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 of $500 each to two selected educators a year, one from Salem and one from Marblehead.  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 administrators from both communities and a representative of the Howard family reviews nomination letters and  selects honorees based on criteria listed on the criteria page.  The selected teachers are recognized at award ceremonies determined in cooperation with the Superintendent of Schools or school principals in each community.

Read our Call for Nominations page for selection criteria and nomination information.  Please send your letter of nomination, with the nomination form giving contact information, to Teacher Award, 190 Bridge  St., #2301, Salem, MA 01970 by April 30.