Award Details

Nomination Deadline:  May 1

The NCTE Secondary Section wishes to recognize and celebrate high school classroom teachers.

All state, provincial, regional, and local affiliates are eligible to submit a Nomination Form along with supporting materials.

Award Criteria:
Each affiliate will annually determine one person in that affiliate to receive the award from the Secondary Section. Each affiliate is at liberty to select a person for this honor in the manner of its choice.

Award Specifics:
Each recipient will be recognized with a certificate at the Secondary Section Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention. Each recipient will be responsible for purchasing his or her own luncheon ticket and tickets for any guests. Reserved seating will be offered along with a booklet highlighting comments from the letters of recommendation.

The affiliate contact person is responsible for submitting the Nomination Form along with the honoree’s resume and signed letters of support from at least TWO different constituencies—principal, supervisor, chairperson, peer, parent, or student—about contributions in the classroom and excellent practices exhibited by the recipient.

The Nomination Form and supporting materials must be submitted by May 1 to or by postal mail to NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence Award, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.

Note: If you are a colleague who wishes to nominate a teacher for this award, please submit nomination materials to your local NCTE affiliate for first-round consideration.

NCTE will send an email confirming that the nomination has been received. Nominating affiliates are asked to contact NCTE if they have not received a confirmation email.

Each affiliate will annually determine one person in that affiliate to receive the award from the Secondary Section. Each affiliate is at liberty to select a person for this honor in the manner of its choice. An affiliate’s governing board might acknowledge someone who has previously won an award within the affiliate, thus moving that person’s recognition to a national level, or the affiliate might advertise for applications for nominations before choosing a winner.

NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence Award Winners

Tracy Lynn Weaver, Mountain View High School, Mesa, AZ
Theron Hopkins, Inspire School of Arts and Sciences, Chico, CA
Shirley A. Rutter, Weeki Wachee High School, Weeki Wachee, FL
Amber M. Simmons, Brookwood High School, Snellville, GA
Genevieve Sherman, Zion-Benton Township High School, Zion, IL
Jodie K. Scales, Wapahani High School, Selma, IN
Geryl Lobert, Chippewa Hills High School, Remus, MI
Caitlin Chiller, Whitehall School District, Whitehall, MT
Deborah Ward, Burke High School, Omaha, NE
Lou Ventura, Olean High School, Olean, NY
Lena Moore, Sheridan High School, Thornville, OH
Jonathan P. DeBor, The Neighborhood Academy, Pittsburgh, PA
Samantha M. Peil, Deubrook Area School District, White, SD
Rhonda Shelton, Lewisville High School, Lewisville, TX
Victoria Ingroff Garren, Thomas Jefferson High School, Richmond, VA

Patty Brundage-Rude, North High School, Bakersfield, CA
Kate Flowers, Santa Clara High School, Santa Clara, CA
Julie Henderson Rucker, Tift County High School, Tifton, GA
David Theune, Spring Lake High School, Spring Lake, MI
Jeffrey Ross, Belt High School, Belt, MT
Jenni Erhart, Osceola High School, Osceola, NE
Karalee Pugmire, Mojave High School, North Las Vegas, NV
Michelle G. Bulla, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY
Joshua M. Younge, Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center, Chillicothe, OH
Jennifer Novotney, MMI Preparatory School, Freeland, PA
Leigh Unterspan, Travelers Rest High School, Travelers Rest, SC
Kirsten Rohla, Belle Fourche High School, Fourche, SD
Dee Grimm, Turner Ashby High School, Bridgewater, VA

Carissa Morrison, Seligman High School, Seligman, AZ
Gillian Schneider, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, IL
Brent Peters, Fern Creek Traditional High School, Louisville, KY
Sandy Safford, Cheboygan High School, Cheboygan, MI
Pat Brauer, Seward High School, Seward, NE
Janet Matthews, Westlake High School, Thornwood, NY
Samantha J. Shaffner, Franklinton Preparatory Academy High School, Columbus, OH
Cynthia Minnich, Upper Dauphin Area School District, Elizabethville, PA
Jason G. Kurtz, Harrisburg High School, Harrisburg, SD
Donna Friend, Hebron High School, Carrollton, TX
Karrie Rinder, Dominion High School, Sterling, VA

