Excellence in Teaching Award

Ball Brothers Foundation’s Excellence in Teaching Award annually recognizes a public school educator in Delaware County who brings innovation, enthusiasm and 21st century skills to the classroom. Criteria for selection include the teacher’s use of unique approaches to motivate students by creating authentic learning experiences grounded in core academic content. In addition, the teacher must display integrity and responsibility to the community, students, colleagues and school and be accountable to his/her area of academic training.

The Excellence in Teaching Award includes a $15,000 grant to support creativity and innovation in the school district, school and classroom of the winning teacher.

How to apply

Eligibility: Superintendents of public schools in Muncie and Delaware County may nominate faculty members who have a minimum of three years of teaching experience and are actively teaching in the classroom in public schools in grades K-12 in Delaware County. Candidates must be fully accredited to teach in Indiana.

Timeline: BBF will accept nominations between September 1 and February 1 each year. A panel of outside judges will review nominations. BBF staff members will rank finalists and conduct two-part evaluations consisting of personal interviews and classroom observations. The winner will be selected in April and the $15,000 award presented in May.


Application deadline is Feb. 1.

Erica Collins
Northside Middle School

Kristy Thompson
Wapahani High School

Chris Holdren
Selma Elementary School

Steve Spradlin
Northside Middle School

Renee Huffman
Burris Laboratory School

Julian Ravenscroft
Daleville Jr./Sr. High School

Holly Stachler
Pleasant View Elementary