Exemplary Mentor Teacher Award

Nominations are now closed.  Check back for 2025 nomination deadlines. Check out this VIDEO for more information when submitting nominations.

2024 Award Winner

Christine Grabowski, Monmouth University & Hazlet Township Public Schools

“Grabowski is clearly both an instructional leader and an administrative leader in her school.  She serves as a grade level lead teacher and also as a mentor for novice teachers.  In addition to her school roles, she serves as an adjunct Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Clinical Supervisor, and Cooperating Teacher.  She supports interns each semester and also provides seminars on relevant educational topics to support their growth and success.  She has also presented with school and university colleagues for NASUP and AACTE and has published articles in professional journals that are of interest to practitioners in the field.”  ~from 2024 Awards Ceremony

Award Information

The NASUP award for exemplary PK12 mentor teacher recognizes school-based clinical educators who demonstrate excellence in supporting, coaching, and guiding preservice and/or inservice teachers in their professional growth. Exemplary mentor teachers engage in ongoing, reflective practices, high quality coaching practices, and modeling of effective instructional practices. 

In order for a candidate to be considered eligible for this award, they must:

  • Be a full-time PK12 teacher member of NASUP at the time of the Annual Conference
  • Be actively engaged in mentoring preservice and/or inservice teachers within the last 12 months within a partnership program
  • Attend the annual conference the year being nominated for this award if possible 
  • Receive a nomination from a member of NASUP.

Promoting exemplary practice through demonstrated leadership. Candidates will be considered in light of their contributions in one or more areas, including:

  • Models exemplary pedagogical and andragogical practices
  • Exemplary Coaching/mentoring practices – including specific feedback and support 
  • Promotes links between theory and practice
  • Commitment to reflective practice and continuous improvement 
  • Effective communicator, conferring regularly with partners (University Supervisor, Principals, Mentor teachers) to support understanding of various roles in partnership and improve efficacy of partnership.

The nomination must demonstrate how the recipient is worthy of being named Exemplary Mentor Teacher.  A single nomination letter, no longer than 3 single-spaced pages with 12-point font and 1-inch margins is required.   One supporting letter addressing the criteria for the award, may be submitted in addition to the nomination letter.  A copy of the nominee’s resume or vita must be included. Please note: Nomination letter and supporting letter must be from two different individuals. 

Nominators are encouraged to inform the nominee so that the nominee can provide any information that will assist in providing the nomination.

Selection Process

  1. NASUP members may nominate candidates by letter or email to the Awards Committee using  this link.
  2. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted electronically to the NASUP Awards committee no later than January 22, 2024.
  3. A sub-committee of the Awards Committee will review nominations using a simple rubric based on the eligibility conditions and criteria detailed above.
  4. The winner(s) will be announced at the awards ceremony of the conference and publicized by press release to the honoree’s home institution and via the NASUP publications and website.

Post Award Contribution
Once awarded Exemplary Mentor Teacher, the recipient will be encouraged to publish a brief post describing an effective practice in our NASUP blog, Stories from the Field.

Previous Award Recipients

Christine Grabowski, Monmouth University & Hazlet Township Public Schools 

Clara Outten, Snow Hill Elementary with Salisbury University PDS Network