Joann E. Martin, North High School, Phoenix, AZ
Anne Sahlberg, McKinleyville High School, McKinleyville, CA
Sarah Zerwin, Fairview High School, Boulder, CO
Theresa Vara-Dannen, University High School of Science and Engineering, Hartford, CT
Cathy Taylor Bell, George Jenkins High School, Lakeland, FL
Emily A. Mowery, Armuchee High School, Rome, GA
Michelle Ryan, Lincoln Community High School, Lincoln, IL
Steven Maack, Wichita High School East, Wichita, KS
Terry Hiemer, Crete High School, Crete, NE
Sarah Mulhein Gross, High Technology High School, Lincoft, NJ
Julie Roos, Canyon Springs HS & Leadership & Law Preparatory Academy, North Las Vegas, NV
Julene Waffle, Morris Central School, Morris, NY
Kate Hoffman, State College High School, State College, PA
Christopher L. Dowlen, Martin Luther King Magnet, Nashville, TN
Paul Jenkins, Prince Edwards County High School, Farmville, VA
Blair L. Perzentka, Marshall High School, Marshall, WI

Jan Carteaux, Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Scottsdale, AZ
Tracy Sprague, West High School, Torrance, CA
Ola Harb, Bartow High School, Bartow, FL
Christy Grigsby, Early College Academy, Columbus, GA
Jonelle Warnock, West Junior High School, Boise, ID
Brandie Trent, Fleming County High School, Flemingsburg, KY
Danielle Marsh, Shepherd High School, Shepherd, MI
Glenda Skillen-Robison, Hysham Public Schools, Hysham, MT
Clark A. Kolterman, Seward High School, Seward, NE
Jennifer Ansbach, Manchester Township High School, Manchester, NH
Beth Karnick, West Fargo Public Schools, West Fargo, ND
Fawn Canady, West Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, NV
Stephanie Eriksson, Blanchester High School, Blanchester, OH
Harvey Edwards, Selinsgrove Area High School, Selinsgrove, PA
Amanda Goss, John H. Guyer High School, Denton, Corinth, TX
Carrie Honaker, Hidden Valley High School, Roanoke, VA

Tara Seale, Bryant High School, Bryant, AR
Dan Reynolds, Mt. Diablo High School, Concord, CA
Paula Taylor-Greathouse, Riverview High School, Sarasota, FL
Katie Green, Milton High School, Milton, GA
Brandon J. Bolyard, Vallivue High School, Caldwell, ID
Jared Morningstar, Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, Saginaw, MI
Josh Hirman, Central High School, St. Paul, MN
James L. Thompson, Bozeman High School, Bozeman, MT
Daniel Boster, Ralston High School, Ralston, NE
Jennifer Culver, Hebron High School, Carrollton, TX
April King, Austintown Fitch High School, Austintown, Boardman, OH
Sarah Tanner-Anderson, Amelia County High School, Amelia, VA

Alicia Francis, Conway High East, Conway, AR
Carrie Danielson, Olympian High School, Chula Vista, CA
Wendi Wooddell, Winter Haven High School, Winter Haven, FL
Ike Thompson, Veterans High School, Kathleen, GA
Sarah Brown Wessling, Johnston Community School District, Johnston, IA
Barbara J. Mann, Walton-Verona High School, Walton, KY
Claudette L. Brassil, Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, ME
John Rutherford, W.E. Groves High School, Beverly Hills, MI
Jennifer Kulm, Annandale High School, Annandale, MN
Nancy Schulz, East Butler High School, Brainard, NE
Nannette McMurtry, Coppell High School, Coppell, TX
Heather Campbell, Arlington Heights Academy, Cincinnati, KY
Lisa Mitchell, Lake Oswego High School Lake, Oswego, OR
Carol Peterson, Northside High School, Memphis, TN
Cathy Forester, East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, TN
Jennifer Isgitt, Fossil Ridge High School, Keller, TX
Katherine M. Nelson, Arrowhead Union High School, Hartland, WI

