Teacher of the Year

Purpose

The purpose of the Teacher of the Year contest is to recognize the outstanding conservation education efforts of Mississippi’s Teachers. All teachers grades K-6 and 7-12 in public, parochial, and private schools in Mississippi are eligible to participate in the program.

Eligibility:

  • Educators must be teaching full time in the classroom.
  • Educators must personally be responsible for developing a conservation education program.
  • An educator’s nomination must be endorsed by the SWCD in which he or she is teaching.
  • Teachers who are SWCD officials cannot compete, but associate officials may.
  • Educators who submit an entry and do not win may resubmit their entries the following year.
  • Team educators are eligible, but awards will only be made to the designated leader.
  • Nominations can be made by anyone in the district or the educator themselves.

Entry Requirements:

  • Educators who meet the eligibility requirements may enter the contest.
  • Fill out the entry form and have it signed by the chairperson of the local conservation district.
  • Submit a typewritten narrative which addresses the five sections below “Content of Narrative.”
  • Include in a standard one-inch three ring binder the following four items below:

ENTRY FORM (attached in .pdf format)

TYPEWRITTEN NARRATIVE

TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

SUPPORTING INFORMATION (i.e.,:photos, activity sheets)

Content of Narrative:

Narratives must be typewritten and double-spaced on one side only of 8½” x 11” paper.

Font must not be smaller than 12 point. Narratives must address the five sections below and each section should not exceed two pages.

Sections:

  1. Describe your program for involving students in the betterment of natural resources.
  2. List and describe the areas of study incorporated in your conservation education program.
  3. Describe any assistance received from community organizations or resource specialists from local, state, or federal agencies or organizations.
  4. Explain how the program is being extended to other grades, other areas, and to people in the community.
  5. Document how your students have applied their knowledge of natural resource conservation to individual groups, schools and community projects.

2018 Teacher of the Year K-6 Guidelines and Entry Form

2018 Teacher of the Year 7-12 Guidelines and Entry Form