The contest is open to employees at New York City public, private and parochial schools. Nominations can be sent by email, mail or fax.
A panel of judges will select the winners, who will be honored at a breakfast in October.
New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker said teachers are vital role models for kids.
“Good teachers can help create good morals and values for kids in the classroom,” said Walker, whose mother once worked as a teacher. “Their positive influence not only works in the classroom, but can be applied in everyday life.”
The News is organizing the awards with the help of the city Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.
Some nominees will be profiled in the pages of The News in the coming weeks.
“One thing that we look for as judges is teachers who recreate the magic year after year,” said NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, a judge and host of the awards ceremony. “This may be the 10th year they’ve done something. But to the students, it’s the first time.”
“It’s also exciting to see nominations from people who aren’t a typical classroom teacher,” Kiernan added. “Sometimes it’s someone on the support staff who makes a huge difference for students. They create the environment that invites learning.”
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