Kathleen J. Deakin, Basha High School, Chandler, Gilbert, AZ
Nancy Dickinson, Clements High School, Sugar Land, Sugar Land, TX
Kate Mulcahy, Northglenn High School, Northglenn, Denver, CO
Anita Huenke, Clearwater Central Catholic High School, Clearwater, Safety Harbor, FL
Dana Huff, The Weber School, Atlanta, GA
Kimberly A. Mlineeman, Francis Howell School District, St. Charles, MO
Randy R. Jackson, Eastside High School, Taylors, SC
JoannaBaniaiga, Hanalani Schools, Miliani, HI
Brandon Abdon, Highlands High School, Ft. Thomas, KY
Renee Liepold, Erskine Academy, South China, ME
Therese Petrongelli, Harrison High School, Harrison, MI
Heidi Dresser, New York Mills High School, New York Mills, MN
Susan M. Oles, Central High, Omaha, NE
James A. Brooks, West Wilkes High School, Millers Creek, NC
Jennifer K. Gabler, Greencastle-Atrim High School, Greencastle, PA
Caroline Goodman, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis, TN
Cathy Parsons, Hume Fogg Magnet School, Nashville, TN
Sara Zeek, Lord Botetourt High School, Daleville, VA

Becky Dobelstein, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, Birmingham, AL
Sue Shipp, South Side Bee Branch, Bee Branch, AR
Michael Sweet, Lester B. Pearson High School, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Brian Jeffrey, Los Osos High School, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Paul DeMaret, Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, CO
Abigail Kennedy, Pasco High School, Dade City, FL
Marcia Wright, Pickens High School, Canton, GA
Kathleen Clesson, University High School, Heyworth, IL
Chris Crouch, Highlands High School, Ft. Thomas, KY
Elizabeth Boeser, Bloomington-Jefferson High School, Minneapolis, MN
Dianne Bolin, Davidson Academy, Nashville, TN
Charles Gould, Millard South High School, Omaha, NB
Dana Maloney, Tenafly High School, West Orange, NJ
Elizabeth Roemer, Island Trees High School, Levittown, NY
Sue Kepler, Theordore Roosevelt High School, Kent, OH
Patricia Bell, Karns City High School, Butler, PA
Barry Gilmore, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, TN
Debbie Mitchell, Wade Hampton High School, Greenville, SC
Sue Morrell, Wagner Community Schools, Wagner, SD
Diana Womble, Hickman County High School, Centerville, TN
Kausam Salam, Cy-Fair High School, Houston, TX
Carolyn Perry, Loudoun Valley High School, Hamilton, VA
Mary Beaman Risch, Tomah High School, Tomah, WI

Cynthia Kiefer, Saguaro High School, Scottsdale, AZ
Sherry Roland, Valley View High School, Jonesboro, AR
Kevin Wright, Chambly Academy, Montreal, Canada
Joshua Curnett, Eaglecrest High School, Centennial, CO
Lynn R. Fite, Ash County High School, West Jefferson, NC
Mary Lynn Huie, Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA
Jessica Cavazos, Ritenour High School, St. Louis, MO
Mary B. Nicolini, Penn High School, South Bend, IN
Judy Beemer, Junction City High School, Junction City, KS
Latishia Sparks, Greenup County High School, Greenup, KY
Stasha Simon, Petoskey High School, Petoskey, MI
Dorothy Miller, Fillmore Central High School, Geneva, NB
Jill Pinard, John Stark Reg. High School, Weare, NH
Dorene Kahl, Eldorado High School, Albuquerque, NM
Rosalie Rafter, Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, Hewlett Bay Park, NY
Polly Sexton Jones, Lakeland High School, Lakeland, Florida
Meridith M. Niekamp, Upper Arlington School, Upper Arlington, OH
Dean Smith, Big Spring High School, Newville, PA
Dianne Young, Bolton High School, Arlington, TN
Ginger Dunker, South Aiken High School, Aiken, SC
Ginger Reese, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, TN
Kathy R. Smaltz, Brentsville District High School, Nokesville, VA
John Gildea, Springfield High School, Springfield, PA

