To the Class of 2020,
Did you have a teacher in high school who made a big difference in your life? Someone whose teaching inspired you, and whose dedication helped you on your path? If you did, I invite you to nominate them for the 2020 Olmsted Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching.
Every year the college honors several teachers with the Olmsted Prize by bringing them to Williamstown during Commencement weekend and presenting each of them with an award, a $3,000 individual prize and an additional $5,000 for their school. The recipients are celebrated at a special dinner and during Ivy Exercises.
Past recipients report being incredibly honored by this tribute from their former students, and say the events are among the most memorable moments in their careers. It’s also a great chance for Williams to honor teachers and teaching by publicly thanking some of the many devoted people who helped you and your fellow students get here.
I invite every senior to nominate a teacher who had a profound impact on your life. You’ll find all the necessary information—including guidelines and a nomination form—on the Olmsted website.
The deadline for nominations is Sunday, January 5. Please take this opportunity to participate in one of Williams’ most wonderful traditions.