Nominations for Local Teacher of the Year Awards Are Being Requested by the Dearborn Area Chamber

Nominations for the 2014 Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Awards are being requested from Dearborn students.  Students are encouraged to recognize favorite teachers who have made significant contributions in their lives. Nominations can be mailed or faxed to the Dearborn Area Chamber offices and can also be downloaded online at  The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 11, 2014. Four winning teachers will be recognized, one each from Pre-K through 2nd grade, 3rd through 5th grade, middle and high school at a special ceremony, Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  LaFontaine Automotive Group is the presenting sponsor of this annual event.

“We want to make this process as simple as possible because we wanted to encourage all students to nominate their favorite teachers,” said Chamber Education Committee Chair Stefanie Stover. “Teachers make such an impact in the lives of our community’s children. We expect to receive approximately 1,000 nominations again this year.”

The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center will host the annual award ceremony and reception for nominated teachers, nominating students and the public.

“The Teacher of the Year Awards began in 1997, under the leadership of Chamber Member Alberta Muirhead,” said Stover.  In its first year, 65 nominations were received for 57 teachers in 19 schools. “We received over 1,000 nominations last year,” added Stover.

Teachers selected will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a glass award commemorating their achievement, and will become part of a select group of Dearborn teachers who have been recognized by the community for their dedication and passion for teaching.

Community partners sponsoring this nomination process and event are LaFontaine Automotive Group, McDonald’s “The Future,” Davenport University, Dearborn Federal Savings Bank, Gallagher Benefits Services, Dearborn Federation of Teachers, Central Michigan University, Severstal North America, Henry Ford Community College, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Global E Group, Fairlane Town Center, Sylvan Learning Center, Del Taco, HYPE Athletics, Co-Op Services Credit Union, Applebees, Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, Bangkok 96 Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, West Village Dental Care, Rugenski Chiropractic, Dearborn Education Foundation, Tim Horton’s, PKSA Karate of Dearborn, Glass Academy, Dearborn Symphony, Sam’s Club of Southgate, and The Henry Ford.

Sam’s Club of Southgate will provide reception refreshments and additional incentives for teachers. Central Michigan University will donate the gift bag for each attending teacher and The Glass Academy will donate the glass “apple” awards for each teacher.

Education is one of the Dearborn Area Chamber’s core strategies.  Through programs such as Teacher of the Year, the Chamber, a 600+ member organization, cultivates learning and mentoring opportunities between the student population and local business.

For more information, please contact the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce by phone at 313-584-6100. Be sure to follow the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook at, on Twitter @DbnAreaChamber and online at for all the latest news and events.