Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By Julie Saylor



The Indian Education Division at the Office of Public Instruction is soliciting nominations for an important opportunity – the Advocacy Award for Excellence in Indian Education for All, in honor of one of Montana’s finest educators, Teresa Veltkamp.   Teresa was a classroom teacher and Indian Education Specialist at OPI who was passionate and inspirational in her efforts to ensure and support the highest levels of implementation of Indian Education for All in Montana. 


Please give consideration to this opportunity to acknowledge and honor an outstanding educator’s efforts in the promotion of and steadfast support for Indian Education for All.  The nominee should be an exceptionally skillful, dedicated teacher who has earned the respect of students and colleagues.


The award will be presented during the 6th Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference February 27-28, 2012 at the Billings Crowne Plaza Hotel.


Please address the following guidelines in your letter of nomination:

  • Nominee (position, school, contact information): 
  • Nominator(s) – contact information 
  • Description of leadership and involvement in Indian Education for All:
  • How has the nominee broadened his/her knowledge of Montana tribes?  How has the nominee influenced or impacted his/her learning community (student, colleagues, community members)?  What instructional strategies does he/she use to effectively integrate Indian Education for All in teaching?  How does he/she create an inclusive classroom environment? 
  • Include two letters of support; they can be from peers, students, administrators, community members. 
  • Provide any supporting documentation available, e.g. student work, photo documentation, newsletters, etc.

Send nomination letter by email, fax or regular mail to Joan Franke by January 20, 2012:


jfranke@mt.gov                     Fax  406-444-3924                   Joan Franke    

                                                                                                OPI Indian Education

                                                                                                PO Box 202501

                                                                                                Helena, MT  59620





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