Master in the Middle Awardmaster in the middle logo

Purpose: NELMS seeks to honor teachers who are devoted to young adolescents, committed to best middle practices, and who have taught for 20 or more years.

Selection Criteria:

  • Passionate about middle level education
  • Currently teaching middle level students
  • Serves as an educational leader
  • Advocates for the middle level community
  • Provides formal/informal mentoring to colleagues
  • Models effective middle level instructional practices, such as:
    • Incorporating activity-based learning
    • Developing a sense of student ownership in their learning
    • Integrating higher order thinking
    • Fostering curriculum connections
    • Using a variety of assessment tools
    • Building relationships with students and families

Application Process: The nominator must collect the following, and send all materials in one packet to: NELMS, 50 High Street, Suite 10, North Andover, MA 01845.

  • The nominator must address in writing how the nominee meets the six (6) criteria stated above, in 1,500 words or less, (250 words per criteria).
  • The nominator must collect one letter of support, of not more than five hundred (500) words, from each of the following:
    • A parent or community member associated with the nominee's current career
    • A former or current student from the nominee
    • A professional colleague of the nominee

Recognition:Those that receive an award will be recognized at the NELMS Annual Conference, receive a two-day registration to the annual conference and will be recognized in Mid Lines, the NELMS newspaper, and be listed on the web site.

The recipient will also be invited to present the award to the 2017 award winner along with a voucher to attend the 2017 Annual Conference.

Deadline: The packet must be received by 3:30pm on January 6, 2017.

Nomination Form: Master in the Middle pdf

This year's recipient:

Ervin Connary–Technology Education Teacher, The Whitefield School, Whitefield, NH
Juliana Jones–English/Reading Teacher, Cooperative Middle School, Stratham, NH
Laurie Ann Griggs–Social Studies Teacher, Alton Central School, Alton, NH