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Press Release for Tuesday, January 22, 2008

UNF Accepts Nominations for Gladys Prior Teaching Awards

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida is accepting nominations for the 2008 Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence. The two major criteria for selection of teachers for this prestigious award are sustained teaching excellence and sustained inspiration of students.

To be eligible for the award, teachers must have at least 10 years of teaching experience in a Duval County public or private school. The award carries a $15,000 cash prize to the recipients, who are free to use the funds in any way they wish. Up to four Gladys Prior Awards are presented annually by the College of Education and Human Services.

Any person (colleague, administrator, student, parent or community member) may nominate a teacher for the award. The nominee should write a letter describing how the teacher inspires students through excellent teaching. Teachers may not nominate themselves. Campaigning for a teacher via submission of multiple nomination letters is discouraged.

The Gladys Prior Awards are made possible by a generous gift from Gilchrist Berg, a Jacksonville investor, who created the awards to honor his fourth grade teacher at Ortega Elementary School. Berg has increased the award to $15,000 this year.

For more information about the Gladys Prior Teaching Awards, contact Patti Robbins at (904) 620-1799. Nomination letters (to be received no later than Friday, March 21, at 5 p.m.) should be sent to: Dr. Larry G. Daniel, Office of the Dean, College of Education and Human Services, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224-2676.