Recognizing Outstanding Teachers

January 20, 2011 Updated: January 20, 2011

[xtypo_dropcap]I[/xtypo_dropcap]n the 17th century, Galileo Galiei, the man credited to have invented the telescope, said “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.”

In that spirit, the Government of Ontario aspires to honour teachers through its Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, now in its fifth year.

According to the government’s website, over 3,600 nominations have been received in the last four years, and 82 people have been honoured.

Anyone can submit a nomination for educators who have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of their students and communities. The six categories are Teacher of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Excellent Support Staff, Excellence in Leadership, Team of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement.

More information can be found at www.edu.gov.on.ca/teachingawards. Anyone employed by a publicly funded school or board/authority in Ontario can be nominated. The deadline is Jan. 31. The winners will be announced in spring and honoured during Education Week in early May.