How to Write a Letter to Nominate Your Teacher for an Excellence in Education Award

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The Excellence in Education award is given to a teacher with an outstanding career achievement. The award brings recognition to the teacher and typically includes a cash prize as well. Nominating your teacher for an Excellence in Education award is a great way to show your appreciation for your teacher, as well as honor his commitment and dedication to teaching. The process of nomination is simple and can be organized if you know which documentation is required.

Things You'll Need

  • Writing material (pen, paper).

Where to Start.

  • Gather information about your teacher. A brief resume would do. Collect letters of recommendations from your other teachers to validate your choice. With this and other material proof of your choice, begin your task.

  • Address the letter to the person or persons who will ultimately make the decision. Start with a salutation and a formal but friendly address. Introduce yourself and the purpose of your letter. This information should be condensed into one opening paragraph.

  • In the second paragraph, introduce your teacher. Give the basic details first, such as name, location, a brief job description. Remember that you will be attaching a resume with your letter, so there is no need to go into excessive detail here. Just give a brief introduction, and then clearly state why you believe your teacher is the best nominee for this award.

  • In the third paragraph, describe how the teacher has affected you. This should be the most detailed part of your letter, where you should make a personal appeal and add experiences that make the teacher stand out as unique and extraordinary.

  • Conclude the letter by thanking the person or persons you are addressing for their time and sign off. Do not forget to give your own details (name, address, telephone number, school, grade) at the end of your letter. These are important references that the award committee will require.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make the letter as personal and engaging as possible. Remember that you are representing your teacher and it is up to you to present him in the most favorable light.
  • Presentation is important, as is expression. Run a spell check and revise the draft of your letter to make sure it is worded effectively and correctly.
  • Label all the attached documents for the convenience of the people who will be reading them; this labeling of supporting documents attests to your organization and determination.
  • Check the facts carefully before writing. Misrepresentation or exaggeration can result in disqualification.
  • Check the address of the award committee, so the letter reaches its destination.
  • Double-check your own address and all accompanying reference numbers and names to ensure that there is nothing omitted or stated improperly.

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