Dec. 2, 2016


Now is the time to nominate an
exceptional Indianapolis Public Schools teacher and a principal for the 2017
Hubbard Life-Changing Educator Award and the Life-Changing School Leadership Award, respectively. Three teachers and one principal
will be awarded the top prize and will receive $25,000 each. Up to six
finalists will be awarded $1,000 each!


So what does it feel like to be singled
out as a “life-changing educator” and handed a check for $25,000? Daphne Draa,
from Center for Inquiry School 2, can tell you in one word — exhilarating.Daphne Draa


“I heard my name called at the awards
ceremony, and I was overcome with pride for everyone seated with me at my table
– my mom, husband, three students and a parent of one of my students,” said
Draa, who teaches art and design. “This is my calling. I consider my ability to
teach and build relationships with young people my greatest gift, and it was
exhilarating to be honored in this public way.”


The Hubbard Life-Changing Educator Award
is named after local philanthropists and education advocates Al and Kathy
Hubbard, who have been funding this awards program through The United Way of
Central Indiana since 2014.


Nominations can be submitted online at www.hubbardaward.org until January 27, 2017. Teachers and principals at all IPS
schools — traditional neighborhood schools, choice programs, autonomous and
Innovation Network schools — are eligible for the award.


“We’re honored to once again recognize
those IPS teachers and principals who make an enormous impact on children’s
lives and on our schools,” said Al Hubbard, who serves as Chairman of E&A
Companies, an Indianapolis-based business. “Especially now, all students need
to be surrounded by positive role models in our education system who can guide
them on a path to success. Kathy and I are honored to shine the light on those
talented teachers and principals who make a big difference in our community.”


Since its inception in 2014, the Hubbard
Award has presented $25,000 each to: Tina Ahlgren, Julie Bakehorn, Daphne Draa,
Cynthia Hartshorn, Margi Higgs, Ann Mennonno, Rhonda Pierre, Donna Pope-Green,
Antonia Powell, Marleen Signer, Roslyn Stradford, Stella Vandivier, Deb
Wolinsky and Doris Young.


Overall, 586 teachers have been nominated
from 67 schools.