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Each year the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education encourages, recognizes, and rewards excellence in the Clarke County School District. Annually, the Foundation presents thousands of dollars in awards and grants to educators and students. The FFE is pleased to announce that the nomination window for the 2018 awards opened Thursday, February 15th. The deadline to nominate an individual is Friday, March 9th. See below for changes regarding the overall timeline.

We highly encourage former winners, colleagues, administrators, parents, and community members to nominate eligible individuals. We also ask that you please forward this nomination information to other supporters of public education who might be interested in nominating a CCSD employee for an award.   

Historically the nomination process, application process, and gathering of supporting documents occurred in one distinct time frame and were submitted by providing multiple hard copies of the nomination packets to the district office. This year the Foundation will make several changes to the awards protocol and timeline to accommodate a completely online submission procedure ( All nominators and applicants are strongly encouraged to review the information below to familiarize themselves with the new process and deadline changes. We appreciate your patience as we transition to this more streamlined and efficient process.


  • The awards process will consist of 3 separate time frames: Nomination, Application, & Supporting Documentation
    • Nomination (February 15-March 9): Nominations may be made by principals/supervisors, colleagues, students, parents, or community members. Nominators should work with the nominee to solicit letters of support and prepare and submit the packet by the deadline. There is no limit to the number of nominations made by any one school
    • Application (February 18-March 25): Once a CCSD employee is nominated for an award, he or she will be contacted by the FFE awards committee to begin the application process (the later a nomination comes in, the less time an applicant will have to complete the process).
      • Primary information necessary to complete the application includes: education credentials, contact information for letters of support, and any essays associated with the award (please note that the Stroud, Downs, and Horvat awards require no essay).
    • Supporting Documentation (March 19-April 9): During the application phase, the CCSD employee who has been nominated will be asked to provide the names and email addresses for the individuals the Foundation should approach for the following:
      • One (1) evaluation form from a current administrator/supervisor (new this year instead of a letter of support) AND
      • Two (2) additional letters of support from past or present administrators/supervisors (other than the one who completes the evaluation form), co-workers, students, parents, or community members.
  • To be considered a complete award nomination, all steps must be completed.
  • To assist with the overall submission process, the FFE will create several guiding documents; it is recommended that nominators and nominees pay special attention to these documents to ensure all requirements and eligibility standards are met.
       2018 AWARDS 
  • Excellence in Teaching Awards: Friends of Eve Carson & Newland Family Foundation
  • Walter Allen, Sr. Inspiring Teacher Award
  • Howard B. Stroud Community Service Award
  • Bertis Downs District Services Award (2)
  • Freida M. Thomas Teacher of Promise Award
  • Galis Family Award for Teachers of History and Social Studies
  • Frusanna S. Booth Chair for Teachers of English and Language Arts
  • Charlotte Brown Chair for Teachers of Special Education
  • Lamar Dodd Chair for Teachers of Fine Arts
  • Jenny Penney Oliver Chair for Counselors and Student Support Personnel
  • Margaret & Raymond Ponsoldt Chair for Elementary School Teachers
  • Michael Horvat Secondary Coaches Award



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