Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award

Application period closed on Friday, April 15, 2016

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The award, which is sponsored by the Board of Regents, honors the life and career of Helen Bach Moss, a young New York State educator who passed away in 1988. Mrs. Moss touched the lives of many people; her career was distinguished by a genuine respect and love for children. She was ever caring toward students and their parents and acted as a worthy role model in all of her endeavors. Her family and friends petitioned the Board of Regents to establish a memorial fund that would go annually to other elementary teachers exhibiting these qualities and provide an endowment to award a cash stipend of $1,000 to an elementary teacher. This award recognizes early childhood education as the most effective investment for long-term educational success.

The simple nomination process for the Better Beginnings Award involves the preparation of statements of support from students, parents, other educators, and the local community. Nominees should be current teachers who are skilled at engaging young minds and developing nurturing relationships with elementary school students.

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Honors the life and career of Helen Bach Moss, a young New York State educator

who passed away in 1988.

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GENERAL GUIDELINES
Purpose
The purpose of the award, which celebrates the life and career of Helen Bach Moss, is to recognize elementary teachers who are gifted in finding and nurturing the strengths of each student and fostering trusting relationships among pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Eligibility
To be eligible, the nominee must be currently teaching at the elementary level (PreK-6) at a public or private school, and be appropriately credentialed in New York State.

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The spirit of the award is that better beginnings make stronger completions.

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This award recognizes early childhood education as the most effective investment

for long-term success.

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Questions related to this process may be directed to:

Ms. Elena Bruno

Office of Higher Education

(518) 486- 2978

Elena.Bruno@nysed.gov

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Recognizes teachers who are skilled at engaging young minds and

developing nurturing relationships with elementary school students.


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Last Updated: June 24, 2016