Educators of Excellence

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2021 Award Applications and Nominations have closed!

Be on the lookout for our announcement of the 2021 Educators of Excellence in Fall 2021. 

Do you know - or are you - an amazing educator in our city? Nominations and applications for the 2022 Educators of Excellence will open in Spring 2022 -- follow us on social media so you don't miss out.  

Applicants must plan to be employed in Memphis as a prek-12th grade full-time teacher, instructional staff, or school or network administrator at the time of application and at the time of recognition.

Educators of Excellence Award: Celebrating transformational leaders in our schools

New Memphis knows that great leadership is needed in every corner of our community -- from the board room to the classroom. Educators are essential leaders in our community as their impact and investment is critical to our city’s future success. At New Memphis, we believe it’s paramount to recognize the contribution of our best educators, to learn from their experiences, and to support them in their growth. Their work is transformational to students, fellow educators and Memphis as a whole. 

2020 was a change for us all, but educators across the city stepped up and showed out for their students. To acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding work of exceptional educators for the third year in a row, we're thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2020 Educators of Excellence Award! To learn more about each awardee, click their name below.

  • Omolola Ajayi5th grade ELA/Social Studies; K-6 ELA Content Lead at S.T.A.R. Academy Charter School
  • Anna Grace WeirSupervising Teacher of the Reggio Emilia Inspired 2's and 3's mixed age group classroom at The University of Memphis Early Learning and Research Center
  • Derek KingVice Principal at Southwind High School
  • Christine Shultz8th grade special education teacher at Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter Middle School-Flagship Campus
  • Elizabeth Warner10th grade English teacher at Whitehaven High School

To learn more about our educators, watch a brief video here.