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Eligibility Requirements for Nominees

Teacher of the Year

  • Nominees must be contracted teachers/counselors/instructional coaches/media specialists/athletic trainers in grades K-6 and 7-12 with a minimum of 1 completed year of teaching experience in the Duneland School Corporation.

  • Teacher of the Year candidates are to exhibit the following:  

    • Ability to create a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds

    • Sets high expectations for all students

    • Utilizes research-based instructional strategies 

    • Acts with integrity and professionalism

    • Serves as a role model for other teachers in corporation, school, department, and/or grade-level team

    • Models growth mindset by experimenting with new strategies to expand professional knowledge base and expertise

    • Strong communication skills

    • Displays energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude

    • Exhibits strong work ethic

  • Previous winners/finalists are ineligible for 2 years from their recognition. 

Employee of the Year

  • Nominees must be classified employees in the Duneland School Corporation who have been employed a minimum of 1-year at the beginning of the nomination period (February 1, 2024).  An individual may be nominated who works full-time or part-time in any classified position.

  • The nomination should focus on the work done by the employee during the regular course of his/her employment.

  • Employee of the Year candidates exhibit the following qualities:

    • Works efficiently and diligently to complete duties in a timely fashion

    • Exhibits desire and ability to exceed established quality standards

    • Excellent attendance and punctuality

    • Shows initiative in carrying out the duties of the job

    • Promotes educational goals of district/school

    • Motivates others

    • Communicates effectively 

    • Exhibits a positive attitude

    • Demonstrates care and support for others

    • Outstanding performance in carrying out duties

    • Fosters a positive work environment

  • Previous winners/finalists are ineligible for 2 years from their recognition.