About the Awards

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
This award recognizes a recent graduate who has shown outstanding leadership and/or exceptional commitment to the education of children. The recipient of this award personifies the mission of the School of Education by emphasizing the interconnectedness of homes, schools, and communities through both professional and volunteer work.

Excellence in Teaching Award
Recognizes a teacher whose creativity and knowledge of a discipline have been expressed through the development of an innovative and compelling curriculum. The recipient will exemplify the arts of teaching that School programs support.

Distinguished Leadership Award
Recognizes exceptional service in furthering the mission and programs of the School. The recipient will have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing the learning opportunities available to the School’s community of alumni, faculty and students.

Excellence in Innovation Award
Recognizes innovation in the entrepreneurial environment of education. The recipient of this award has demonstrated exceptional accomplishments as an entrepreneur utilizing skills obtained in their study and association with the School of Education.

Peabody Award
Recognizes an outstanding individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the field of education. The recipient will have demonstrated a sustained and significant commitment to improving education in North Carolina and/or across the nation.