Award Nominations

Dr. Howard Jack Outstanding Public Educator

Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 17.

The Dr. Howard Jack Outstanding Public Educator Award was created by the Board of Trustees of the Washington County Community Foundation in 2008 to recognize a local public educator who has displayed the ability to inspire children from all backgrounds and abilities, who has earned the respect of colleagues, students and parents, and who is actively engaged in the community. The award is named in honor of Founding Trustee and Past Chairman of the Board, Dr. Howard Jack.


All primary and secondary public school educators serving students in Washington County are eligible. Educators shall include certified teachers, school administrators, and other educators who support public education in grades K-12. One award will be presented each year. Nominees not selected in one year may be resubmitted in another year.


The award will include a grant to the educational program with which the recipient is associated. The amount of the grant shall be determined by the WCCF Board of Trustees, considering available financial resources.

Criteria for Teacher/Other Educator Nomination

  • Has a positive relationship with students both in and out of the classroom
  • Is well-prepared for class and uses a wide variety of techniques to stimulate students to think, to respond, to feel, and to learn
  • Is able to teach all children, from motivated to at-risk students
  • Has earned the respect of other staff, and serves in a leadership or mentoring role for other teachers
  • Is actively involved in the community

Criteria for Administrator Nomination

  • Has a positive relationship with all constituencies and is approachable by all
  • Commitment to young people and staff goes beyond the school day
  • Is a strong leader who is constantly looking at the effectiveness of his/her school or department; possesses strong human relations and communications skills
  • Is well-organized and possesses an ability to handle crisis in an expeditious manner
  • Is actively involved in the community

Nomination/Selection Process

On a continual basis, the WCCF will publicize the availability of the award through its publications and news releases. Applications are to be submitted using this electronic nomination form. Three letters of recommendation, one from a colleague, one from a student, and one from a parent, each attesting to the nominee’s qualifications, are required. Nomination forms and letters of recommendation will be forwarded to the WCCF Marketing Committee for review and recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees, in its sole discretion, shall have the final responsibility of selecting the annual recipient.