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Outstanding Middle Level Educator in the English Language Arts Award

The Outstanding Middle Level Educator in the English Language Arts Award (formerly the Edwin A. Hoey Award) recognizes exceptional English language arts teachers of grades 6-8 who have demonstrated excellence in teaching English language arts and inspired a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning in their students.

2015 Award Winner

Sandra KowalczykSandra Kowalczyk from Patrick Marsh Middle School, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, has been named the winner of the 2015 Outstanding Middle Level Educator in the English Language Arts Award.

Kowalczyk is a reading specialist of grades six and seven and teaches literacy intervention classes for high-needs students, including struggling readers and writers, immigrants, English language learners, and students with disabilities.  Learn more about Sandra.

Nomination Information

All nominations must contain the following items and be submitted by the May 1 deadline:

Nomination Cover Form—Answer all questions on Cover Form and include all signatures. Nominator must sign Nomination Cover Form.
Nominator Narrative—Not to exceed 5 pages (double-spaced). Nominator details examples of the nominee's exemplary English language arts teaching.
Nominee Narrative—Not to exceed 3 pages (double-spaced). Nominee details examples of his/her exemplary English language arts teaching.
Two Letters of Support—Each not to exceed one page. One letter must be from a parent or student and the other from a supervisor or teaching peer (other than the nominator).
Nominee's Teaching Schedule—A copy of the nominee’s schedule outlining teaching day/week. The information provided should be as detailed as possible to represent the nominee's responsibilities during the teaching day/week.
Nominee's professional résumé

Applicants should be full-time English language arts teachers of students in grades 6-8 ("full-time" is defined as that school district's standard number of contact hours with students) and have taught for at least five years in public or private school in the United States, its territories, or Canada.  Applicants do not have to be a member of NCTE to apply and may be nominated by a supervisor or teaching peer who can provide credible evidence of achievements or be self-nominated.

Applicants should demonstrate exceptional abilities in these categories:

  • Fostering a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning
  • Utilizing scholarship from literature, writing, or other appropriate fields
  • Utilizing the twelve interrelated NCTE content standards
  • Participating in professional activities such as workshops, curriculum development, committees, other association activities, and the like.

Submit nomination information by the May 1 deadline:

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Postal mail to Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award Committee, NCTE, 1111 West Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096


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Past Winners

Fran H. Squires, Pine View School of Osprey, Florida, 2014
Brooke Eisenbach, Tomlin Middle School, Plant City, FL, 2013
Jason Griffith, Lamberton Middle School, Carlisle, PA, 2012
Susan Houser, Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle, St. Petersburg, FL, 2011
Susan Harris, Elizabeth Cobb Middle School, Tallahassee, FL, 2010
Mike Roberts, Rowland Hall Middle School, Salt Lake City, UT, 2009
Deborah A. Peters, Northwestern Lehigh Middle School, New Tripoli, PA, 2008
Lori Atkins Goodson, Wamego Middle School, Wamego, KS, 2007
Jane Feber, Mandarin Middle School, Jacksonville, FL, 2006
Sheila Newell, Jane Long Middle School, Houston, TX, 2005
Barry Hoonan, Odyssey Multiage, Bainbridge Island, WA, 2004
Nancie Atwell, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, ME, 2003
Cora Lee Five, Edgewood Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY, 2002
Steven Layne, Butler Jr. High School, Oak Brook, IL, 2001
Linda Rief, Oyster River Middle School, Durham, NH, 2000
Elizabeth Close, Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland, NY, 1999
Rise Paynter, Binford Elementary School, Bloomington, IN, 1998


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