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School Specialty’s Crystal Apple Awards Honor Teachers’ Inspiration, Leadership & Passion for Education

The winners of the annual contest receive a personalized trophy and a $500 gift certificate to spend at School Specialty, as well as a $250 gift certificate for their school 

School Specialty, a leading provider of learning environments and supplies to the pre-K–12 education market, announced the winners of its annual Crystal Apple Awards, which celebrate teachers who embody inspiration, leadership, and passion in teaching.

Each year, students, parents, administrators, and fellow teachers nominate teachers who go above and beyond to touch the lives of students every day. School Specialty selects 10 finalists from the nominees, and three winners are then selected by public vote. School Specialty received a record 300 nominations and 13,000 votes. This year’s winners, who will each receive a personalized trophy and a $500 gift certificate from School Speciality for themselves as well as a $250 School Specialty gift certificate for their school, include:

To read the stories of this year’s winners, visit this blog post.

”I was a classroom teacher myself, like many of my colleagues here at School Specialty, for over 20 years,” said Mike Smith, subject matter expert at School Specialty. “The thanks teachers usually receive is knowing they’re making an impact on their students’ lives. That’s why I look forward to this award every year. It’s an honor to show inspiring teachers how much they mean to their school communities and to provide them with the recognition and resources they deserve that will help them carry on their life-changing work.”

This year’s finalists include:

Finalists receive a $100 School Specialty Merchandise Certificate for themselves and an additional $100 certificate for their school.

“At School Specialty, our mission is to engage and inspire by providing affordable classroom solutions for everything from STEAM to student safety,” said Nicole Hill, subject matter expert at School Specialty and former classroom teacher of 16 years. “We also know, firsthand for many of us, that teachers seek to engage and inspire every day, often without the resources they need to do the job right. This award is an opportunity to recognize teachers for all that they do for our students and communities day after day by providing them the resources to fully realize their classroom visions.”

To learn more about the Crystal Apple Awards, please visit this blog post.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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