Teacher of the Year
GCTE wants you to nominate yourself or a colleague for one of the GCTE Teacher of the Year awards to be given at the annual conference in February. Awards are given to teachers at the elementary, middle, secondary, and college levels. Please use the form below just as a guide. Please complete your application on either the pdf or Word version.
GCTE Teacher of the Year Award
Applicant’s Name___________________________ School __________________________
Home address __________________________ School
Phone (home) _______________________ (school)
Level of Instruction (circle one) K-5 6-8 9-12 College Current GCTE Member (circle) Yes No
indicate if you will or will not be willing to have your “Best Practices
Narrative” for this application submitted to Connections, the GCTE professional
journal, for publication upon acceptance by its editorial board.
Yes, I want my Best Practices article (#3 below) to be submitted for
publication consideration to Connections.
No, I do not want my Best Practices article to be submitted for publication
consideration to Connections.
All applicants must submit an information package to GCTE
by January 23, 2014 in order to be considered for GCTE’s Teacher of the Year 2013 in one of these categories: Elementary (K-5), Middle (6-8),
Secondary (9-12), or College. This information will be submitted as an electronic
.pdf file to Brenda Logan at Brenda.Logan@armstrong.edu .
A narrative explaining your philosophy and approach to teaching
English/Language Arts (1 page, single spaced)
A narrative that explains a typical day in your classroom as well as how you
address your language arts curriculum throughout a school year (1 page, single
An expository article of two lessons that you currently use in your classroom
which incorporates best teaching practices with no more than two pages for your
article and no more than two additional pages for artifacts (including
pictures) that support these specific lessons (no more than 4 pages)
Write a response to two of the following questions (2 pages, single spaced):
a. Relate an
experience in your career as a teacher that epitomizes what teaching is all about to you.
b. How would you
define the term “21st century literacy” within your classroom? What do you
believe your students will need to be successful communicators five, ten, or
even fifteen years from now?
c. What project or
performance task have you created that encourages students to achieve at a higher
d. What do you
think is a crucial issue affecting English/Language arts education today? How
would you respond to this issue, and what would you do to inform others of its
e. How has your
personal involvement in community service influenced your practice in the classroom,
your local community, and beyond?
f. What has been your greatest contribution to your
Two letters of support from a colleague, supervisor, administrator, parent, or
student (2 pages)
applicant package should be no longer than 10
excluding this award application page. Please convert your documents to a
single .pdf file and email the file to Brenda Logan at Brenda.Logan@armstrong.edu . Please type “GCTE TOY
application” and your name in the subject line of the email.
*No nomination for the award
is required; please give this application to a deserving colleague or submit an
application for yourself. If you wish to make a nomination, GCTE will contact
the nominee and request a package. Send your nomination to Dr. Brenda Logan at Brenda.Logan@armstrong.edu .