Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

2017-18 Teaching Chair Award Nominations

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation supports eleven multi-year teaching chair awards across multiple teaching disciplines in the school district. This year, five of these chair awards are open for nominations. To be eligible for nomination, candidates must have completed 3 full school years (August - June) in the CHCCS district with a hiring date of August 2014 for nominations this year. The nomination window is open through January 31, 2018.

Click here to learn more about the PSF Chair Award Process.

Elementary School

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 

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

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 was 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. 

District-wide 

Neil Pedersen 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 and/or career technical education teachers across all grade levels. 

Mel and Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Health or Physical Education

Established in 2017-18 this chair will honor outstanding teachers in grades K-12 who instruct students in health and/or physical education. Provided by the Rashkis Trust, the chair will be awarded on a three-year cycle and is named to honor the legacies of educators Mel and Zora Rashkis.

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