What is the Thomas O. Bell Prize?
The Thomas O. Bell Prize for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to an outstanding Idaho teacher nominated by his/her peers and selected by a distinguished panel of past award winners and education faculty. The purpose of the Award is to recognize an elementary or secondary teacher who exemplifies outstanding teaching. The first Thomas O. Bell prize was awarded in 1968 to the Idaho Teacher of the Year. The selected teacher will exhibit passion, intellect, knowledge of content, and powerful learning
techniques that focus on results, excellent human relations, and communication abilities.
The winner will be recognized and awarded a $2,000 cash prize during the College of Education Celebration of Teaching ceremony.
The following is the judge’s criteria for evaluation:
- High level of knowledge about subject matter
- Uses motivating and successful child-focused teaching methods
- Evidence of high student achievement as a result of teacher’s efforts
- Communicates and partners with parents, families and communities
- Exhibits a deep passion for teaching and learning
About the Selection Committee
The Dean of the College of Education chairs the selection committee, which includes past award winners, teachers, administrators and a faculty member from the College.
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