Catalyst Education Awards
2017 Catalyst Education Award Winners
CATALYST EDUCATION AWARDS
On January 25, 2018, up to four (4) teachers, two (2) principals and one (1) school in Southwest Michigan will be recognized
with a Catalyst Education Award for excellence practices during Catalyst University—a daylong leadership event hosted by the regional economic development catalyst Southwest Michigan First at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo—and, in the pages of 269 MAGAZINE™ an area publication focused on promoting positive stories showcasing Southwest Michigan as the place to make a home, go to work and bring dreams to reality.
Winners will be notified by September 30, 2017 and must be available during the month of October 2017 to tape a video for digital recognition and complete an interview to appear in print in the pages of 269 MAGAZINE™. In addition, winners must appear onstage to receive their recognition and cash award at the official presentation on January 25, 2018 at a time to be announced.
Teacher of the Year Award
Up to four (4) teachers may be recognized with this honor which includes a $2,500 check awarded to the teacher and $2,500 check to fund project of winning teacher’s choice at the school, for a total of $5,000 in monetary prizes.
Principal of the Year Award
Up to two (2) principals may be recognized with this honor which includes a $2,500 check award to the school for a project of the principal’s choice, for a total of $2,500 in monetary prizes.
School of the Year Award
Up to one (1) school may be recognized with this honor which includes a $ 5,000 check for a school project at the winning school, for a total of $5,000 in monetary prizes.
Applications are due before Monday, July 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.
Winners will be notified by Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Here’s everything else you might need to know, in pdf format.
THE WINNER IS. . .
Kalamazoo Candle Company earned the coveted 2017 Makers’ Mart title at Catalyst University! This year’s winner was selected by the 2,500 event attendees from a pool of four finalists—all regional product makers based in Southwest Michigan. Kalamazoo Candle Company, located in downtown Kalamazoo, features a variety of handmade scented candles with a local touch, including a historical picture of Kalamazoo on each label. Owner Adam McFarlin founded the business in October 2013 and has seen strong growth since, moving into a new space within Kalamazoo’s Park Trades Center at the start of 2017. Congratulations!