One method of recognizing a teacher who has gone above job expectations is nominating the instructor for a Teacher of the Year award. Many school districts or universities have templates or formats for writing up a teacher for the local award. If your particular school offers no guidelines for the nomination letter, you'll need to write a persuasive letter detailing what the teacher has accomplished and how those accomplishments have impacted student lives. The key to a successful nomination letter is to be concise in stating who, what, how and why the teacher deserves the recognition.
Pay close attention to your writing skills. Grammar, sentence structure, spelling and vocabulary will sway the letter reader either positively or negatively. Make sure your paper is error-free.
Stick to a simple paper format: a greeting, an introduction, three body paragraphs and a conclusion will keep the mission of the paper on target. The introduction should name the teacher being nominated, the school or schools, subject matter or position, and grade level the teacher has or is teaching, and the award for which the teacher is being nominated. Also tell the reader how you are related to the teacher. For example, Teacher X was your homeroom teacher in ninth grade.
Focus the first body paragraph of the letter on the teacher's experience in the field.
Focus the second body paragraph of the letter on the teacher's deeds and services to students or people in general. The Ontario Ministry of Education recommends giving specific examples of events or instances on what the teacher has done to exceed expectations. Give names of students helped, or personal examples of what this teacher has done to help you. Teacher of the Year awards are given to teachers who go over and beyond the normal classroom duties.
Give detailed examples, in the third paragraph of the nomination letter, of how this teacher's actions have impacted the life or lives of students. Long-term impact is especially persuasive. For example, the class thug turned his life around, went to college and is now a teacher because the instructor being nominated made sure that the student had breakfast in the morning, a warm coat and tutoring after school.
Summarize why this teacher deserves the honor of being named Teacher of the Year. Thank the committee or letter reader for their time. Close the letter with "Sincerely" and your name. Provide additional contact information in your letter should the committee want to ask additional questions.
Things You Will Need
- Research on teacher's experience
- Examples of teacher's deeds
- Contact information
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