2023 Educators of Excellence Award Application

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New Memphis knows that great leadership is needed in every corner of our community — from the board room to the classroom. Educators are essential leaders in our community as your impact and investment is critical to our city’s future success. At New Memphis, we believe it is paramount to recognize the contribution of our best educators, to learn from your experiences, and to support you in your growth. Your work is transformational to students, fellow educators, and Memphis as a whole. To recognize and celebrate the outstanding work of exceptional educators, we launched the New Memphis Educators of Excellence Awards in 2018. The whole city needs to hear your stories – why you are driven to teach, the sacrifices you make to be excellent for our kids, and how you approach your classrooms and schools with innovative, resilient spirits. .

To be eligible to apply:
  • You must be employed in Memphis as one of the following at the time of application and at time of recognition (fall 2023): prek-12th grade full-time teacher, instructional staff, support staff, or school or network administrator
To learn more about the award and how winners are recognized, click here.  Thank you to the generous support of the Crews Family Foundation for making this award possible.

If there are multiple campuses, please be specific

Please be specific, i.e. "9th grade English teacher" instead of "Teacher"

New Memphis affiliation is not required to be eligible for the award.  Check out our website to learn more about our programs.
Demographic information helps New Memphis better understand who we are serving. If you prefer not to answer, please select that option. 

Eligibility Information                 



We may reach out to your references between now and August 2023 to provide further information.

Reference 1 should come from a member of your most recent school administration.  If you are an administrator, reference 1 should come from a member of your district/CMO leadership or network team.

Reference 2 may be anyone who has worked with you in a professional setting. 

Reference #1

Reference #2


Please provide your responses to the following questions in the text boxes below.  Responses should be no more than 500 words in length.   It is recommended to type in another application and then copy and paste into the space below.