Since 2001, Horace Mann has partnered with the National Education Association and the NEA Foundation to recognize, reward and promote excellence in teaching through the Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence.
Five educators from around the country have been named recipients of the 2013 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence. Each will receive a $10,000 award and be recognized at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on Feb. 8, 2013.
The five recipients are:
- Kellie Blair-Hardt, special education teacher, Metz Middle School (VA)
- Melissa Collins, second grade teacher, John P. Freeman Optional School (TN)
- Julia Marshall, teacher interventionist and literacy coach, Rosewood Elementary International School (SC)
- Leslie Nicholas, language arts teacher, Wyoming Valley West Middle School (PA)
- Jennifer Thomas, instructional coach and English language arts teacher (CA)
2014 nomination process
Each spring, the NEA Foundation accepts nominations from NEA federal, state and direct affiliates for the Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence. All nominees must be nominated by an NEA affiliate.
Learn more about the online nomination process at the NEA Foundation’s website.