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 awarded September through May 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, September through May will be chosen to receive the Teachers First Award.

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

Teacher’s First Award Qualifications

AWARD

  • One teacher a month, September through May will be chosen to receive the award.
  • Teachers First recipients will receive $500 for classroom supplies for the following year.
  • They will receive a $100 gift card that may be used at any Salsa Brava or Urban Egg location.

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
  • Letter of Nomination

Nominations are to be submitted by mail - DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE . 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.

Email nomination and letters of recommendation to - teachersfirst@koaa.com
Use this address for regular mail: Teachers First c/o News5, 2200 7th Ave., Pueblo, Co 81003

Nominees must be currently teaching in a Southern Colorado accredited public or private school (K-12).

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM

Email nomination and letters of recommendation to - teachersfirst@koaa.com
or
Regular mail:
Teachers First
c/o News5
2200 7th Ave.
Pueblo, CO
81003