is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."
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.
is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression
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.
here to fill out the Teachers First Nomination Form
First Award Qualifications
One teacher a month, in March and April, will be chosen to receive the
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.
To recognize and honor teachers who exemplify excellence in teaching.
To encourage and inspire others.
To raise the importance of the teaching profession.
Must be currently teaching in a Southern Colorado accredited public or
private elementary/grade school.
NOMINATION PROCESS AND
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
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
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