Nominate an outstanding educator for the Blue Ribbon Teacher Award

Metro Schools accepting nominations through Feb. 20, 2015

Blue Ribbon LogoGreat schools cannot exist without great teachers. Quality instruction and a deep caring for a child’s overall well-being are what drive student, school and community success. For the second year in a row, Metro Schools and the greater Nashville community are joining together to honor those great teachers with the Blue Ribbon Teacher award.

Blue Ribbon Teachers have proven themselves to be stellar examples of their profession. They are nominated and selected by parents, students and their peers for their successes and commitment to their students. Up to 50 of the nominees will be chosen to receive the prestigious Blue Ribbon Teacher status and a $1,000 cash prize.

“High-quality teaching is one of the foundational building blocks for great schools,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “The Blue Ribbon Teacher program is a signal to the rest of the city – and the country – that we take pride in our great teachers and we value the contributions they make to Nashville.”

The program is a collaborative effort between Metro Schools, the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee and the Nashville Public Education Foundation. The idea was championed last year by Nashville’s Agenda as a way the private sector could help recognize and support excellent classroom teachers across the district. This year will mark the second year of the awards program.

The nomination period opened today and runs through February 20, 2015. Blue Ribbon Teachers may be nominated in one or more of three categories:

  • Impressive Data This includes student performance and growth, but it is not limited to teachers in tested subjects.
  • Relationships with Students This includes transformative actions that change students’ lives, including intense dedication and even heroism.
  • Leadership These are teachers who engage their colleagues, are early adopters of new initiatives and strive to be building or district leaders.

“Student success is the goal, but there is so much more than just test scores that goes into that,” said Dr. Register. “That’s why we take such a broad view when assessing our schools and why we want to recognize all of the contributions our great teachers make, both in academics and in caring for the whole child.”

“Education is one of the most important issues facing our city,” said Tom Sherrard, Chairman of both the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee and the Nashville Public Education Foundation. “Teachers are at the heart of everything we do and every change we make. The Blue Ribbon Teacher award is a meaningful way to honor them, and to show others how their work has made an impact on Nashville students and Nashville as a whole.”

After all nominations have been received, nominees will be screened through a blind process and forwarded to a Selection Committee made up of parents, community members, and business and civic leaders. Metro Schools personnel will not help make the final selections. Winners will be announced in March and celebrated with a reception at the Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Residence in May.

The nomination form is available online at All full-time teachers on the teacher salary schedule are eligible, including all traditional, magnet and charter school teachers. Last year’s class of Blue Ribbon Teachers included 47 educators from varied grade levels, subject areas, geographic clusters and school types, representing a true a cross-section of the district.