FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The window has opened to nominate a teacher who deserves some extra recognition with a Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education.

The Premier’s Awards were established to recognize the efforts of the exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff who make B.C. schools great.

The awards are given each year to education professionals in B.C. who work in the public, independent or First Nations school systems.

This year, there are ten different categories to nominate an education professional:

Winners won’t be the only ones getting something for their efforts though. The winner’s school community gets rewarded as well.

Award winners will get a $3,000 taxable personal bursary for their professional learning, and the school community gets a $2,000 contribution for professional learning.

Runners up get a $1,000 taxable bursary and a $1,000 contribution to their school community.

The Outstanding new teacher award is for teachers who have at least 3 years of teaching experience in B.C., and less than 7 years of total experience.

To nominate a teacher, go to the B.C. Government website. The nomination window closes on January 7th, 2022, the finalists will be announced in February, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in April.

The Province created the awards program in 2018 to honour the contributions of educators and education professionals who go above and beyond for their students.