Last week to nominate for the PPEF Portsmouth Teacher of the Year!

Do you know a teacher who has greatly impacted a child’s education? Someone who truly excels at his/her profession? The Portsmouth Public Education Foundation (PPEF), sponsored by NewportFed, is accepting nominations for the 2010/2011 Portsmouth Public School Teacher of the Year until May 31. Any member of the community is invited to submit a nomination form supporting why their chosen teacher has earned this distinction.

Nomination forms were be distributed to all students in Portsmouth Public Schools to bring home the first week of May (check the bottom of the backpack; it's probably in there somewhere...), and hard-copy forms are available for the community to pick up at NewportFed’s new Portsmouth Branch at 1430 East Main Road.

Or you can pop over to the PPEF web site and download a PDF. You can fill it out onscreen and print, but you need to submit a paper copy.

Nominations will be accepted through May 31. Completed nomination forms can be dropped off at NewportFed's Portsmouth Branch, 1430 East Main Road, during normal business hours; or mailed directly to the PPEF, P.O. Box 58, Portsmouth, RI 02871; or the tech-savvy can email to The winning teacher will be awarded at the PPEF Annual Fall Social in November.

Full disclosure: I serve on the PPEF board, and I like teachers.