Recognize Your Teacher!

All great stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Here are some questions to help you write yours. Choose a few and go from there!


Tell us a little about yourself.
What was your attitude toward school before you met your teacher?
What were your biggest challenges and concerns before you met him or her?


Why is your teacher special?
What did your teacher do to help support you in your goals?
Were there things your teacher said or did that really stuck with you?


Why are you grateful to your teacher?
How do you feel about school now?
Have your dreams for your future changed?

Frequently Asked Questions

How does my school become an Honored School?

Honored Schools is currently accepting inquiries for participation in our 2020-2021 school year program. If your school would like to learn more about participating in Honored Schools, please send us a note at Honored Schools currently operates only in the Washington, DC metro area.

Who may be recognized?

Classroom teachers of any subject, full-time or part-time, currently teaching at your school may be recognized and are eligible for the Honored Schools Life-Changing Teacher Award. Other school staff members may also be recognized, but they are not eligible for the award.

Who may recognize a teacher?

Current or former students, and parents or other family members on behalf of students (particularly the younger ones who may need a hand completing the nomination form!)

How do you decide who is awarded the Honored Schools Life-Changing Teacher Award?

Award recipients will be selected from each region’s pool of submissions by Honored Schools’ national panel of teachers, in consultation with Honored Schools principals. The selection criteria takes into account both the qualitative and quantitative elements of the submissions, and it focuses on the important impact the teacher has made on the nominating student’s life. The panel will also consider the volume of submissions in proportion to school and class size and resource equity.

Will my teacher know about the recognition?

Yes! Your teacher will receive an email with your story and will know what an impact they’ve had on you. Your school will celebrate all recognized teachers in a variety of ways. Your nominations will also be published on so that other people can read about all of the inspiring teachers at your school. Who knows, your teacher may become internet famous!

If my teacher is selected as the Honored Schools Life-Changing Teacher Award recipient, what happens?

Your teacher will receive a well-deserved $5,000 cash award and will be celebrated at your school and across the country! You and your teacher will also be featured on


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