Recognizing Innovative Projects in Support of
Cultivating Literacy & Lifelong Readers

We are proud to announce our 2014 Teacher Award Recipients


First Place
10,000 Grant Recipient

5th Grade Reading Teacher
Cache 5th - 6th Grade Center
Cache, OK

Robin Muse’s energy and enthusiasm in bringing together her Lawton community, parents and students, has fittingly earned her the 2014 Penguin Random House Teacher Award for Literacy. Her program I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Community Connection (Innovation in Students Partnering Imagination and Reading Excellence), combines technology, arts & crafts and strong parent and community involvement to create a collaborative program significantly increase reading fluency and the simple love of reading.


Second Place
$5,000 Grant Recipient

English Teacher
Two Rivers High School
Ogden, UT

Teaching at-risk students at an alternative high school, Cassie has the extraordinary ability to connect with students and is committed to the high number of struggling reluctant readers. Through her “Handshakes” initiative, students are immersed in selected books through special guest authors beyond the normal “classroom visit.” Seeking stories that “shake my student’s hands” she creates school-wide and community-wide experiences centered around authors and books.


Third Place
$2,500 Grant Recipient

English Teacher
Whitehaven High School
Memphis, TN

Students that participate
Kimual Snow’s Service-Learning Initiative discover for them- selves the importance of literacy and literature as they exper- ience and interact with selected non-profit organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the American Cancer Society, to name a few. Through researching, planning and strategizing on how to create their own books and documentaries for their selected project, students become empowered and establish a positive relationship with the written word.

Special Runner-Ups will receive a $250 Grant Award and Penguin Random House Book Donation:

Allisa Abraham, Rockdale Career Academy, Michigan
Clare Hagan, DeWitt Clinton High School, New York
Jaqueline King, Heritage High School, Florida
Kristy Lewis, Middlesboro Elementary, Virginia
Michelle Link, Beloved Community Charter School, New Jersey
Sarah Mulhern Gross, High Technology High School, New Jersey
Valerie Neri Munoz, Coeur d’Alene School, California
Christopher Nagel, Bethel Park High School, Pennsylvania
Emily Oxnard, Northwood School, New Hampshire
Amanda Xavier, IS 62, New York

Apply or Nominate an Educator You Know!

The Penguin Random House Teacher Awards recognize the nation’s most dynamic
and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a
love of reading in students. The winning teachers will be awarded grants to help
make their innovative reading programs possible.

First Place: $10,000      Second Place: $5,000      Third Place: $2,500

Application Deadline: May 1

2015 Application Form    2015 Teacher Awards Guidelines

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