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Top 101 teachers will be honored at Celebration of Teaching


April 22, 2008

The Teacher Excellence Center has announced the top 101 teachers to be honored at its fifth annual Celebration of Teaching.

On Thursday, April 24 at the Carnegie Music Hall, 101 honorees will be recognized on stage at the Celebration of Teaching and the top seven teachers will be announced as Teachers of Excellence. The seven Teachers of Excellence will each receive a $2,500 grant for their school and a field trip to such places as the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Fort Pitt Museum, The National Aviary, Riverquest, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, The Andy Warhol Museum and The Frick Art and Historical Museum.

In an effort to create a fair selection process for teachers at all levels, TEC restructured the recognition program to group and score nominees by categories. Two teachers will be selected from each of the following categories:

• Kindergarten through 4th grade

• 5th through 8th grade

• 9th through 12th grade

One Teacher of Excellence who has not yet received permanent certification from grades K-12 will be awarded the Rising Star Award.

Eighty three school districts in ten southwestern Pennsylvania counties participated in this year's program and over 3,000 teacher nominations were submitted.

Among the honorees for this year is Pittsburgh Phillips Elementary School teacher Jeffrey Igims. His wife, Julia, who teaches in the Shaler Area School District, was an honoree last year.

TEC has created a Teacher Hall of Fame. Teachers may be recognized as an honoree for a maximum of two times. If they score in the top 100 a third time, they will be placed into a “Hall of Fame” but will not be deemed as an honoree for that year. The Hall of Fame will allow room for other excellent educators to be recognized.

TEC's special guest speaker for the award presentation is Bill Strickland, president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation.

The Teacher Excellence Center is a southwestern Pennsylvania non-profit organization dedicated to professional development of teachers and recognizing teacher excellence. TEC recognizes the collaborative effort required by the school and community to educate students and improve the economic development of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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