Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award
Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award 2019
Presented by the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation and the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University
About the award
The Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award recognizes excellence in teaching and educational leadership by an early career teacher. The $2,500 educational award is presented by the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation in collaboration with the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University.
To be eligible for the award, nominees must meet the following requirements:
- Be a graduate of one of CEHD’s degree or licensure programs, and
- Be employed in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) as a full-time teacher in his/her first, second, or third year of teaching.
The selection committee is composed of faculty from CEHD, staff from FCPS, and community members. The committee reviews all nominations and makes a recommendation to the dean of the College of Education and Human Development who selects the recipient.
The recipient of the Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award 2019 will be selected in late April 2019 and presented in late May 2019.
Note: Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominators may be anyone with immediate knowledge of the accomplishments of an outstanding early career teacher. Examples of nominators are principals, administrators, fellow teachers, Mason faculty members, or community members.
- The nominator will coordinate and manage the nomination process and submit the nomination packet via email by the due date above.
- A nominator may submit only one nomination in any given year.
- Although several individuals may contribute to the nomination packet, only one name may be listed as the nominator on the application form.
- The nominator will obtain the consent of the teacher being nominated.
- For assistance or any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the foundation
For many years, the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation has been active in supporting beginning teacher programs and embraced the opportunity to recognize exemplary early career teachers and encourage them to continue their careers in teaching. To further this work, the foundation created a partnership with the College of Education and Human Development. A notable part of the award is the reflection of teachers about their education at CEHD and the professors who influenced them.
Previous award winners
2018: Dennis Nolasco
Cooper Middle School
(BA English, ’14, MEd Curriculum and Instruction, ’17)
"Mr. Nolasco's classroom is student centered as well as routine focused. His organizational skills enable students to focus on the skill being taught in a way that meets their individual needs. When you enter Mr. Nolasco's class, you will find high energy as well as someone who cares passionately for each individual student. His knowledge of standards, as well as his unique knowledge and understanding of young adolescent literature, enhances the learning experience of his students." - Cooper Middle School Assistant Principal Cherith Pierson
2017: Kaleigh O’Donnell
Westlawn Elementary School
Ms. O’Donnell sustains an environment of high engagement, open student discourse, and risk-taking in order to maximize student learning” and that “her enthusiasm shows on her face, through her positive teacher language, and in the quiet energy she projects while teaching." O’Donnell’s students, she said, “respond with eagerness to learn and a sense of energy." - Westlawn Assistant Principal Michelle Doyle
2016: Michael Hunt
Westbriar Elementary School
(MEd Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education '12)
From his nominators: "There are some people who are born to teach, born to bring out the best in those around them, and born to motivate and inspire others. This is what Michael Hunt does; it's who he is. He consistently strives for excellence in his delivery of instruction and his professionalism with colleagues. He has a strong commitment to his students' social, emotional, and academic success and is to be commended for his work with families and his willingess to continually reach out to make connections in an effort to keep the bar raised at a high level and have each student meet with personal success."
2015: Brandon Hughart
Cedar Lane School
(MEd Special Education '13)