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NCTE Outstanding Middle Level Educator in the English Language Arts Award
2018 Winner: Yolanda Gonzales
Yolanda Gonzales teaches 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts at The Joe Barnhart Academy in Beeville, Texas.
“With the 21 st Century classroom, comes the perpetual need for ongoing learning communities and professional development. Education has to be an experience for the student–not just the consumption of lessons presented by the adult in the room. With that realization, I seek professional learning activities that incorporate technology into the English classroom as a medium to improve the quality of interaction.”
Learn more about Yolanda through her Award Narrative.
The award was presented at the Middle Level Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention in Houston, Texas.
Nomination Deadline: May 1
To recognize exceptional English language arts teachers of grades 6-8 who have demonstrated excellence in teaching English language arts and inspired a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning in their students.
Applicants should be full-time English language arts teachers of students in grades 6-8 (“full-time” is defined as that school district’s standard number of contact hours with students) and have taught for at least five years in a public or private school in the United States, its territories, or Canada. Applicants do not have to be a member of NCTE to apply and may be nominated by a supervisor or teaching peer who can provide credible evidence of achievements or be self-nominated.
Applicants should demonstrate exceptional abilities in these categories:
- Fostering a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning
- Utilizing scholarship from literature, writing, or other appropriate fields
- Utilizing the twelve interrelated NCTE content standards
- Participating in professional activities such as workshops, curriculum development, committees, other association activities, and the like.
The award recipient is presented a plaque at the Middle Level Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention.
The Nomination Form and supporting materials must be submitted by May 1.
All nominations must contain the following items:
- Nomination Form—Answer all questions and submit all materials.
- Nominator Narrative—Not to exceed 5 pages (double-spaced). Nominator details examples of the nominee’s exemplary English language arts teaching.
- Nominee Narrative—Not to exceed 3 pages (double-spaced). Nominee details examples of his/her exemplary English language arts teaching.
- Two Letters of Support—Each not to exceed one page. One letter must be from a parent or student and the other from a supervisor or teaching peer (other than the nominator).
- Nominee’s Teaching Schedule—A copy of the nominee’s schedule outlining teaching day/week. The information provided should be as detailed as possible to represent the nominee’s responsibilities during the teaching day/week.
- Nominee’s Resumé
An award committee selected by the Middle Level Section Steering Committee determines the recipient from nomination applications submitted during the year. For full consideration, award applications must be postmarked no later than May 1. Middle Level Section Steering Committee members are not eligible for this award during their tenure.
NCTE Outstanding Middle Level Educator in the English Language Arts Award Winners
2017 David Rockower The Delta Middle Level Program, State College, PA (Award Narrative)
2016 Kristine Shurina, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, Bridgewater, NJ (Award Narrative)
2015 Sandra Kowalczyk, Patrick Marsh Middle School, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (Award Narrative)
2014 Fran H. Squires, Pine View School of Osprey, Florida (Award Narrative)