Juneau Calls for Nominations for 2010 Montana History Teacher of the Year

Thursday, February 11, 2010
By Jessica Rhoades

Norma Ashby 406.453.7078
Jessica Rhoades 406.444.3160

Juneau Calls for Nominations for 21st Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award for Montana History Teacher of the Year

(HELENA) - Middle School principals are invited to nominate a 7th or 8th grade teacher in their school who is doing an exemplary job in teaching Montana history during the 2009-2010 school year.

Nominations may be emailed to Award Coordinator Norma Ashby at ashby7@q.com. Nominations should include the teacher’s name, grade level, school, address, phone number, principal’s name, and email address.

"It is so important to recognize and honor the educators who lead our kids to a deeper understanding of our history and in the process prepare them to shape our future," said Juneau.

The deadline for nominations is February 26.  All nominees will receive an entry form with the deadline for returning their entry May 7. A portfolio of materials used by the teacher and two letters of endorsement, one from the principal and one from a student are requested.

The winner will be given the 21st Annual Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award as the 2010 Montana History Teacher of the Year.  The prize is a plaque and $1250 for the purchase of Montana history materials for her or his school library, reimbursement for lunch and bus mileage.
The winner and his or her class will travel to Helena on Monday, Nov 8 for the award ceremony and to ring the Montana Statehood Centennial Bell in the State Capitol in recognition of Montana Statehood day.

Sponsored by News Stations KRTV, Great Falls, KXLF, Butte; KPAX M Missoula, and KTVQ, Billings and the Sons & Daughters of Montana Pioneers in cooperation with the Office of Public Instruction, this program recognizes outstanding teachers in 7th-8th grades in even numbered years and 4th-5th  grades in odd numbered years and gives students and opportunity to experience history in action.



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