Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 6th -  Friday, May 10th, 2024

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children: the future leaders of our country. They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction. We entrust our children with the teachers, and they affect their lives on a daily basis. Teacher Appreciation Week is a time for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. 

FGCU College of Education Teacher of Excellence Awards

The FGCU College of Education celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week by recognizing FGCU COE Alumni who are outstanding teachers. Nominations for the Teacher of Excellence Awards are now open. Winners of the award are announced during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6th - 10th, 2024.

Teacher of Excellence Awards 2024 | Deadline for submission: March 31, 2024

The nomination form is now closed. We are reviewing all submissions for nominations. The College of Education will announce the winners during Teacher Appreciation Week. Keep your eyes on our social channels for updates!

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Nominee must be a graduate from the FGCU in the College of Education
  2. Nominee must have at least three years of teaching experience prior to January 2024
  3. Nominee must currently be a teacher/teaching instructor (Administrators and non-instructional personnel are not eligible)
  4. The nominator must be a peer, mentor, colleague, administrator or student who has observed the teacher candidate in a classroom environment (familial nominators and self-nominations will no longer be accepted)
  5. Supporting evidence that exemplifies the required attributes of a Teacher of Excellence is also required for consideration (click more info to view attributes)
  • TofEA candidates must provide evidence demonstrating the:

      • Ability to create an engaging and interactive teaching environment
      • Ability to adhere to differentiating instructional strategies
      • Ability to create a safe and inclusive teaching environment
      • Ability to convey a passion for teaching by incorporating the following characteristics in a teaching environment:
        • Positive Attitude: Maintaining a positive attitude in the classroom. A positive and optimistic approach can create a supportive atmosphere, making students feel more comfortable and motivated to learn.
        • Adaptability: Demonstrating flexibility and adaptability. A passionate teacher is willing to adjust their teaching methods based on the needs and feedback of the students.
        • Innovative Teaching Methods: Using creative and innovative teaching methods. Incorporate a variety of instructional strategies, technologies, and hands-on activities to keep the class dynamic and interesting. This not only demonstrates passion but also caters to diverse learning styles.