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Superintendent Juneau Seeks Outstanding Educators for the OPI "Talent Pool"

Superintendent Juneau and Teachers of the YearDo you know an educator who demonstrates exceptional instructional ability, is inspiring and exhibits professional leadership?

Each year, the Office of Public Instruction asks for recommendations of outstanding educators and administrators for the Superintendent's Talent Pool. Please take a moment to submit names of remarkable people from your area to be included.

The Superintendent's Talent Pool consists of K-12 Montana educators and administrators who are recommended to the Office of Public Instruction as outstanding professional educator for a number of reasons.

  • “Former students continually return to thank her for providing the inspiration they needed to reach for their highest level of achievement.”
  • “Her program has led to dramatic improvements in achievement for both remedial and gifted students.”
  • “He sees himself not as a lecturer but as a partner and a resource in his students' learning.”

To recommend an outstanding educator or administrator in your area, please complete the Talent Pool Recommendation Form.You may fill it out and submit it electronically, fax it to 444.2893 or mail it to the address on the form.

Nominations for the Talent Pool may be given anytime. However, May 1, 2012 is the cutoff date to nominate an educator for the 2011-2012 school year.

Members of the Superintendent's Talent Pool may be considered for placement on advisory boards and task forces, as well as special recognition programs. Some awards or board appointments require additional information. If the person you submit qualifies, the Office of Public Instruction may call you to fill out the extended form. Recommendations must be confidential and nominees must not know they are being considered.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Superintendent's Talent Pool, please contact Thea Whalen,, 444.5643