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Outstanding Educator Awards

Outstanding Educator Awards are available for up to six full-time, 3rd–12th grade Tennessee educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching the humanities, thus making the humanities an important part of their students' lives. Since 1985, Humanities Tennessee has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Tennessee teachers and schools. 

Each award recipient will receive a $2,000 fellowship to further their professional development in the humanities. The award recipient's school will also receive a $1,500 grant to be used for the purchase of humanities instructional materials or for student humanities projects. Teachers of English, foreign language, history and social studies are eligible, as are teachers of art, drama and music, provided they employ a solid humanities approach to these subjects through emphasis on the history, theory, and criticism of the arts. In 2018, at least one award will be reserved for an outstanding school librarian who teaches humanities content.

In addition to being skillful and dedicated teachers who possess an expansive and in-depth knowledge of the humanities subject they teach, nominees should have the respect of students, parents and co-workers, as well as a record of active involvement in community activities and professional organizations, particularly those activities and organizations which involve promoting an understanding of the humanities.

The deadline to submit a draft nomination is December 31st, 2017.  The Final Submission deadline is January 31st, 2018. Previous award winners are ineligible to apply for the award again. Contact to request nomination materials.

Read about recent Outstanding Educator Award Recipients.

Read more about Outstanding Educator Award Nomination regulations here.

Download the full Nomination Form here.

Read a student's letter of recommendation for a recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award here.

Read about one teacher's project underscoring the value of an education in the humanities

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