Five minutes of your time could change a teacher’s life! The Smith Center and The Rogers Foundation just announced that nominations are now open for their fourth-annual Heart of Education Awards, recognizing outstanding educators in Clark County School District (CCSD).
Anyone can nominate a CCSD teacher through January 18, 2019 at TheHeartOfEducation.org. Nominating takes just a few minutes!
This awards program honors CCSD teachers across all grades and curricula who go above and beyond for their students, such as launching valuable new programs and devoting time outside the classroom to support students in need.
Hundreds of award finalists will be celebrated at a special, red-carpet event in April 2019 at The Smith Center. The event will feature live entertainment, swag bags and a surprise keynote speaker.
The top 20 teachers will be named winners, with each receiving a $5,000 cash prize and a $1,000 donation to a school program of their choice.
“So many teachers in our community change students’ lives every day, and never expect anything in return,” says Myron Martin, Smith Center president and CEO. “We believe our community can make a big difference with our education system by thanking these amazing educators.”
Help Make a Difference
The Smith Center, a nonprofit organization, created the Heart of Education Awards in 2015 to promote teacher recruitment and retention in CCSD.
To date, a total of 61 inspiring educators have received Heart of Education Awards.
Many of the recipients laud how heartening it felt to receive appreciation for their untold hours of work outside the classroom to support their students and schools.
“It was just such a blessing to get those nominations from my colleagues and from my students, and to be invited to The Smith Center and the gala, which is spectacular,” says Jeffrey Hinton, one of the second-annual award winners. “I’ve been teaching 17 years, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this in terms of celebrating our teachers.”
Heart of Education Award recipients have also made a difference with the $1,000 donations given to their schools as part of their awards.
Winners have invested these funds in valuable items like new musical instruments, new classroom equipment, new choir stands and much-needed supplies for extracurricular programs.
Some winners have even donated their own $5,000 cash prizes back to their students and schools, including scholarships for students, gifts for fellow teachers and donations to help students in need and their families.
“It all went back to my students,” says Hela Naziri, one of the second-annual award winners, whose achievements include creating a food pantry at her Title 1 school to help feed low-income students. “I want to teach kids to be a good person.”
Nominate a Teacher Today
Nominate an outstanding CCSD teacher at: TheHeartOfEducation.org.
This awards program is powered by The Rogers Foundation, a nonprofit organization, in support of honoring hardworking educators in Southern Nevada.
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