It is with great pleasure that I write to tell you that the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of English, has selected you as a 2017 NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence award winner. Only a handful of secondary educators are recognized each year.
The award committee was impressed with not only your credentials as a decorated educator but also your glowing letters of support. In particular, one statement from Angie Gussler resonated with those reviewing your application:
Lena has always been driven to develop her skills as an educator. As a lifelong learner, her membership in various professional communities provides ongoing professional development, which she incorporates in her lessons and shares with colleagues. Lena has worked closely with her department to create a remediation plan and resource packet for at-risk students in English Language Arts. Lena embraces any professional development opportunity, which makes her an ideal leader in the building.
Statements such as that led the committee to the realization that you must be Ohio's recipient of the NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence Award this year. Your dedication to students, colleagues, and the craft of teaching is worthy of recognition and applause.
It is my sincere hope that you will be able to join us in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 16-19, 2017. Each recipient will be recognized with a certificate on Saturday at the Secondary Section Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention. Please note that each recipient will be responsible for purchasing his or her own luncheon ticket and tickets for any guests. Reserved seating will be offered along with a booklet highlighting comments from the letters of recommendation. Detailed information regarding registration can be obtained from NCTE.
Again, congratulations on your outstanding achievement. Please feel free to contact me with additional questions.
Karla Hayslett, OCTELA Executive Director