The New Jersey Department of Education invites school administrators to nominate up to three outstanding elementary (grades pre-K to 5th grade) educators for the 2022 Exemplary Educator Recognition Program.

The annual Exemplary Educator Recognition Program honors diverse educators who:

  • Have a positive impact on their students, colleagues and their school community.
  • Possess a clear vision for quality teaching and learning.
  • May be a candidate for recognition at the county, state and national levels.

The NJDOE encourages administrators to consider exceptional educators with diverse backgrounds to ensure that honorees represent the ethnic and racial diversity of New Jersey.

Administrators can nominate up to three total teachers, specialists and principals from New Jersey public school districts (including charter schools and renaissance school projects) who have taught for at least five years, demonstrated exceptional teaching and leadership abilities and received a rating of effective or highly effective on their latest final summative evaluation.

Administrators must complete and submit the online 2022 Exemplary Educator Recognition program recommendation form for each nominee. To submit a nomination, administrators will need a district-level Exemplary Educator account from their district’s Homeroom administrator. Completed nomination forms must be submitted online by 4 p.m., April 8.

For full criteria and recommendation form information, refer to this information sheet.

Nominations are confidential and should not be shared with recommended nominees. If a nominated candidate is selected as an Exemplary Educator, their nominator will receive a certificate of recognition in November 2022 via mail to share with the awardees.

For more information, contact Nancy Besant, state educator recognition program coordinator.