Press Release for Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Applications Available for Two Teaching Awards

(904) 620-2102

JACKSONVILLE – The College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida is accepting applications and nominations for two major teaching awards – the Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence and the Gladys Roddenberry Graduate Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.

The Prior Awards consist of four annual awards of $12,000 each to honor and reward career teachers who have demonstrated “sustained teaching excellence and inspiration of students” over many years. It is open to public or private school teachers in Duval County. Anyone may nominate a teacher for these awards. No special nomination form is required; nomination is by letter. Self-nomination or campaigns are prohibited and may eliminate a candidate. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 26.

The Roddenberry awards consist of five graduate fellowships of $3,500 each. The fellowships will support credit and non-credit courses at UNF. The criteria are: current employment as a full-time classroom teacher in a public or private school in Duval County; a minimum of three and a maximum of 10 years of full-time teaching experience; and current state of Florida teacher certification. Applicants should submit a two-page, double-spaced essay that answers the following questions:

How have you demonstrated commitment to your students?

How have you demonstrated commitment to your professional growth?

How have you demonstrated consistent high performance as a classroom teacher?

What are your professional goals in education?

How will this fellowship help you to achieve your professional goals?

Applications must include a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current school principal, as well as documentation verifying the number of years of teaching experience. Applications must be made directly by teachers seeking the fellowships. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 1.

Both programs were created through an agreement with Jacksonville-based investment manager Gilchrist Berg. Berg named the awards after two of his former teachers at Ortega Elementary School. Prior taught fourth grade, and Roddenberry taught sixth grade.

For information, contact the Dean’s Office in the College of Education and Human Services at (904) 620-2520. Nominations can be faxed to (904) 620-2522 or mailed to the Dean’s Office in the College of Education and Human Services at UNF at 4567 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32224.

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