Nine individuals and three educational programs will be honored at the community celebration which recognizes the top educators and educational programs in accredited schools across Monroe County. The awardees were nominated by their fellow educators, school administration, students and individuals within Monroe County. The awards dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Monroe Convention Center.
Since 2001 The Chamber’s Franklin Initiative, along with the business community, has supported excellence in education with Educators of the Year awards ceremony. In addition to eight educators who will receive an Outstanding Educator Award, Monroe County Community School Corporation’s (MCCSC), Director of Secondary Education Janice L. Bergeson will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding longtime commitment to education.
For more than a decade, the Chamber's Franklin Initiative (FI) has helped to facilitate career awareness while helping students develop the skills necessary to succeed in employment or in continuing education. FI programs such as Classroom Speakers, Reality Store, and Job Shadowing increase student engagement through real-world connections, as well as provide the critical link between the education and business communities.