FRANK MCCOURT PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
TEACHERS IN ALL DISCIPLINES
This Award honors the spirit of Frank McCourt, who was a teacher himself in New York City schools for over thirty years before achieving fame with the publication of his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Angela’s Ashes. Despite the immense success of this book and its two sequels, ’Tis and Teacher Man, Frank McCourt remained a teacher at heart. As a resident of Roxbury, McCourt gave generously of his time, talents, and energy to ASAP! and other local causes. He was instrumental in establishing the ASAP!’s Celebration of Young Writers and making it the wonderful and important event it is today.
The chief goal of the annually awarded Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching is to recognize teachers whose imaginative assignments and techniques have inspired students to become enthusiastic learners. A secondary goal is to find and promote ideas and practices that can be adopted by other teachers.
The Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually – details about this year’s event TBD.
NOMINATE A TEACHER
Nominate a teacher for The Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching below. Once your nomination has been received, ASAP! will send an email to the nominee informing them of their nomination and the application requirements.
SUBMIT A TEACHER APPLICATION
Teachers who have been nominated for the Frank McCourt Prize are required to complete and submit an application to be considered. Guidelines for the application are available through the link below. ASAP! looks forward to receiving your materials and celebrating the innovative and inspired work of our local educators.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Thursday, April 30th, 2020
WE CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF ROBERT J. FELEKEY, WINNER OF THE 2019 FRANK MCCOURT PRIZE
Bob Felekey was in his 15th year as a Physical Science Teacher in 8th grade at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford. He was the Founder of the West Hartford Hiking Club, the KP Science Club and co-founder of the West Hartford Girls Who Code Club. He received fellowships from the Yale-Peabody Museum, 3M TWIST Program, and UCONN School of Engineering DaVinci and Joule Programs. He received the CT Science Center Teacher Ambassador Award and was certified in the NGSS Exemplar Program and as an Instructor in Sun Do and “Move, Breathe and Smile.” He received numerous grants ranging from the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, West Hartford Foundation for Public Schools, King Philip PTO and donorschoose.org. He taught in the MIT ZeroRobotics program offered at CCSU and at the Florence E. Smith STEM School in the STEAM PM Program. He was recently honored as the Educator of the Game by the Hartford Yard Goats. We join Robert Felekey’s students in celebrating his life.
JULY 27 - AUGUST 7, 2020
Sign up today for ASAP!'s celebrated Summer Camp. Unplug, connect with nature, and explore the arts!
CELEBRATION OF YOUNG WRITERS
DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2020
ASAP! is calling all public, private, and home-schooled children in grades K-12 to participate in this inspiring literary project.