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Nominate Teacher and Principal of the Year by October 24

Finalists will have their names submitted for Washington Post contest

Photo courtesy ACPS

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Monday, Oct. 24 is the deadline to nominate an Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) teacher and principal for The Washington Post’s Principal and Teacher of the Year Awards. This year marks the 40th year of the award program. According to today’s ACPS Express newsletter, the honor “recognizes excellence in education in the region.”

Students, their families, ACPS saff, and Alexandria residents are all welcome to participate. To nominate a teacher and principal, the newsletter advises following these guidelines:

  • To nominate a teacher, send a written statement of support to their principal by Oct. 24, 2022. Each principal, in partnership with the staff, 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 [email protected] by Oct. 24, 2022.

Teacher Eligibility 

To be eligible, teachers are required to be full-time educators, instructing students in pre-k through 12th grade. They must be employed by an accredited school in the metro area. Five years of experience is required for consideration, including three in their current school system. Nominees 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 2022-23 school year.

Principal Eligibility 

To be eligible, principals are required to be full-time principals in schools that instruct students in pre-k through 12th grade. They must be employed by an accredited school in the metro area. Five years of experience as a principal is required for consideration, including three in their current school system. Nominees 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 2022-23 school year.

The honorees will be announced in April of next year. First, an ACPS panel will select the ACPS Teacher and Principal of the Year. These winners will have their names submitted as finalists for the Post’s awards.

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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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