Blue Ridge PBS accepting McGlothlin Award nominations

 McGlothlin AwardAnnual teaching awards include two $25,000 prizes

(Roanoke, VA)—Blue Ridge PBS is now accepting nominations for the 2012 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence, with top prizes of $25,000 going to two of the region’s best teachers.  

The McGlothlin Awards, given annually by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Va., bestow $25,000 each to the top elementary and top secondary school nominees, and are among the largest teaching prizes in the United States. Four finalists will also be recognized with a trophy and a check for $1,000. 

Anyone can submit a nomination, including families, fellow educators and community members. Classroom teachers may also nominate themselves. The McGlothlin Awards are judged by a distinguished group of regional educational leaders. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on October 19, 2012. 

“Every year I have the honor of meeting some of the finest teachers in our region,” said James Baum, President and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS, which has administered the awards since their founding in 2000. “The 2012 McGlothlin Awards ceremony, on April 18 at Radford University, will recognize these exceptional educators and celebrate their innovative approaches to working with students.” 

A stipulation of the award is that winners use $10,000 for international travel, and then incorporate that experience into their teaching. Previous winners have traveled to destinations in Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. 

As president of the foundation, Thomas D. McGlothlin has long championed the importance of recognizing the positive impact of good teachers, saying, "The McGlothlin Foundation's goal is for the awards to inspire recipients, their students, their peers, and indeed their entire school. It is our intent to find the best teachers in today's classrooms around our region. We want to recognize their fine work, reward them for it, and by so doing inspire others to the high qualities they exemplify.” 

To be eligible for the McGlothlin Awards, nominees must be full-time elementary or secondary school teachers of core curriculum, foreign language, arts and music from select public school districts. Eligible districts, located within the Blue Ridge PBS broadcast area, include 42 school divisions across Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. The award is intended for mid-career teachers with five years of experience who intend to stay in the classroom.  

Further details about applying for the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence are available by calling 888.332.7788 or visiting BlueRidgePBS.org.

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS has received four regional Emmy Awards in the past three years for documentaries and community service broadcasting. The winning productions are “The Music of Coal” from the “On the Crooked Road” series, “Bob Ross: The Happy Painter” and “JobQuest.” Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Further, over 200,000 schoolchildren and their teachers benefit from the station’s education services that provide a safe, trusted environment for innovative on-air and online learning. Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA-TV in Roanoke, WSBN-TV in Norton, and WMSY-TV in Marion, Va.                       

About the McGlothlin Foundation
Beginning in a farmhouse nestled in the mountains of Buchanan County, Va., the McGlothlin family was sustained in their early years through farming and coal mining. As their success grew, the family business became involved in oil, gas, real estate and financial services. The McGlothlin Foundation was created in 1998 to support worthy causes in higher education, health care, and the arts in southwest Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeast Tennessee.# # #

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