SHSU Seeks Educators For ‘Distinguished’ Recognition

By: SHSU Press Release
By: SHSU Press Release

The Sam Houston State University College of Education is seeking alumni educators who have made significant contributions to the field for its “2014 Distinguished Educator of the Year” awards.

Nominations will be accepted until Nov. 1 in five categories: Distinguished Elementary Teacher, Distinguished Secondary Teacher, Distinguished Support Professional, Distinguished Administrator and Friend of Education.

“There are events that are important throughout the year at SHSU, but for the College of Education, the Distinguished Educator of the year is the event of the year,” said A. Jerry Bruce, interim dean of the College of Education. “The event is recognized throughout our region as an outstanding affair with over 250 persons in attendance.

“Many of the recipients have said this was the highlight of their careers, and nominations come in from across the state,” he said. “The event has honored persons such as state Rep. Lois Kholkhorst, as well as organizations such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and H-E-B.”

Support professionals include, but are not limited to, counselors, specialists, diagnosticians and librarians; and the Friend of Education award recognizes individuals or businesses that have made a significant contribution to the field of education.

Nominees must be an SHSU College of Education alumnus and have demonstrated expertise or outstanding service, either current or retired, in the classroom, school, district and/or community. The Friend of Education is not required to be an SHSU alumnus.

A letter of recommendation describing why the nominee should receive a Distinguished Educator of the Year Award should also be included with the application.
Self-nominations are also welcome.

A semi-formal, black tie optional ceremony recognizing award winners and nominees will be held on March 1, 2014, in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Nominations forms are available online at and should be submitted to SHSU College of Education; Attn: Event Coordinator; Box 2119; Huntsville, TX, 77341; or by fax to 936.294.1102.

For more information, contact Sherry Hirsch, COE events coordinator, at or 936.294.1101

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