Award for Teaching Excellence

Recognizes, rewards and promotes excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession.

Presented jointly by WEAC, the NEA Foundation and the National Education Association, this award recognizes, rewards and promotes excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession. It also honors public education and the dedicated members of WEAC.

What Are The Selection Criteria?

  • Instructional expertise, creativity, and innovation
  • Acknowledgement of individual student needs, learning styles, and experiences
  • Advocacy for the profession, public education, and students
  • Diversity sensitivity and support
  • Exemplary leadership
  • Involvement of parents and community numbers in the classroom
  • Lifelong learning

Who Is Eligible for Nomination?

All current members of WEAC: Teachers, Education Support Professionals, and Higher Education Faculty and Staff

How Should Nominations Be Submitted?

Submit using the online form on or before February 1. For questions please contact the president’s office at 800-362-8034, extension 219.

What Does the Selected Nominee Receive?

The selected nominee will receive a $1,000 award from WEAC.  Our state selected nominee will also become part of the national process.  To that end, the selected nominee and a guest will receive an expenses paid trip to the NEA Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, DC.  Five nominees from throughout the country will be selected for The Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence and receive a check in the amount of $10,000. In addition, the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence recipient, selected from the five, receives $25,000 in cash and a commemorative gift.