2018-19 Teaching Chair Award Nominations
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation supports twelve 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 2015 for nominations this year. The nomination window is open through January 31, 2019.
To nominate a teacher, click on a highlighted chair name below. Eligible teacher names for each chair will be found in a drop-down menu. Click here to learn more about the PSF Chair Award Process.
Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation
The second elementary teaching chair was established as an endowment to honor outstanding, innovative teachers of grades 3-5 districtwide. The award is presented in a two-year cycle. All third, fourth and fifth 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.
Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Language Arts or Social Studies
An endowment fund was created to honor Mrs. Rashkis, who was a much loved teacher at Phillips and Culbreth Middle Schools. The chair has been awarded to outstanding middle school language arts teachers. Starting with the 2013-14 school year, the award has been expanded to include middle school candidates teaching Social Studies. This is a two-year award.
Elmo's Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School Math or Science
The chair began with an initial endowment from Kaiser Permanente and continued in 2006 with a supplemental gift from Elmo's Diner and the Upper Elementary Chair Fund. It has a three-year term. All high school teachers in math or science with at least three years of teaching experience in the district are eligible for this award and are listed on the nominations page.
Mary U. Andrews Chair for Excellence in Teaching Literacy
The newest of our teaching chairs honors outstanding reading specialists, literacy coaches, and media specialists for their work in the literacy arena. This chair was created to honor Mary U. Andrews, a long-time literacy teacher in the CHCCS District who helped initiate a number of literacy programs in the schools and the community. The chair will be presented in a three-year cycle.
Kim Hoke Chair for Excellence in Teaching Exceptional Children
A new honor in 2016, the Kim Hoke 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.