Nominations for Excellence in Education now open

SIDNEY — The Sidney Rotary Club is now accepting nominations for the 2018-2019 Excellence in Education Award.

Any state certified teacher, of grades pre-K through 12, who is employed by an accredited school in Shelby County, is eligible for nomination for one of the three awards.

The spouse and/or children of any current officer, board member of The Sidney Rotary Club, or Excellence in Education committee member are not eligible for consideration during the current year.

Awards will be presented during the month of May 2019 at a Sidney Rotary recognition program. Students, colleagues, parents, administrators or the general public may nominate. Teachers may not nominate themselves.

Those who wish to nominate someone may fill out an online form and are directed to, in their own words, describe what impact this teacher has had on students; how the nominee improves student achievement, improves the lives of students beyond academics, and uses best practices; and how this teacher works in innovative and creative ways to support high-quality teaching and learning.

Online forms can be found here, at

Last year’s winners were Sara Olding, an English teacher at Sidney High School, Ernestine Daugherty, a first-grade teacher at Fort Loramie Elementary School, and Alanna Lotz, a fourth- and fifth-grade math teacher at Jackson Center Elementary School.