Outstanding Educator Awards Program

Regional Outstanding Educator Awards

Northwest Education Services (formerly Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District),  in collaboration with Traverse Connect (formerly Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce) and TBA Credit Union, annually seek nominations for teachers, administrators and school support staff who make outstanding contributions toward the education of students throughout the five-county Traverse Bay region. The regional Outstanding Educator Awards honor the top individuals selected from a pool of candidates who are nominated by community members, professional peers, students and parents. Nomination criteria, forms and a list of past honorees are provided below.

2021 Award Criteria & Nomination Form

Past Award Recipients

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Congratulations to the 2021 Honorees (in alpha order)

Jessie Houghton
TCAPS Central High School, Principal
Kathy Larkin
Alba Public School 6th/7th Grade Teacher, Title IX Teacher
Nancy Martin
GTACS St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School Teacher (Retired June 2021)
Eric Ranke
TCAPS West Senior High School Spanish Teacher
Terrie Rawlings
Forest Area Community Schools Middle School Teacher
Becky Westphal
Northwest Education Services Teacher for Special Education
Megan Zell
Northwest Education Services Assistive Technology Consultant