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Nominations now accepted for annual Teacher of the Year Award


January 16, 2007

Nominations for the Pennsylvania 2006-2007 “Teacher of the Year” award, sponsored by Teachers' Insurance Plan™, are being accepted through March 1.

The award will include $1,000 to the wining teacher and a $500 grant to that teacher's school. The state winner will also be eligible for the National Award that includes a special recognition and a $2,500 travel certificate.

Last year's state winner was Lisa Pontarelli, a Special Education teacher at John Marshall Elementary School in Philadelphia.

Teachers, students and parents can nominate any of the state's more than 140,000 accredited teachers. Nomination forms are available online at To nominate an educator, or yourself, explain in 250 words or less why this teacher should be Teacher of the Year.

Nominees will be judged on their ability to motivate students, their special talents, and their contribution to their school, students or educational community.


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