed to teaching in a New Orleans public school in 2018-19
  • embody the selection criteria
    • student achievement
    • strong relationships with students
    • constant learning
    • demonstrated impact on their community.

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