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Distinguished Elementary Educators – Request for Nominations

To:Superintendents, Principals, Teachers, and Other Interested Parties
From:Jeffrey Nellhaus, Acting Commissioner
Date:April 2008


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 base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool who have been, and continue to be, a valuable resource. What is particularly lacking at this time is representation from educators who are relatively new to the profession and demonstrate unusual instructional and leadership ability. Such educators exhibit an inspiring presence that has 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 give special consideration to educators with 10 or fewer years experience in education.

Please provide CONFIDENTIAL, specific information about your candidate(s) on the enclosed three-page form Download MS WORD Document. 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, May 16, 2008 to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Attn. Deborah J. Walker, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148.

If you prefer, you can fax this information to 781-338-3318, Attn. Deborah Walker, or email

Last Updated: April 25, 2008
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