Nominate ‘Teacher of Year’

MERIDEN, Conn.—Nominations for the Illinois 2005-2006 “Teacher of the Year” Award are being accepted through March 1. The announcement came from the award sponsor, Teachers’ Insurance Plan, a car insurance program exclusively for members of the educational community.

The award will include $1,000 to the winning teacher, and a $500 grant to that teacher’s school. The state winner will also be eligible for the National Award that includes a special recognition and a $2,500 travel certificate.

Last year’s state winner was Kathleen Roper, a seventh and eighth grade teacher at Hoyleton Grade School in Hoyleton, who went on to win the 2004-2005 National Teacher of the Year Award.

Teachers, students and parents can nominate any of the state’s more than 160,000 accredited teachers. Nomination forms are available online at

To nominate an educator, or yourself, explain in 250 words or fewer why this teacher should be the Teacher of the Year. Nominees will be judged on their ability to motivate students, their special talents and their contribution to their school, students or educational community.

Winners will be announced at the end of the school year.

Teachers’ Insurance Plan is underwritten by Response Insurance Company, a licensed member of the Response Insurance Group of Companies, as authorized by law.

From the Feb. 22-28, 2006, issue

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