About the Award

President Schapiro and Teachers

Winners of the 2012 Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award with President Schapiro, Special Assistant to the President Eugene Lowe, and Commencement Speaker Paul Farmer.

Each year, Northwestern University recognizes outstanding high school teachers at its Commencement ceremony with the Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award. The award is co-sponsored by the Associated Student Government and the Office of the President.

In the fall, President Morton Schapiro asks the graduating seniors to nominate teachers who have had a transforming impact on students. A selection committee chaired by the President of the Associated Student Government and Eugene Lowe, Assistant to the President and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, reviews the nominations and request teaching portfolios from nominated teachers for finalist consideration.

A small group of finalists are interviewed and the committee recommends four outstanding teachers to President Schapiro for this recognition.

Winners of the award are invited to participate in Commencement exercises in June. Each teacher honored receives an award of $2,500.  His or her high school also receives an award of $2,500.

If you are a graduating senior and wish to nominate a high school teacher, please use the teacher nomination form.

If you have any questions about the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher award, please e-mail DSTAwards@northwestern.edu