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B.E.S.T. Awards for Excellence in Teaching

The Bethlehem Educational Scholastic Trust
B.E.S.T. Awards for Excellence in Teaching

A Call for Nominations!

Since 2000, the B.E.S.T. Awards reward excellence in teaching at the K-12 levels in the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD). The B.E.S.T. Fund at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation began more than fifteen years ago by a group of Bethlehem civic & business leaders who believed that the work of teachers is so critical to the community - as well as to the students - that outstanding teachers required special recognition. Currently, recipients of the B.E.S.T. Awards are chosen by a committee. The Community Foundation coordinates the selection process and works with the committee comprised of teachers, professionals from local colleges and several past recipients of the B.E.S.T. Award.

Teachers are chosen to receive one of three B.E.S.T. Awards:

  • The Seymour and Sophie Haber Award for excellence in teaching at the elementary level;
  • The Bernie Cohen Award for excellence in teaching at the middle school level; and
  • The Anthony Ruggiero Award for excellence in teaching at the high school level.

All recipients of the B.E.S.T. Award receive a certificate and a monetary award. Past recipients of the award are ineligible for a second B.E.S.T. award.


The Nomination Form is online - Click Here
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Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

Grants Announced: August 31, 2017