The Foundation for Excellence is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that honors outstanding teachers, administrators, and students by annually presenting awards and grants.


Dr. Eunice Kang, Clarke Central High School

2019 Bank of America Fine Arts Grant Recipient

“I believe that observing live performances by world class artists of diverse colors and backgrounds should be mandatory for all student musicians.” 

Foundation News

FFE Announces 2022 Award Winners

Frieda M. Thomas Teacher of Promise Awards 

Levi Carr, Clarke Central High School

William Lowe, Cedar Shoals High School


Bertis Downs District Services Awards

Lashanda Callaway, Hilsman Middle School

Margaret Smith, Howard B. Stroud Elementary School


Howard B. Stroud Community Service Award 

Hannah Nelson, Howard B. Stroud Elementary


Michael Peter Horvat Secondary Coaches’ Award

Josh Campbell, Cedar Shoals High School


Friends of Eve Carson Excellence in Teaching Award

Janice Stephen, Howard B. Stroud Elementary


Newland Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award

Lauren Benbrook, Howard B. Stroud Elementary


Walter Allen, Sr. Inspiring Teacher Award

Marc Ginsberg, Cedar Shoals High School


Galis Family Award for Teachers of History and Social Studies

Andrew Wheeler, Clarke Central High School


Frusanna S. Booth Chair for Teachers of English and Language Arts

Jennifer Tesler, Clarke Central High School


Charlotte Brown Chair for Teachers of Special Education

Charissa Swan, Clarke Middle School


Lamar Dodd Chair for Teachers of Fine Arts

Rosemary Milsap, Cedar Shoals High School


Jenny Penney Oliver Chair for Counselors and Student Support Personnel

Lauren McElhannon, David C. Barrow Elementary School


Margaret & Raymond Pondsoldt Chair for Elementary School Teachers

Bertina Hunt, Howard B. Stroud Elementary School 

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"Great teaching doesn’t just happen.”

Conor Naughton, Hilsman Middle School

2018 Frieda M. Thomas Teacher of Promise Award Recipient


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