NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and the Berkshire Superintendent’s Roundtable announce that nominations for the Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award 2017 are open through Dec. 16. The next group of recipients will be honored at MCLA in May 2017, as part of the National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Educators employed in Early Childhood and pre-K-12 schools located in Berkshire County, guidance counselors, directors and other specialists, as well as permanent, part-time educators are eligible for this award.

“Given MCLA's rich history and tradition of teacher preparation, we are pleased to support the 2017 Educator Award,” said Jake Eberwein, Ed.D., dean of graduate and continuing education at MCLA. “While this award recognizes the impact of four distinguished county educators, it also provides an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the efforts of all educators across our region. These educators do fantastic work on behalf of children, and more broadly, our community.”

Potential award recipients must be nominated by another educator, district/school administrator, or program director/provider, and have at least five years of experience in a program, school or classroom setting. Typically, pre-K-12 applicants also must have achieved Professional Licensure, or the equivalent licensure, in Massachusetts.

In addition, nominees should show distinction in education as demonstrated in classroom teaching or by their primary activities, as well as service to the profession, the community, or the region.

Awards will be given in each of the following four categories: Early Childhood – Community Setting; Elementary pre-K-Grade 2; Grades 3-5; and Grades 7-12. Winners each will receive a monetary award in the amount of $500, and a $200 monetary award will go to each recipient’s school or education center.

Administrators such as principals and superintendents are not eligible to receive this award.

For a nomination form and more information, please contact Tracey Garlington, (413) 662-5575, or, or go to

Applications must be received by Dec. 16.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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