NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PEOPLE Magazine today announced its first-ever “Teacher of the Year” Awards (#teacherofyear), which will honor five extraordinary teachers who are changing the lives of their students and paving the way for a new generation of American leaders. The winners will be featured in the October 22nd issue of PEOPLE and will receive $5000 ($4000 for their school and $1000 for themselves). The contest is presented by Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats®, who has been committed to setting kids up for success in school and now wants to recognize the important role that teachers play in helping kids reach their individual potential.
Readers can nominate their favorite educator to be one of the five PEOPLE Teachers of the Year. PEOPLE is looking for current K-12 instructors who most inspire their students to achievement; who have the greatest impact on a community; and who have found innovative ways to overcome challenges in the classroom. The editors of PEOPLE, with guidance from an all-star advisory board of education professionals, will select five winning teachers. For details and to download an application form, visit PEOPLE.com/TeacherOfYear.
PEOPLE’s “Teacher Of The Year” advisory board members:
Kim Oliver Burnim – Teacher at Broad Acres Elementary, a culturally and linguistically diverse school in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2006 she was named the National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Following a year as a full-time education spokesperson and advocate, she is back in her classroom.
Dr. John Deasy - Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest. Prior to joining the LAUSD in August 2010, he served as Deputy Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the programmatic work on effective teaching.
Lily Eskelsen - An elementary school teacher from Utah and Vice President of the National Education Association. She was recently appointed by President Obama to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, whose goal is to expand education opportunities and improve education outcomes for Hispanic students.
Wendy Kopp - Chief Executive Officer and founder of Teach For America, which has enlisted 33,000 new graduates to commit themselves to two years of teaching in low-income communities. She is also Chief Executive officer and co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent social enterprises which are working to expand educational opportunity.
John Legend - Grammy-winning recording artist and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Show Me Campaign, an organization that works to break the cycle of poverty through education.
For details and to download an application form, visit PEOPLE.com/TeacherOfYear
“PEOPLE is proud to recognize teachers who care deeply about America’s children and all of our futures,” said Larry Hackett, managing editor, PEOPLE. “Great teachers can change the lives of their students – and in so doing, change the world.”
“Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats® believes in helping kids reach their greatest potential each day in school. That’s why we’re proud to recognize hard-working teachers who share in that mission with us by sponsoring the Teacher of the Year Awards,” said Doug VanDeVelde, senior vice president, Morning Foods from Kellogg Company.
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About Kellogg Company
Driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) is the world’s leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of snacks and frozen foods. Every day, our well-loved brands - produced in 17 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries - nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. With 2011 sales of more than $13 billion, these brands include Cheez-It®, Coco Pops®, Corn Flakes®, Eggo®, Frosted Flakes®, Kashi®, Keebler®, Kellogg’s®, Mini-Wheats®, Pop-Tarts®, Rice Krispies®, Special K®, and many more. To learn more about Kellogg Company, including our corporate responsibility initiatives and rich heritage, please visit www.kelloggcompany.com.