New Jersey Department of Education

Additional Recognition Programs

  • LifeChanger of the Year Award: This program is an annual program funded and run by National Life Group and the National Life Group Foundation that recognizes and rewards K-12 educators and school employees from around the country.   The program aims to honor those who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

  • The National Teachers Hall of Fame: This organization seeks to "recognize and honor exceptional career teachers, encourage excellence in teaching, and preserve the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States" by selecting practicing teachers with a minimum of 20 years of full-time preK-12 teaching experience.

  • National Youth Science Camp: Two students are chosen each year to participate in an all-expenses paid, month-long science camp in West Virginia where they spend time with top scientists and participate in outdoor learning experiences.

  • Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary Teaching: Princeton University is seeking nominations for exceptional middle and high school teachers or a team of two co-teachers, who have an important influence on the lives of young people and on the school(s) where they teach.  Each year, four honorees are chosen to receive this prize where each winner receives $5,000 and the winner’s school an additional $3,000 for the purchase of library books. 

  • U.S. Senate Youth Program: Two students (who are elected student body leaders) are chosen each year to participate in a week-long conference in Washington, D.C. where they meet government leaders and learn about the functions of the federal government in this program, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.


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