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Nominate Alexandria Schools Staff for Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards

Entire ACPS community invited to participate. Selection deadline Nov. 22

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – It’s that time of year again. Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is once more participating in The Washington Post’s Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year Awards. The honors recognize excellence in education throughout the DMV area.

Every member of the ACPS community (students, parents, etc.) is welcome to nominate an individual based on the following criteria:

  • To nominate a teacher, send a written statement of support to their principal before Nov. 22, 2021. Each principal will then choose one nominee from their school to go on to the ACPS finalists round.
  • To nominate a principal, please send a statement of support to Sherri Tullia of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership at sherri.tullia@acps.k12.va.us before Nov. 22, 2021.

Rules of Eligibility

To be eligible for The Washington Post Principal of the Year Award, nominees must be full-time principals (in grades pre-kindergarten through 12) in an accredited school in the Washington metropolitan region, per the newspaper’s list of jurisdictions. Nominees must have a minimum of five years’ experience as a principal, three of which must be in the school or school system in which they are currently serving.

Nominees must be serving as an administrator for the 2021-22 school year and must meet the following criteria:

  • Manage effectively.
  • Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation.
  • Foster cooperation between the school and the community.
  • Maintain a continuing dialogue with students and parents as well as faculty and staff.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field of education.
  • Encourage team spirit.
  • Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment.
  • Continue to play an active role in the classroom.
  • Maintain their position as principal throughout the 2021-22 school year.

To be eligible for The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award, nominees must be full-time teachers (in grades pre-kindergarten through 12) in an accredited school in the Washington metropolitan region, per the newspaper’s list of jurisdictions. Nominees must have a minimum of five years’ teaching experience, three of which must be in the school or school system in which they are currently serving.

Nominees must be serving as a teacher for the 2021-22 school year and must meet the following criteria:

  • Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve.
  • Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students.
  • Foster cooperative relationships with their colleagues and the community.
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership.
  • Maintain their teaching position throughout the 2021-22 school year.

Selection Process

The ACPS Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year will be selected by an ACPS panel in early 2022 and will be announced in April 2022. They will become finalists for The Washington Post awards. Winners will be  published that month.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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