MSA Teacher of the Year Program

EARLY DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Online submission link forthcoming.
NOW AVAILABLE: 2019 Guidelines and Criteria (click on tabs below)

2018 National Magnet Teacher of the Year

Dr. April Guenzler, Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary, Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, North Carolina
Dr. April Guenzler has been a classroom teacher in North Carolina for 17 years. She became a National Board certified teacher in 2014 and graduated with an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner-Webb University in May of 2016. Dr. Guenzler loves working with families and their communities and is passionate about integrated curriculum. She has been a part of her school since the conception of its magnet program and her teaching philosophy clearly aligns with the Paideia principles, which provide the foundation for Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary. She believes that learning occurs when students are actively engaged in hands-on authentic experiences and she has facilitated professional development on Paideia Principles, Responsive Classroom, museums approaches to learning, the Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI), and curriculum unit design.

She is also a mentor at her school and works weekly with new teachers (during their first three years of initial licensure) to develop their capacity in teaching. Most recently she was invited by Gardner-Webb faculty to become involved with the Urban Educators Leadership Collaborative (UELC) through Teachers College at Columbia University, NY.


Congratulations to our 2018 Regional Teachers of-the-Year:

REGION I

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

JENNIFER DOWKER

Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School
Theme(s): Performing and Visual Arts
Grade(s): K-5
New London Public Schools
New London, Connecticut

REGION II

Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, The District of Columbia and International

SUSAN ELLERBEE

Randallstown High School
Theme(s): Biomedical Technology and Mass Communication, Academy of Health Professions
Grade(s): 11-12
Baltimore County Public Schools
Randallstown, Maryland

REGION III

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands

DALE ADAMSON

Howard D. McMillan Middle School
Theme(s): Medical and Health Sciences, Robotics Engineering and Technology
Grade(s): 6-8
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami, Florida

REGION IV

Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

APRIL GUENZLER

Brooks Magnet Elementary School
Theme(s): Museums
Grade(s): K-5
Wake County Public School System
Cary, North Carolina

REGION V

Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

JOHN HAYMAN

Southeast Middle School
Theme(s): Digital Arts and Technology
Grade(s): 6-8
East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

REGION VI

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

MARGARET KOREMAN

Franklin Fine Arts Center
Theme(s): Fine Arts
Grade(s): K-8
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago, Illinois

REGION VII

Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

SHANNON RAINS

McLean Science & Technology Magnet
Theme(s): Science and Technology
Grade(s): K-5
Wichita Public Schools
Wichita, Kansas

REGION VIII

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Marianas Islands and Trust Territory of the Pacific

MEGAN FRANKE

Las Vegas Academy
Theme(s): The Arts
Grade(s): 9-12
Clark County School District
Las Vegas, Nevada

INSPIRING + COMMITTED + INNOVATIVE

At Magnet Schools of America (MSA) we already know great teachers inspire not only their students but their colleagues and others in the community as well. Magnet Teacher of the Year (TOY) Award annually recognizes an outstanding, dedicated full-time teacher who exemplifies excellence in academic achievement and executes innovative programs that promote equity and diversity for students in magnet schools.

This successful teacher-candidate is acknowledged by peers, parents and students for exemplary contributions made to the profession. This teacher inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. The award honors a PreK through K-12 Magnet School Teacher who has demonstrated excellence in the teaching profession, community, and parental involvement.

ELIGIBILITY

Nominees must be full-time magnet teachers (including specialists, resource/lead teachers) who:

  • Have served as a teacher at one or more PreK-12 or K-12 Magnet school(s) for a minimum of three years;
  • Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation in curriculum;
  • Foster cooperation between the classroom and the community;
  • Maintain a continuing dialogue with students and parents as well as other staff;
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field of education;
  • Encourage team spirit;
  • Maintain their position as magnet teacher through-out the 2018-2019 school year; and has the ability to travel and represent Magnet Schools of America as an Ambassador for the 2018-2019 school year if selected as National Magnet Teacher of the Year.

ALL PREVIOUS MONETARY WINNERS are NOT eligible for five (5) years after the award.

