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Teachers First

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."
-Jacques Barzun

Everyone has a favorite teacher. That one person that really made a difference in our life. News5 presents Teachers First to highlight the positive stories and outcomes that are happening in Southern Colorado classrooms every day.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
-Albert Einstein

Teachers First is a monthly award to honor grade school teachers who exemplify excellence in education, encourage and inspire others, and raise awareness of the importance of the teaching profession. Teachers First will recognize individuals who go beyond the classroom to inspire students to want to learn and to become successful members of our community. One individual a month, in March and April, will be chosen to receive the Teachers First Award.

Please make sure that you follow the Nomination Instructions and Guidelines below the form, to ensure your favorite teacher gets the recognition they deserve.


Click here to fill out the Teachers First Nomination Form
Teacher's First Award Qualifications

AWARD
One teacher a month, in March and April, will be chosen to receive the award.
Teachers First recipients will receive $500 for classroom supplies for the following year.
They will also receive a $250 Salsa Brava gift card, and Salsa Brava will host up to 8 people for each winner.

PURPOSE
To recognize and honor teachers who exemplify excellence in teaching.
To encourage and inspire others.
To raise the importance of the teaching profession.

QUALIFICATIONS
Must be currently teaching in a Southern Colorado accredited public or private elementary/grade school.

NOMINATION PROCESS AND RESTRICTIONS
Nominations will be accepted all year. Applications received in the summer months will be considered the following semester.
Please do not submit additional support materials (photos, DVD's, audio cassettes)
Nominations must include:

    *The Nomination Form
    *Letters of Nomination. It is suggested, but not mandatory, that three letters of nomination be submitted:
        1. One letter from nominator
        2. One letter of recommendation from individual other than family member
        3. One letter from school principal or administrator
      (Phone inquiries will not be accepted.)

Nominations are to be submitted by mail or on-line.
Nomination materials will not be returned.
Only complete nominations will be considered.
Winner will be featured on News5*.
*Winner, nominee and school agree to be featured on News5.

GUIDELINES FOR WRITING A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Describe specific examples of how this teacher cares.
Describe how this teacher provides a positive, stimulating classroom.
Explain how this teacher makes a connection with his/her students.
Tell what this teacher does that is above and beyond normal duties.
Be specific on how the teacher helps develop successful members of the community. 
Teachers First Submission Information:

YOU CAN SUBMIT OUR ONLINE FORM, OR USE THE ALTERNATE METHODS BELOW:

Download Nomination Form

E-MAIL YOUR NOMINATION FORM AND MATERIALS TO:
teachersfirst@koaa.com

MAIL YOUR NOMINATION TO:
Teachers First
c/o News5
5520 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
OR
Teachers First
c/o News5
2200 7th Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81003


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