Awards List

Each award below includes a PDF document with the nomination information. However, the actual nominations MUST be done             . Review the nomination packet prior to submitting an individual for an award in order to ensure that they meet eligibility and criteria requirements.

Annual Awards

 

Excellence in Teaching

The Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize superior classroom teachers and are awarded for a two-year term for $500 each year. These awards are named in honor of the following:  Friends of Eve Carson, Newland Family Foundation, Joan D. Humphries, and Ken Sherman Double Century. Read more about these honorees on the FFE website

 

Qualifications: These awards recognize superior classroom teachers who:

  • Have completed at least five years of teaching experience with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification or permit;

  • Are employed by the CCSD as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination (retiring teachers are eligible to receive the award);

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have never previously received an Excellence in Teaching Award.

 

Term: This award is presented to two teachers per year, for two years each, at a level of $500 per year. In odd-numbered years, the Joan D. Humphries and the Ken Sherman Double Century Excellence in Teaching Awards are presented; in even-numbered years, the Friends of Eve Carson and the Newland Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards are presented (the same nomination is used for all these awards).

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Howard B. Stroud Community Service

The Howard B. Stroud Community Service Award is presented each year to a Clarke County School District employee who puts the well-being of the school district and its students above the advancement of self. Read more about Mr. Stroud on the FFE website.

 

Qualifications: Eligible employees are those who:

  • Are employed by the Clarke County School District as a non-certificated employee on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination;

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have never previously received the Howard B. Stroud Community Service Award.

 

Term: This award is presented to one recipient per year at a level of $500.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Bertis Downs District Services

The Bertis Downs District Services Award is presented each year to two (2) Clarke County School District employees who serve in one of the following departments: Plant Services, Custodial Operations, School Nutrition, Transportation, or Security. The nominee should be an individual who cheerfully connects with students and staff on a daily basis and demonstrates a desire to serve well in an assigned support role. Read more about Mr. Downs on the FFE website.

 

Qualifications: Eligible employees are those who:

  • Are employed by the Clarke County School District as a non-certificated employee on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination;

  • Serve in the plant services, custodial operations, school nutrition, transportation, or security departments of the district services umbrella;

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have never previously received the Bertis Downs District Services Award.

 

Term: This award is presented to two recipients per year at a level of $500.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Freida M. Thomas Teacher of Promise

The Freida M. Thomas Teacher of Promise Award is presented each year to an outstanding teacher with no more than four years of experience. The award is designed to recognize early-career teachers at any grade level who spark enthusiasm for learning and achievement in students; who continually seek to improve content knowledge and practice and willingly share methods and materials with others; who effectively communicate and collaborate with others and apply problem-solving strategies to enhance teaching, learning, and the school community; and who possess a clear sense of vision, purpose, and integrity that inspires and motivates others. Read more about Mrs. Thomas on the FFE website.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Have completed no more than four years of teaching experience;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification or permit;

  • Are employed by the Clarke County School District as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination;

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have never previously received the Freida M. Thomas Teacher of Promise Award.

 

Term: This award is presented to one teacher per year at a level of $500.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Michael Peter Horvat Secondary Coaches’

The Michael Peter Horvat Secondary Coaches’ Award will be presented each year to a Clarke County School District employee who serves as a coach on one or more sports teams at the middle and/or high school level.  Certified, classified, and lay personnel may be nominated.  The nominee should be an individual who inspires and motivates student athletes to excel and who promotes the values of teamwork and sacrifice that Michael modeled.  Read more about Michael on the FFE website.

 

Qualifications: Eligible employees are those who:

  • Are employed by the Clarke County School District on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination (retiring coaches are eligible to receive the award);

  • Have completed two years in a coaching capacity in the CCSD;

  • Serve as a head or assistant coach for one or more sports teams at the middle and/or high school level;

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have not received the Michael Peter Horvat Secondary Coaches’ Award in the previous five (5) year period.

 

Term: This award is presented to one (1) recipient per year at a level of $500.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Galis Family Award for Teachers of History and Social Studies

The Galis Family Award for Teachers of History and Social Studies is awarded biennially (even-numbered years only) to honor a teacher whose excellence in teaching elementary, middle, or high school history or social studies has had a positive and inspirational impact on students. Read more about the Galis family on the Foundation for Excellence website.

