Phares Those Who Excel
  • The award categories are:

    The Donald M. Phares Classroom Teacher – classroom teachers with five or more years’ experience

    Early Career Educator – classroom teachers with 1 – 4 years’ experience


    • Superintendent, Executive Director, Principal, Assistant Principal, Directors or Coordinators

    Student Support Personnel (licensed)

    • Media/librarian
    • Guidance counselor
    • School psychologist
    • School Social Worker
    • School Nurse
    • Speech/Language Pathologist

    Educational Service Personnel (unlicensed)

    • Bus Driver
    • Crossing Guard
    • Cafeteria Worker
    • Janitor/Custodian
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Aide/Paraprofessional

    Community Volunteer

    Team – includes any team of staff members and/or volunteers, including grade-level teams; School Leadership Teams; administrative teams or teams of volunteers including PTOs or Adopt-A-School teams.


    Go to to download entry forms and nomination guidelines. If you have questions, please email

Donald M. Phares

Those Who Excel Nomination Packet