Nominate a Teacher
Students and parents are welcome to nominate a teacher from SMS! Below are listed several local, state and national ways to nominate SMS teachers.
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ING Unsung Heroes began in 1995 as a way for ING to demonstrate its commitment to the education community. Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning.


B97.5 is recognizing deserving educators throughout East TN with the "Teacher of the Month".

Presented by Sylvan Learning Center

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Program

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the secondary level." Middle school and high school teachers are eligible. Eleven national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Some sections also recognize state winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame annually honors five teachers who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to teaching our nation's children.

Hall of Fame inductees will receive the following awards each year:
* Signet ring and lapel pin presented by Herff Jones, Inc.
* $1,000 in materials for their school district presented by Pearson Education
* A permanent display in The National Teachers Hall of Fame
* A cast bronze belltower award


Effective teachers and education leaders are critical to raising student achievement, and today's increasingly competitive and global economy underscores the need for well-qualified educators in every classroom, school and administrative office.


Each month we honor a teacher in our community and we need your help. Nominate as many teachers as you would like. After a winner is selected, a WATE 6 Storm Team meteorologist will make a surprise visit to the winning teacher's school and the class will be featured on the WATE page.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the Nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The Awards recognize highly qualified K-12 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award

The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards program provides public recognition and financial rewards to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and other education professionals who are furthering excellence in education. by honoring outstanding educators, the program strives to attract, develop, motivate and retain talented people to the challenge and adventure of teaching.


These honors recognize and reward the excellence demonstrated by NEA members nationwide. All NEA members, including teachers, education support professionals and higher education faculty and staff are eligible for the awards.

Time Warner Cable

By bringing the power of cable television's 21st century technology and high-quality programming to teachers, students and parents, we strive to support the learning experience, both in the classroom and for the benefit of the communities we serve.


Each week WBIR will profile a teacher in East Tennessee and acknowledge their part in the advancement of t e education of their students and the contributions to their profession.