R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence

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R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence, sponsored by the R.E.B. Foundation, is a supporting organization of TCF. The awards serve to identify, recognize, and promote excellence in classroom teaching in area public schools. Established in 1988, the program represents an important private sector initiative to strengthen the quality of public education by focusing on the teacher. 

The program is based on the belief that a child's educational experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels should develop basic skills and form life-long positive habits toward learning and discipline. Further, the foundation is committed to improving public education so as to benefit a broad segment of our community. 

Grants to individual teachers will be awarded to support professional development and enrichment activities and to share educational ideas and experiences with teacher colleagues. Grants support projects of the teachers' own designs, including grants that support advanced degrees and world travel. 


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. 

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 Forms

The first phase of the nomination process requires completion of both the nomination form and a separate letter of support from a second individual.  Please note that while these forms are available online, hard copies must be returned to The Community Foundation.  The deadline for nomination forms was Monday, February 24th at 5 pm. Nominations are no longer being accepted.

Nominee Response and Release & Principal Evaluation Forms

All nominated teachers, along with their principals, will be informed of their nomination.  The second phase of the nomination process requires completion of both the nominee response and release form and principal evaluation form, which are provided below.  These forms are due on Monday, March 24th at 5 pm.