 

Nominations:    Nominations may be made by principals/supervisors, colleagues, students, parents, or community members. Nominators should work with the nominee to solicit letters of support and prepare and submit the packet by the deadline. There is no limit to the number of nominations made by any one school.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Prior to the year in which nomination takes place, have at least five years of teaching experience in history and/or social studies, with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification or permit;

  • Are employed by a Clarke County school as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination;

  • Do not currently hold any other Foundation award; and

  • Have never previously received the Galis Family Award for Teachers of History and Social Studies

 

Term: This award is presented for two years at a level of $500 per year. Nominations for this award are accepted only in years ending in an even number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Walter Allen, Sr. Inspiring Teacher

The Walter Allen, Sr. Inspiring Teacher Award is presented each year to an outstanding teacher who goes beyond his or her classroom teaching role to encourage, motivate and mentor students to reach their full potential. This is an annual $500 award to a teacher with at least five years of experience in any grade or subject. Read more about Dr. Allen on the Foundation for Excellence website.

 

Nominations:    Nominations may be made by principals/supervisors, colleagues, students, parents, or community members. Nominators should work with the nominee to solicit letters of support and prepare all documents for submission. There is no limit to the number of nominations made by any one school.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Prior to the year in which nomination takes place, have at least five years of teaching experience, with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification or permit;

  • Are employed by a Clarke County school as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination;

  • Do not currently hold any other Foundation award; and

  • Have never previously received the Walter Allen, Sr. Inspiring Teacher Award

 

Term: This award is presented to one teacher per year, at a level of $500.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Seasoned Teacher

The Seasoned Teacher Award is awarded biennially (odd-numbered years only) and honors dedicated teachers who have taught fifteen years or more (at least ten in the Clarke County School District) and are recognized as outstanding instructional leaders and mentors. Award recipients are characterized by an enthusiastic love of teaching and known for inspiring students to do their best while providing an enjoyable and challenging learning environment. This award was endowed by longtime CCSD teacher Peggy Cole; read more about her on the FFE website.

 

Qualifications: These awards recognize superior classroom teachers who:

  • Have completed at least fifteen years of teaching experience with at least ten years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification or permit;

  • Are employed by the CCSD as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination (retiring teachers are eligible to receive the award);

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have never previously received the Seasoned Teacher Award.

 

Term: This award is presented for two years at a level of $500 per year. Nominations for this award are accepted only in years ending in an odd number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Kathryn H. Hug Instructional Leadership

The Kathryn H. Hug Instructional Leadership Award is awarded biennially (odd-numbered years only) to a district employee whose professional performance demonstrates the skill to design and/or implement an effective instructional program that meets appropriate learning needs for Clarke County students; whose effective communication and collaboration skills connect a variety of people within a school, the district, and the community to address a recognized instructional need; and who nurtures the leadership capacity of others. Read more about Dr. Hug on the FFE website.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Have completed at least five years of teaching experience with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching or leadership certification or permit;

  • Are employed by the CCSD as a full-time or part-time educator on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination (retiring teachers are eligible to receive the award);

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have never previously received the Kathryn H. Hug Instructional Leadership Award.

 

Term: This award is presented in odd-numbered years to one recipient for a two-year term at a level of $500/year.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

The following annual awards are chosen by Clarke County School District. Nominations are not accepted.

Mae M. Whatley Teacher of the Year

The Foundation presents this $1000 award each year to the Clarke County School District’s Teacher of the Year. Funding for the award was endowed by a gift from Coach James Whatley in memory of his wife, Mae.

C. Thomas Poss STAR Teacher

The Foundation presents this $250 award each year to the STAR Teacher from both Cedar Shoals HS and Clarke Central HS.

Janis J. Stephens Paraprofessional of the Year

The Foundation presents this $500 award each year to the Clarke County School District’s Paraprofessional of the Year.

 

Even Year Awards

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

The Frusanna S. Booth Chair for Teachers of English and Language Arts is awarded biennially (even-numbered years only) to honor a teacher whose excellence in teaching elementary, middle or high school language arts or English has had a positive and inspirational impact on students. Read more about Dr. Booth on the Foundation for Excellence website.

 

Nominations: Nominations may be made by principals/supervisors, colleagues, students, parents, or community members. Nominators should work with the nominee to solicit letters of support and prepare and submit the packet by the deadline. There is no limit to the number of nominations made by any one school.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Prior to the year in which nomination takes place, have at least five years of teaching experience in language arts and/or English, with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification;

  • Are employed by a Clarke County school as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the academic year of the nomination;

  • Do not currently hold any other Foundation award; and

  • Have never previously received the Frusanna S. Booth Chair for Teachers of English and Language Arts

 

Term: This chaired award is presented for two years at a level of $1250 per year. Nominations for this Chair are accepted only in years ending in an even number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Even Numbered Years

Charlotte Brown Chair for Teachers of Special Education 

The Charlotte Brown Chair for Teachers of Special Education is awarded biennially (even-numbered years only) to honor a master teacher trained to teach the District's intellectually, emotionally and/or physically disabled students. Read more about Charlotte Brown and past awardees on the Foundation for Excellence website.

