Educators of Excellence Award: Celebrating transformational leaders in our schools
Do you know - or are you - an amazing educator in our city? Applications and nominations for the Educators of Excellence award are open May-June annually. Follow @thenewmemphis on social media to stay up-to-date during the application window and for when we recognize winners annually.
Applicants must plan to be employed in Memphis as a prek-12th grade full-time teacher, instructional staff, support 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 boardroom 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.
To acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding work of exceptional educators for the fifth year in a row, we're thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2022 Educators of Excellence Award; special thanks to The Crews Family Foundation for their support of our honorees.

  • Robin Brice, Middle School Teacher of Exceptional Children at Grandview Heights Middle School
  • Yanli Cui, Math Teacher at White Station High School
  • Nekishia Woods Dobbins, English Teacher at Memphis Business Academy Middle School
  • Grant Monda, Executive Director at Aurora Collegiate Academy
  • Valen Warner, English Teacher at East High School

To learn more about each of these educators, click here, and tune into our "Meanwhile in Memphis" podcast throughout the year!