Nine teachers will be selected to be this year’s Ercia Harden Teaching Excellence Award winners at a ceremony Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the Steinbeck Dining Hall of Hartnell College.
The Ercia Harden Teaching Excellence Awards were established in 1989 to recognize and reward superior teaching in the Salinas Valley. The awards are funded by the Harden Foundation and administered by the Hartnell College Foundation and Hartnell Center for Teacher Education.
All teachers in elementary school through college are eligible to be nominated for this award. Each nominee is awarded $150 and certificates. The nine awardees will receive $1,500 and a plaque recognizing their achievements.
The awards will be presented by Joseph Grainger, executive director of the Harden Foundation, and Dr. Nancy Kotowski, superintendent of Monterey County School District. One of last year’s award winners, Charles Felice of Mission Trails Regional Occupational Program, will give the alumni address.