NOMINATION PROCESS

  • Nomination for Teacher of the Year must by submitted by the district Magnet Director.
  • Only MSA Members/Districts may submit candidate nominations.
  • Districts may submit only one candidate.
  • Nomination materials:
    • The Magnet Teacher of the Year Signatures Page, download here;
    • Applicant Information, complete online;
    • Description of each Application Criteria (Narrative), see next tab, complete online;
    • A letter of nomination explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award, signed (upload online as a PDF);
    • Three letters of recommendation including one from a parent, one from a community partner, AND one from a co-worker or an administrator, letters must be signed (upload online as separate PDFs);
    • A professional resume (upload online as a PDF); and
    • An applicant photo – head shot (upload as .jpg, .jpeg, or .png).

The following information will be ENTERED ONLINE during the submission process.  The narrative for each criteria must be completed by the candidate or nominator.

Criteria 1: EDUCATIONAL HISTORY & PD ACTIVITIES (30 pts)

in no more than 700 words

Educational History and Professional Development Activities:

  • Colleges and Universities attended, including post-graduate studies, indicating degrees earned and dates of attendance;
  • Teaching employment history indicating time period, grade level, and subject area(s);
  • Professional association memberships and information about offices held and other relevant activities that demonstrate on-going learning and leadership in education;
  • Professional development leadership activity and leadership experience in the training of future leaders;
  • Conferences and workshops attended and presentations made that demonstrate leadership within the magnet school field and;
  • Awards and other recognition of teaching accomplishments.

Criteria 2: PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY (10 pts)

in no more than 400 words

Professional Biography:

  • Factors that influenced you to become a teacher and;
  • Description of what you consider being your greatest education contributions and accomplishments as a magnet teacher.

Criteria 3: COMMUNITY/PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (15 pts)

in no more than 600 words

Community/Parental Involement:

  • Describe your commitment to the community through service-oriented activities such as volunteer work, civic responsibilities, and other group activities;
  • Describe how you have worked to develop community partnerships into your magnet theme lessons and;
  • Describe how you encourage magnet parents to play a role in your classroom.

Criteria 4: PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING (20 pts)

in no more than 600 words

Philosophy of Teaching:

  • Describe your personal feelings and beliefs about teaching, including ideas about working with equity and diversity within the classroom and;
  • Describe one unique unit that you teach and have developed, that aligns with your magnet theme(s).

Criteria 5: TEACHING PROFESSION (25 pts)

in no more than 950 words

Teaching Profession:

  • Efforts that you have taken to strengthen and improve the magnet teaching profession;
  • Describe how you build capacity with your colleagues by mentoring newer teachers in the magnet mission;
  • Describe a lesson or unit that you teach that differentiates various student learning styles. Give special attention to technology, if you can;
  • Describe how you bring diverse groups of learners together to work for a common goal in your classroom; and
  • Describe how you collaborate with other teachers to foster the interaction of students between/among grade levels.

in no more than 950 words

Teaching Profession:

  • Efforts that you have taken to strengthen and improve the magnet teaching profession;
  • Describe how you build capacity with your colleagues by mentoring newer teachers in the magnet mission;
  • Describe a lesson or unit that you teach that differentiates various student learning styles. Give special attention to technology, if you can;
  • Describe how you bring diverse groups of learners together to work for a common goal in your classroom; and
  • Describe how you collaborate with other teachers to foster the interaction of students between/among grade levels.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS & SIGNATURES

CANDIDATE INFORMATION - to be completed online

The following candidate information will need to be populated during the online submission process:

  • School
  • Grade Level(s)
  • Elementary or Secondary (includes middle & high schools)
  • Years as Magnet Teacher
  • School Address
  • School URL/Website
  • School District
  • Magnet Theme(s)
  • Phone and Cell Phone
  • Email

RESUME

upload PDF during the online submission process

Resume should include education, administrative experiences, professional growth opportunities and dates (i.e., memberships and offices held in professional organizations/associations; professional development activities; publications/articles; leadership positions/roles).

PHOTO

upload during the online submission process

Photo must be a professional headshot (high resolution) in one of the following file formats :. jpg., jpeg or .png

SIGNATURES PAGE

upload PDF during the online submission process

Download blank signatures page HERE. Three signatures needed:

  • Nominee Verification
  • Nominee Assurance
  • Magnet Director/Designee

The Magnet School must be a paid member of Magnet Schools of America (MSA) for 2018-2019 by Friday, November 2, 2018. Membership inquiries, please call 202.824.0672.


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