WEM Outstanding Educator Awards

WEM Outstanding Educator Awards LogoParents, students, administrators or colleagues are invited to nominate educators, athletic coaches and academic challenge coaches who they believe make a difference in the lives of students. We encourage you to participate in the nomination process for the 2019 program by completing a nomination form now!

The WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program was created in 1998 by the WEM Foundation in support of teachers and their important role in helping all students excel academically. The program seeks to bring recognition to the unsung heroes who meet the challenges of teaching in a variety of settings.

The WEM Foundation honors in four areas: Teacher Achievement, Ethics in Education, Athletic Coach and Academic Challenge Coach. Each year, six honorees will be selected between these four categories and each will receive an unrestricted $15,000 gift and a crystal apple award.

  • The Teacher Achievement Awards recognize exemplary teachers who support, inspire and assist students to attain greater learning as evidenced by student achievement. 
  • The Academic Challenge Coach Awards recognize exemplary coaches of student teams that participate and compete in academic challenges endorsed by the Minnesota Academic League Council.
  • The Athletic Coach Awards recognizes an exemplary coach of student teams that participate and compete in athletic sports endorsed by the Minnesota State High School League.
  • The Ethics in Education Awards recognize exemplary educators who embody ethical behavior and promote ethical development for students through classroom or school activities, policies or curriculum. 

Nominated educators are required to complete an application packet to become eligible for the Teacher Achievement, Ethics in Education, Athletic Coach and/or Academic Challenge Coach Awards. Following review by a preliminary evaluation panel, the applications are evaluated by a Blue Ribbon independent panel of judges representing business and academia.

This program is administered by Synergy & Leadership Exchange. Visit the WEM Outstanding Educator Awards website for additional information.