Outstanding Educator Awards Program

Regional Outstanding Educator Awards

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District,  in collaboration with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (Traverse Connect) and TBA Credit Union, annually seek nominations for teachers, administrators and school support staff who make outstanding contributions toward the education of students throughout the five-county Traverse Bay region. The regional Outstanding Educator Awards honor the top ten individuals selected from a pool of candidates who are nominated by community members, professional peers, students and parents. Nomination criteria, forms and a list of past honorees are provided below.

2021 Award Criteria & Nomination Form

Past Award Recipients

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Congratulations to the 2020 Honorees (in alpha order)

James Brumfield
TCAPS Central High School, Head of Security
Naomi Chalk
Elk Rapids Mill Creen Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher
Colleen Christensen
The Children's House, Director of Operations (Retired June 2020)
Mary Jane Collins
TCAPS Willow Hill Elementary 4th Grade Teacher
Mike Hartigan
Leland Public School Interim Superintendent (Retired)
Nichelle Hursey
Suttons Bay Middle/High School Math Teacher
Lynda Key
TBAISD School Social Worker (Retired June 2020)
Brenda Lau
Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools Preschool Teacher
Michael Tiesworth
Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools Technology Director
Alison Wright
TCAPS Westwoods Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher (Retired June 2020)