Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

Neil Pedersen Teachers First Chair for Excellence in Classroom Technology Application

Congratulations on being nominated for a teaching chair to be awarded by the Chapel-Hill Carrboro Public School Foundation! While only one teacher will receive this chair award, being nominated demonstrates that you are regarded as an exceptional teacher. 

An initial screening of the applications (without identifying information) will be conducted using the criteria below. Based on the initial screening, semi-finalists will be invited to an in-person interview with the selection committee. In-classroom observations will be conducted for finalists selected from the interview process as needed. Congratulations again, and good luck to you.

Click here to learn more about the PSF Chair Process.  

In the spaces provided below, in 200 words or less, discuss how your teaching philosophy and professional practice exemplify each of the three criteria for this teaching chair award.


1. The candidate ignites enthusiasm for learning 

  • The candidate presents content in an engaging manner using a variety of instructional approaches, including the norms and skills of accountable talk.
  • The candidate integrates a variety of technology to maximize student learning.
  • The candidate educates students on the appropriate use and consumption of various media, providing them with perspectives on the benefits and risks of public personae, and empowers them to constructively employ new media in their lives.  

2. The candidate creates an exceptional learning environment for all students 

  • The candidate sets high expectations and demonstrates a commitment to a high level of achievement for all students.
  • The candidate excels in maintaining a positive and equitable learning atmosphere by being supportive, nurturing and respectful.
  • The candidate uses practices and materials that reflect diverse racial and ethnic contributions and perspectives.

3. The candidate is a role model 

  • The candidate is involved in the life of the school beyond formal teaching responsibilities. 
  • The candidate inspires his/her colleagues by sharing information, ideas, techniques, and new perspectives through his/her Professional Learning Community, faculty meetings, professional development opportunities, etc.
  • The candidate is often looked upon as a subject matter expert by other teachers and/or administrators (Common Core standards, Principles of Learning, and other specialties, etc.)

In the space below, paste in your resume or work history highlights, in 500 words or less.

Have questions? Please email Judy Jones, Chair award coordinator: 
By submitting this application, I am certifying that the information within it is accurate.

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