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SSTESOL Annual Outstanding Educator Award




SSTESOL Outstanding Educator Award:  Designed to recognize and honor TESOL/Bilingual Education professionals in the state of Florida who are considered outstanding by their colleagues.

Applications open:  July 10, 2023

Deadline:  September 21, 2023

Notifications: October 10, 2023


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SSTESOL Outstanding Educator Award

Purpose: To recognize and honor active TESOL/Bilingual Education professionals considered outstanding by their colleagues.

Who’s Eligible: Professional educators, administrators, or support staff with at least 5 years of experience in the field of ESOL in Florida. The nominee must be a member of Sunshine State TESOL. (If you are not a current member, you can get your membership here. )

Award: $500.00 USD to (1) K-12 or (1) higher education professional

Nomination Process: A one page letter of nomination must be submitted which includes a description of the accomplishments of the nominee and highlights of the achievements of the nominee. The letter of nomination should exemplify the qualities of the ESOL professional who will be recognized for excellence. Letter must be on letterhead, signed, scanned, and attached to the application form.

Additional information should be included to provide evidence of the criteria listed below:
  • Ability to motivate and inspire students as well as other professionals in the field;
  • A talent for engaging others in learning;
  • Exceptional professional service outside the classroom;
  • Involvement with professional colleagues/organizations; and
  • Continuing professional development.

Recommendation Letter: One additional letter of recommendation (one page maximum) will be submitted, providing information relevant to the factors above. Letter must be on letterhead, signed, scanned, and attached to the application form.

Supporting documentation: The nominee will send a vita or resume and a written statement (500 words max) focusing on:
  • Reasons for becoming an ESOL professional;
  • Professional philosophy; and
  • Plans for further education and other creative endeavors, or activities that will enhance his or her role in the field of language education.
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