This year, the Lindback Foundation will celebrate 10 years of honoring District teachers and principals through its annual awards.
The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation will grant seven awards to principals and 60 awards to teachers. District teachers of all grades will be eligible this year, a move that expands eligibility from previous years, when the award was only given to high school teachers.
Applications for the Lindback awards are now open. Nominations for the Lindback Distinguished Principal Award are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 10, and nominations for the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teachers are due by 5 p.m. March 10.
Since 2007, the Lindback Foundation has given about $2.7 million to outstanding principals and teachers in the District. This year's awards will increase the total to more than $3 million.
The Distinguished Principal Award includes a $20,000 stipend for the school community, and the Award for Distinguished Teachers includes a $3,500 stipend.
“No one enters this profession to receive an award, but it is important to honor these incredible principals and teachers for their commitment to our students,” said Sheldon Bonovitz, a Lindback Foundation trustee. “Many teachers actually use their no-strings-attached stipends to help students in their classrooms, which adds to the profound impact they have had on their school communities.”
Chris Lehmann, principal of Science Leadership Academy and 2012 Lindback Principal Award winner, used his stipend to beef up resources at his school.
“Being recognized by the Lindback committee for the work we do at Science Leadership Academy was a powerful and humbling experience that I consider to be a highlight of my career,” Lehmann said.
“The gift from the committee supported the 1:1 laptop program at SLA in the following year and ensured that our innovation and technology-driven education could continue.”
District Superintendent William Hite said, “We are fortunate in the School District to have exemplary leaders and teachers shaping the way our students learn both inside and outside the classroom. I thank the Lindback Foundation for continuing to make such a meaningful investment in our hardworking principals and teachers.”