 

Nominations: Nominations may be made by principals/supervisors, colleagues, students, parents, or community members. There is no limit to the number of nominations made by any one school.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Have completed at least five years of teaching experience in special education, with at least three years in the Clarke County School District (retiring teachers are eligible for this award);

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification in special education;

  • Are employed by the Clarke County School District as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination;

  • Do not currently hold any other Foundation award; and

  • Have never previously received the Charlotte Brown Chair for Teachers of Special Education

 

Term: This chaired award is presented for two years at a level of $1250 per year. Nominations for this Chair are accepted only in years ending in an even number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Even Numbered Years

Lamar Dodd Chair for Teachers of Fine Arts

The Lamar Dodd Chair for Teachers of Fine Arts is awarded biennially (even-numbered years only) to honor a teacher of art, music, drama, or dance at the elementary, middle, or high school level who exemplifies the ideal of excellence in instruction and possesses the ability to inspire creativity in students. Read more about Lamar Dodd on the Foundation for Excellence website.

 

Nominations: Nominations may be made by principals/supervisors, colleagues, students, parents, or community members. Nominators should work with the nominee to solicit letters of support and prepare and submit the packet by the deadline. There is no limit to the number of nominations made by any one school.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Prior to the year in which nomination takes place, have at least five years of teaching experience in fine arts (including art, dance, drama, or music), with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification in fine arts;

  • Are employed by a Clarke County school as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination;

  • Do not currently hold any other Foundation award; and

  • Have never previously received the Lamar Dodd Chair for Teachers of Fine Arts

 

Term: This chaired award is presented for two years at a level of $1250 per year. Nominations for this Chair are accepted only in years ending in an even number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Even Numbered Years

Jenny Penney Oliver Chair for Counselors and Student Support Personnel

The Jenny Penney Oliver Chair for Counselors and Support Personnel is awarded biennially (even-numbered years only) to recognize and honor those (including school counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, behavioral specialists, and graduation coaches) who nurture and care for students in the Clarke County School District in a holistic way, both inside and outside of the classroom. Read more about Dr. Oliver on the Foundation for Excellence website.

 

Nominations: Nominations may be made by principals/supervisors, colleagues, students, parents, or community members. Nominators should work with the nominee to solicit letters of support and prepare and submit the packet by the deadline. There is no limit to the number of nominations made by any one school.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Prior to the year in which nomination takes place, have at least five years of experience in roles supporting students (including school counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, behavioral specialists, and graduation coaches), with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification or permit;

  • Are employed by a Clarke County school as a full-time or part-time position on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination;

  • Do not currently hold any other Foundation award; and

  • Have never previously received the Jenny Penney Oliver Chair for Counselors and Support Personnel

 

Term: This chaired award is presented for two years at a level of $1250 per year. Nominations for this Chair are accepted only in years ending in an even number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Even Numbered Years

Margaret & Raymond Ponsoldt Chair for Elementary School Teachers

The Margaret & Raymond Ponsoldt Chair for Elementary School Teachers is awarded biennially (even-numbered years only) to recognize and reward outstanding teaching in the county’s elementary school classrooms. Read more about the Ponsoldts on the Foundation for Excellence website.

 

Nominations: Nominations may be made by principals/supervisors, colleagues, students, parents, or community members. Nominators should work with the nominee to solicit letters of support and prepare and submit the packet by the deadline. There is no limit to the number of nominations made by any one school.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Prior to the year in which nomination takes place, have at least five years of teaching experience at the elementary school level, with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification in elementary grades;

  • Are employed by a Clarke County school as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination;

  • Do not currently hold any other Foundation award; and

  • Have never previously received the Margaret & Raymond Ponsoldt Chair for Elementary School Teachers

 

Term: This chaired award is presented for two years at a level of $1250 per year. Nominations for this Chair are accepted only in years ending in an even number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Even Numbered Years

 

Odd Year Awards

Martha Comer Chair for Teachers of Languages

The Martha Comer Chair for Teachers of Languages is awarded biennially (odd-numbered years only) in her memory to honor a master teacher of foreign languages, classical languages, or English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at any level. Read more about Martha Comer on the Foundation for Excellence website.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Have completed at least five years of teaching experience in foreign language, classical language, and/or ESOL with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification;

  • Are employed by the CCSD as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination (retiring teachers are eligible to receive the award);

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have never previously received the Martha Comer Chair for Teachers of Languages.

