ASC seeks nominations of exceptionally creative teachers who have a distinguished career of more than 15 years teaching the arts, sciences or history or who have demonstrated creative infusion of the Arts, Sciences or History into the core curriculum.

Three $5,000 awards are presented every three years through the support of ASC’s Cato Excellence in Teaching Endowment. The awards will be presented during a special ceremony in Spring 2020.

Teachers, principals, school administrators, parents or students may nominate teachers for consideration. Nominations should be submitted in digital format. 

Deadline for receipt of all materials is 5:00 pm on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Materials can be uploaded to this form or emailed to


Nominations must be submitted in digital format (either uploaded to this form OR emailed) and must include:
  • Nomination form
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (1 school administrator, 1 teaching colleague and 1 other) 

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Eligible teachers must be a Pre-K through 12th grade teacher working for (or retired within the last 2 years from) a public or independent school in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln or Union counties in North Carolina or Lancaster or York counties in SC.
  • Nominees should exhibit a long-standing career marked by innovation and excellence in teaching focused on the Arts, Sciences or History or creative infusion of the Arts, Sciences or History into the core curriculum; school and community leadership; and dedication to the field of education.