About the Award

The Margaret Voss Howard Teacher Recognition Award, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation, honors the contributions of representative teachers from the Salem and Marblehead, Massachusetts, school districts (i.e. schools under the jurisdiction of the School Committee in each community). It is a cash award to two selected educators each year, one from Salem and one from Marblehead ($500 each as of 2011). The award was created in honor of Dr. Margaret Voss Howard’s retirement in 2009 after forty years in education, primarily in Marblehead and Salem.

Award recipients are recognized as representative of all the excellent, dedicated teachers in the community who make a difference to children every day.

Nominations may be made by teachers, administrators, other school employees, parents, students, and citizens. All nominations must be confidential and the nominees must not be informed that they have been nominated.

A committee of teachers/retired teachers, administrators, parents, and a representative of the Howard family will make selections based on criteria listed on the criteria page.  The selected teachers will be recognized at award ceremonies to be determined in cooperation with the Superintendent of Schools in each community.

Read our Call for Nominations page for selection criteria and nomination information.


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