Carolyn B. Jennings, J.A. Fair High School’Little Rock, AR
Pirette McKamey, Mission High School, San Francisco, CA
Carrie Danielson, Olympian High School, Chula Vista, CA
Diana Benkert, Berthoud High School, Berthoud, CO
Megan Pankiewicz, Winter Springs High School, Winter Springs, FL
Sally Loughran, Westside High School, Macon, GA
Herbert Ramlose, Zion-Benton High School, Zion, IL
Thomas Lough, Columbia City High School, Columbia City, IN
Devra Parker, Burlington High School, Burlington, KS
Carrie Lichtenberg, Highlands High School, Fort Thomas, KY
Mary Cecilia Cox, Renaissance High School, Detroit, MI
Scott Hall, Irondale High School, New Brighton, MN
Landon Pollard, Lanier High School, Jackson, MS
April Warren-Grice, Ritenour High School, St. Louis, MO
Cathie English, Aurora High School, Aurora, NE
Amy Powell, First Flight High School, Kill Devil, NC
Karla Bisig, Wilmington High School, Wilmington, OH
Tim Gillespie, Lake Oswego High School, Lake Oswego, OR
Martina K. Fegan, Greencastle-Antrim High School, Greencastle, PA
Carol S. Jackson, Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, SC
Sue Gilmore, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School, Nashville, TN
Barbara Springer, South Jordan Middle School, South Jordan, UT
Natasha Heny, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, VA
Doris J. Sexton, West Bend High School , West Bend, WI

Glenda Bice, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, Irondale, AL
Thelma Tarver, Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, AR
Carol Jago, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, CA
Shelia Kaehny, Thornton High School, Thornton, CO
Louis W. Rowland, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL
Kathleen McKenzie, Cass High School, Cartersville, GA
Mary R. Philip, Belleville East High School, Belleville, IL
John Williamson, Highland Hills High School, Fort Thomas, KY
Janice Schmidt, Dearborn Public Schools, Dearborn, MI
Martha Cosgrove, Edina High School, Edina, Minnesota, Eagan, MN
Maridella Carter, Blue Springs South High School, Blue Springs, MO
Sharon Bishop, Heartland Community Schools, Henderson, NB
Mary E. Fay, Monadnock Regional High School, Swanzey, NH
Margo K. Smith, Ridgewood High School, Ridgeway, NJ
Regina Dunlavey Derrico, Williamsville East High School, East Amherst, NY
Dolores Cupo, South Caldwell High School, Hudson, NC
Sandina Alexander, Manchester Local, Manchester, OH
Melonie Hau, Deer Creek High School, Edmond, OK
Billy Pullen, Germantown High, Germantown, TN
Shari Ray, St Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis, TN
Mark Spencer, Davis High School, Kaysville, UT
Nancy S. Moskway-Vadersen, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, VA
Robert Dandoy, Karns City High School, Karns City, Pennsylvania
Bonnie Frechette, West DePere High School, De Pere, WI

Leslie Franzblau, Rincon High School, Tucson, AZ
Sushanna Ellington, Vintage High School, Napa, CA
Catherine Linn, Palm Springs High School, Palm Springs, CA
Jim Hobbs, East High School, Denver, CO
Diane Bondurant, Lake Region High School, Eagle Lake, FL
Dawn Burnette, Mcintosh High School, Peachtree City, GA
Janis Mottern-High, Twin Falls High School, Twin Falls, ID
Elise Womack, Zion-Benton Township High School, Zion, IL
Nancy Orr Elliott, Ubly High School, Ubly, MI
Robert Strandquist, Eagan High School, Eagan, MN
Donna Miller, Chinook High School, Chinook, MT
Caroline Sevilla Allen, Auburn High School, Auburn, NE
Elizabeth A. Hansel, Keene High School, Keene, NH
Deanie Harris Dunbar, Mattamuskeet High School, Swan Quarter, NC
Sheila Cantlebary, South High School Urban Academy, Columbus, OH
Dianna Lynn Just, Vinita High School, Vinita, OK
Brenda Robinette, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, TN
Diane Rutherford, Maryville High School, Maryville, TN
Elizabeth Dixon, Menomonee Falls High School, Menomonee Falls, WI