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Educator Recognition Programs

Distinguished Elementary Educators

Superintendents, Principals, Teachers and Other Interested Parties
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
December 19, 2013


The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education would like to identify distinguished elementary (K-5) teachers and principals throughout the Commonwealth. These educators may be considered for advisory boards, task forces, and special recognition programs.

We are very fortunate to have a rich pool of exemplary, experienced educators who have been identified in previous years. However, our goal is to continually replenish this important resource of educator commitment and expertise by identifying educators relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unique instructional and leadership ability. Such educators exemplify teaching and leading at its best and their contributions have a profound impact on students, colleagues, and the community.

We ask that you recommend one to three educators who have not received major recognition beyond their school or district. Because we are looking for educators who will continue to serve the profession in the future, please only consider educators with fewer than eighteen years of experience in education.

Please provide CONFIDENTIAL, specific information about your candidate(s) on the enclosed three-page form. Please include a one-page letter in addition to the form in which you address how the candidate meets the criteria mentioned in this memo. Completed forms must be sent by Friday, March 7, 2014, to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Attn. Deborah J. Walker, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148.

If you prefer, you can fax this information to 781-338-3370, Attn. Deborah Walker, or email

I encourage you to recommend outstanding local candidates.

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Last Updated: January 2, 2014
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