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Symetra Heroes in the Classroom

Nominate deserving teachers for weekly award




Do you know a teacher who deserves recognition for his or her hard work and dedication? Well now is your chance to make that happen! Sixteen Georgia teachers will win a Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award for outstanding leadership and instructional skills. Teachers will receive a $1,000 donation for their classroom, two tickets to a 2012 Atlanta Falcons home game, as well as a VIP sideline experience at the Georgia Dome and recognition both in their school and on the field.

How do I nominate a teacher?

Who is eligible?

All K-12 teachers in the state of Georgia.

Who can nominate?

  • Current or former students of a nominated teacher
  • Parents of current or former students of a nominated teacher
  • Coworker of a nominated teacher
  • Current or former principal of a nominated teacher
  • School district staff

What are the criteria for selecting Heroes?

Hero selection is based on a teacher's ability to: balance the core curriculum with students' individual needs; build trust among students, parents and the community; and invest in their students' long-term success.

When does it start?

Nominations will be accepted starting May 2012. The first Falcons home game is Sept. 17 against the Denver Broncos. The sooner the nominations are submitted, the more opportunity your favorite teacher has to be a winner!

"Symetra is a strong supporter of education initiatives, which is why we donate time and money to building greater opportunities for students and teachers," says Tom Marra, president and CEO of Symetra Financial. "The Atlanta Falcons have a long history and passion for supporting communities across the state of Georgia, and we are excited to partner with them on this rewarding program."

"Teachers play such a vital role, but often do not receive the recognition they deserve," says Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. "We are excited to recognize individuals that are making a commitment to bettering our communities through education. We look forward to working with Symetra to honor exceptional educators who are helping Georgia students reach their full potential."

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