2015-16 Teaching Chair Nominations
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation supports ten multi-year teaching chair awards across multiple teaching disciplines in the school district. This year, five of these chair awards are open for nominations. The nomination window is open through January 31, 2016.
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Sockwell Chair for Excellence in Teaching Primary Grades (preK-2)
The chair was the first elementary level teaching chair established by the Foundation. It honors former school board chair Phyllis Sockwell and her aunt who were teachers. The chair, set up as an endowment fund, is awarded to teachers of grades preK-2 in a two-year cycle. All preK through second grade teachers with at least three years of teaching experience in the district are eligible for this award and are listed on the nominations page.
Middle School Chair
GlaxoSmithKline Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Science or Math
The Glaxo Chair was the first middle school teaching chair established by the Foundation. Starting in the 2013-14 school year, it will be awarded in a two-year cycle, honoring outstanding middle school science or math teachers. It was first awarded in 1988-89. All middle school math or science teachers with at least three years of teaching experience in the district are eligible for this award and are listed on the nominations page.
High School Chair
Bernadine Sullivan Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School English or Social Studies
The endowment was created by the family of English teacher Bernadine Sullivan at Chapel Hill High School, and is being expanded in the 2013-14 school year from an English teaching award to include Social Studies teachers. The award is presented in a two-year cycle. All high school English or Social Studies teachers with at least three years of teaching experience in the district are eligible for this award and are listed on the nominations page.
Kim Hoke Chair for Excellence in Teaching Exceptional Children
The most recent endowment for a teaching chair and a new honor for teachers in 2016, this chair will award outstanding classroom teachers who are certified to teach Exceptional Children and do so in a classroom setting. Named in honor of retired Executive Director of the Public School Foundation, Kim Hoke, the chair recognizes the efforts of classroom teachers who dedicate their career to teaching children with disabilities and special needs. The chair will be presented in a three-year cycle.
Neil Pedersen Teachers First Chair for Excellence in Classroom Technology
The endowed fund was created by the Foundation to honor the former superintendent and is part of the Teachers First campaign. The chair is awarded to a classroom teacher who best incorporates technology into their students' classroom experience. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, this chair is awarded in three, two-year alternating cycles with the sequence being a two-year cycle for classroom teachers in grades K-5; followed by a two-year cycle for classroom teachers in grades 6-12; followed by a two-year cycle to recognize technology or media specialists and/or career technical education teachers across all grade levels.