The JISD Teacher of the Year program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation within the Jasper Independent School District. Our goal is to support teachers in the pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development. With the help of a generous patron, the Jasper Public Schools Foundation plans to award four JISD teachers (two elementary, two secondary) with $1,000.00 each in appreciation of their dedication to the students of JISD. An additional $250.00 will go toward a sponsorship of a classroom project of their choice in relation to the Give a Gift program. Recipients' professional accomplishments will be celebrated with the promotion of their accomplishments in the news media. An awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the school year to recognize the recipients of this award.
To be eligible to receive the award, certified teachers must be nominated by parents, teachers, students, community members, or school district administrators. Because the purpose of this program is to recognize the contributions of Jasper ISD teachers, those staff members whose assignments are administrative or supervisory are ineligible. Nominees must have daily face-to-face contact with students. Teachers in Pre-K through Grade 12 who plan to continue teaching in their current capacity for at least one year are eligible for nomination. Teachers in special services such as Special Education, lab teachers, speech therapists, guidance counselors, librarians, etc. are also eligible. Completed nomination forms must be submitted via hard copy to campus principal, via hard copy to JPS Foundation, P.O. Box 2243, Jasper, Texas 75951, or via electronci copy (pdf. format) to Jamie White, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jasper Public School Foundation Board will review all applications as submitted from the five main JISD campuses. Using the criteria listed below, the JPS Foundation Board will consider the nominees based on this information. Campus principals will be able to provide any additional information such as unsolicited letters of support that is collected at their level. The names of all of the nominees will be redacted during the review process to provide a level of anonymity in the selection process.
1. Personal educational philosophy
2. Demonstrated ability to inspire students' love of learning
3. Creation of innovative projects or programs
4. Commitment to community
5. Goals for their classroom
6. Positive qualities they see in education, and changes they would like to see made to strengthen and improve teaching
7. Professional Development
8. Testing benchmarks
9. Principal Recommendation / Statement
March, 2017: Initiate promotion of Teacher of the Year program.
March - April: Accept nominations (Deadline, TBA).
April: JPS Screening Committee meets to review nominations, contact those selected as finalists and ask for additional information relating to the criteria listed in Personal History and Philosophy of candidate form.
April-May: Final selections made by JPS Foundation board.
May: Awards Luncheon honoring the finalists and winners of JISD Teacher of the Year Awards.