Jan 21, 2014 6:36 PM by MTN News

Teacher nominations wanted for MT Statehood Centennial Bell Award

GREAT FALLS - Montana middle school principals in Montana - public and private schools - are invited to nominate a 7th and/or 8th grade teacher in their school who is doing an exemplary job in teaching Montana history during the 2013-2014 school year.

Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2014.

All nominees will receive an entry form with the deadline for returning their entry May 9, 2014. A portfolio of materials used by the teacher and two letters of endorsement, one from the principal and one from a student, are requested.

The winner will be notified May 21, 2014.

The winner will be given the 25th Annual Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award as the Montana History Teacher of the Year. The prize is a plaque and $1,250 for the purchase of Montana history materials for his or her school library, reimbursement for lunch, and bus mileage.

The winner and his or her class will travel to Helena on Friday, November 7, 2014 for the award ceremony and to ring the Montana Statehood Centennial Bell in the Capitol in recognition of Montana Statehood Day.

Sponsored by the Montana Television Network and the Sons & Daughters of Montana Pioneers in cooperation with the Office of Public Instruction, the program is aimed at recognizing outstanding teachers in 4th-5th grades in odd-numbered years and 7th-8th grades in odd-numbered years.

Nominations may be emailed to award coordinator Norma Ashby at

Nominations should include the teacher's name, grade, school, address, phone number, email, principal's name, phone number and email address.

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