 

Term: This chaired award is presented for two years at a level of $1250 per year. Nominations for this chair are accepted only in years ending in an odd number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Odd Numbered Years

Cardee Kilpatrick Chair for Middle School Teachers

The Cardee Kilpatrick Chair for Middle School Teachers is awarded biennially (odd-numbered years only) to recognize and reward outstanding teaching in the county’s middle school classrooms. Read more about Cardee Kilpatrick on the FFE website.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Have completed at least five years of teaching experience in middle schools with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification or permit in middle grades education;

  • Are employed by the CCSD as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination (retiring teachers are eligible to receive the award);

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have never previously received the Cardee Kilpatrick Chair for Middle School Teachers.

 

Term: This chaired award is presented for two years at a level of $1250 per year. Nominations for this chair are accepted only in years ending in an odd number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Odd Numbered Years

Ann M. Schindel Chair for Teachers of Mathematics

The Ann M. Schindel Chair for Teachers of Mathematics is awarded biennially (odd-numbered years only) to honor a teacher whose excellence in teaching elementary, middle, or high school mathematics has had a positive and inspirational impact on students. Read more about Dr. Schindel on the FFE website.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Have completed at least five years of teaching experience in mathematics with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification or permit;

  • Are employed by the CCSD as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination (retiring teachers are eligible to receive the award);

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have never previously received the Ann M. Schindel Chair for Teachers of Mathematics.

 

Term: This chaired award is presented for two years at a level of $1250 per year. Nominations for this chair are accepted only in years ending in an odd number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Odd Numbered Years

Thomas Whitehead Chair for Teachers of Science

The Thomas H. Whitehead Chair for Teachers of Science is awarded biennially (odd-numbered years only) to honor outstanding teaching in any branch of science at the elementary, middle, or high school level. Read more about Dr. Whitehead on the FFE website.

 

Qualifications: Eligible educators are those who:

  • Have completed at least five years of teaching experience in science with at least three years in the Clarke County School District;

  • Hold current Georgia teaching certification or permit;

  • Are employed by the CCSD as a full-time or part-time teacher on the first day of pre-planning of the calendar year of the nomination (retiring teachers are eligible to receive the award);

  • Do not currently hold any other FFE award; and

  • Have never previously received the Thomas H. Whitehead Chair for Teachers of Science.

 

Term: This chaired award is presented for two years at a level of $1250 per year. Nominations for this chair are accepted only in years ending in an odd number.

 

Once an individual is nominated, he/she will be contacted by the Foundation for Excellence to complete the application process.  Nominator information will be provided to the nominee, so that the nominator can assist with the application & supporting document requirements. 

Odd Numbered Years

Student Awards

 

The Foundation for Excellence annually presents several awards to outstanding CCSD students. (The recipients are selected by their schools, so there is no application or nomination form available from the Foundation.)

The Eve Carson Humanitarian Spirit Awards

The Eve Carson Humanitarian Spirit Award was established in 2009 to honor the life of Eve Marie Carson, a 2004 honor graduate of Clarke Central High School. In her brief life, Eve exhibited a human spirit that one yearns to achieve in a lifetime. Each elementary, middle and high school in the Clarke County School District selects one student in the exiting class (grades 5, 8, and 12) who best exemplifies the qualities exhibited by Eve to honor each spring.

 

Awards are given as follows:

 

5th grade – $50 gift card

8th grade – $100 gift card

12th grade – $500 check

The Gregg W. Lewis Scholar Athlete Awards

Gregg Lewis was an athlete and scholar who was a 1988 graduate of Clarke Central High School. Mr. Lewis lived the example of being both an athlete and a scholar while serving our country in the military. This award was created in his memory and is given to one male and one female student ($500 each) in the Clarke County School District who have participated in athletics all four years and have lettered in at least one sport. Of the candidates meeting these criteria, the two students (one male and one female) with the highest GPAs are chosen. If there is a tie in GPAs, the award will be based on rank in class. Beginning in 2015, the two runners-up for this award will also be recognized with $250 each.

The Marge Schneider Science Awards

The Marge Schneider Science Awards ($250 award at each traditional high school) honor a graduating senior at each high school who is a science honors student and who is active in service within the school or community. Award recipients are selected by the science department of their school.

The Charlotte and Claude Williams American History Awards

The Charlotte and Claude Williams American History Awards  ($250 award at each traditional high school) honor a junior at each high school who has excelled in both US history and government and who is active in service within the school or community. Award recipients are selected by the social studies department of their school. (This award was changed from a classroom grant to a student award beginning 2015.)

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