R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence

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The R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence were established in 1988 to recognize public school teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance. This program has been developed by The Community Foundation and is funded by the R.E.B. Foundation.  The R.E.B. Foundation believes that a child’s educational experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels should develop basic skills and form positive life-long habits toward learning and discipline. The R.E.B. Foundation is committed to improving public education so as to benefit a broad segment of the community. 

The R.E.B. awards are designed to identify, recognize, and support teaching excellence in the metropolitan Richmond public school systems. Grants ranging from $4,000 to $12,000 each will be given to approximately fifteen teachers to support professional development activities. Recipients will be required to share educational ideas and experiences with fellow teachers.

The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administration, and the community at-large. Teachers are not permitted to self-nominate and Principals may not nominate their own teachers.  The eleven-member Steering Committee will review each nomination to determine final candidates. Final candidates will be asked to submit proposals and participate in an interview describing use of the award.


Nominations for the R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence are invited from parents, students, educators, and the community at-large. Eligibility is limited to full-time classroom teachers employed by the public school divisions of the City of Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico Counties, as well as the Department of Juvenile Justice - Division of Education in these localities. 

  • Eligibility for the award is limited to full-time, classroom teachers in grades K-12 employed by the public school divisions of the City of Richmond, Counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico, and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
  • Teachers must have completed a minimum of three years of full-time service.
  • Past winners become eligible at the beginning of the sixth year following their last award.
  • A teacher cannot be selected as an award finalist more than twice during a five-year period.

The qualities of an outstanding teacher may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Strong knowledge of subject matter;
  • Dedication to the teaching profession;
  • Inspires students and peers;
  • Motivates students to develop skills and form positive habits towards learning and discipline;
  • Utilizes creative methods to engage students in the subject matter.

Size of Awards

Competitive proposals will be invited from final candidates selected by the R.E.B Awards Steering Committee from among all teacher nominations. The size of individual grant awards will range from $4,000 to $12,000.

Nomination Process - please review completely before beginning an online nomination

The R.E.B. Foundation will consider the following items in selecting final candidates:

1. Nomination
Nominations must be submitted through The Community Foundation's online system. No individual may nominate more than one teacher.  Nominators are requested to obtain the nominee’s consent. Nominations are welcome from all individuals with the exception of the nominee’s principal who will be responsible for an independent evaluation.  Nominations made by students in grades K-5 must be accompanied by an endorsement from an adult within the space provided online. Teachers may not self-nominate.
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2016

2. Letter of Support
A letter in support of the nomination from another individual must be submitted.  This letter will be uploaded onto the online nomination.  Please obtain the letter of support before beginning the online nomination process.
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2016

3. Nominee Response & Release
Once the nomination is complete, the nominator will send an email to the nominee to complete the Nominee Response and Release. You will be prompted to complete this email correspondence at the conclusion of the online nomination process. The Nominee Response and Release allows the teacher to provide a written response to three standardized questions concerning his or her accomplishments in education. The nominee will also be asked to allow the Foundation to request performance information from his or her principal.
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016

4. Principal’s Evaluation
The nominator will also send an email to the nominee's principal to complete the Principal Evaluation, an assessment of the nominee’s classroom performance. You will be prompted to complete this email correspondence at the conclusion of the online nomination process.
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016

Nominees whose online nominations do not contain these four elements by 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 21, 2016 will not be considered further. Recipients of this year’s R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence will be announced in November 2016. Decisions of the Board of the R.E.B. Foundation are final.



The Community Foundation - Susan Hallett or Stacey Keeley - 804-330-7400

Chesterfield County Public Schools - Beth Tiegen - 804-594-1753

Hanover County Public Schools - Robert Sargeant - 804-365-4591

Henrico County Public Schools - Leslie Traylor - 804-652-3671

Richmond Public Schools - Darlene Currie - 804-780-7775

Department of Juvenile Justice - Lynda D. Hickey - 804-588-4404