who's who americas teachers

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  1. love2teach

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    I recieved a nomination letter in the mail today....I have never heard of this before.....is it for real or a joke? How did I get my name, do parents, admin, other teachers nominate you??
    very interesting!
     
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  3. Elizabeth

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    Apr 11, 2005

    It's for real. You're referring to Who’s Who Among American Teachers® in which teachers are indeed nominated by students who have been listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students®, The National Dean's List® and Who’s Who Among American High School Students - Sports Edition® because they are given the opportunity to nominate a teacher who has been most influential during their academic career. So, apparently, one of your students was a Who Whoer and nominated you. You should be honored. Evidentally, he or she thinks this highly of you and wants you to be recognized for influencing their life in a positive way.
     
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    Yes, that was the name i was referring to! I was not sure of the exact name!
    wow! I dont know how i got nominated...i have not been teaching long enough to have any former students who are old enough to have been in any of the above publications...is it possibe that a parent can nominate?
    I want to thank the person who nominated me...what an honnor!
     
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    lol i just checked the site...peers, parents and board members can nomiate you...ummmm now finding out who it was......
     
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    Apr 11, 2005

    Ah, okay, so perhaps it was a parent or a co-worker then who nominated you. That would explain that. Good luck figuring it out! Whoever did it really thinks you're an influential teacher who deserves some kind of recognition otherwise they wouldn't have nominated you like that.
     
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    I got one of those in the mail today, too! First time I think I've gotten one, too, now I think about it.

    I got one in HS and thought it was really cool until I found out someone else got a letter too and I thought... HOW IN THE WORLD DID THEY GET ONE?! LOL

    Sooooooooooooooooooooooo what will this do for us professionally if we go along with this and fill it out?

    Lori
     
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    Apr 11, 2005

    What's in it for you? Well, you'll get listed in the Who’s Who Among American Teachers® book. The volume is published annually and the next volume, the 9th Edition, is due out in September of 2005. In addition, they profile you on the website. They actually consider the 134,000 teachers featured in the current edition of Who's Who Among America 's Teachers are among our nation's best and most respected teachers. Other than that, I'm not sure what other prestige comes of it.
     
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    I received a letter today too. I also got one when I was in school, and I never replied. I really feel there's more in it for the company than for me. They get a good amount of money from anyone who wishes to buy the book (and let's face it...aren't we going to want to see our name in print?) When I got the "Student letter", one of my teachers told me that many times they get names from general "lists" that you end up on (talk about bursting my bubble!) Anway...I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to return the letter or not. Seems like an awful lot of personal information to be sharing!
     
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    Yes, the book does money! .. But, it's a HUGE book with 134,000 teachers in it and printing costs. I can only imagine how that'd hurt them to send 134,000 FREE books out. Basically, the money from the books goes right back into it and keeps them afloat to be able to recognize outstanding educators.
     
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    Thanks for your feedback. I'll probably end up doing it because it does seem like it would be an honor. It would feel more legitimate it they told you WHO nominated you, though.
     
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    I'm not sure why they don't relase that information to the nominee. In either case, it still doesn't take away the feeling that someone considers you that worthy of such an honor.
     
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    I was in it in high school, twice, I believe?

    My freshman year, we moved before the book made it ot my house, and it didn't get forwarded, so I never got a copy. :( But I have the one from my senior year! :)
     
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    I got one in Jr. High, my science teacher said he sent my name in. I got another in high school for math. (I can't imagine Mrs. Peters sending anyone's name in! :eek: ) I got one last year, but I didn't send it in. I planned to, I figured it wouldn't hurt anything, but I missed the deadline. I say go for it!
     
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    When I was nominated, it came with the name of the student(s) who nominated me. I was pleased. I received one recently that looked different, and there was no student name on it. I'm not sure what's up with that.
     
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    I am so glad others got these too. I just got one yesterday, as well. I thought it was odd since I quit teaching last year to stay home with my son. I'm not even teaching right now. I will be teaching Kindergarten again in the fall. I was also in it two times in high school. So, are you all mailing yours back in?
     
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    Those things remind me of the 'honor societies' from college (or, to think of it, the "Who's Who of College Students") that ask only for a 'small' membership fee to be returned with the acceptance form.

    Didn't 'The Simpsons' cover this (both Bart and Lisa got in the Who's Who of Elementary Students, I think...)

    I believe the only honors that matter are those that come from one's day-to-day life, not some flimsy acknowledgement from a company trying to sell books. :)
     
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    I am going to send mine in....I figure it will look great on my resume, and I do have an interview later this week......
    and the honor is free, if you fill out the form, they will publish you even if you dont buy the book! But how can I resist seeing my name published!!
    congrats to all the others who were nominated!
     
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    I agree with Jaime, one shouldn't have to pay to be acknowledged.

    I got those nearly every year in HS. Not to burst bubbles, but I really thought it was more about making money for the company. I don't know how I got "nominated", I always figured I'd gotten on a mailing list because I was in honors society. Your name gets published, but I've never heard about anyone actually using the books for hiring purposes or anything. I think the only people who actually own the books are the people in them--meaning unless you show people, no one will know.
     
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    I also got them every year in Jr. High and High School, but I was not in the Honor's Society. I don't know how I was nominated. It could have been a generic list. I didn't spend any money though. The school bought one copy of each book every year.
     
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    the letter states that you DO NOT have to pay for the book to be honored.....and the book is distributed to all sate superintendents as well as public libraries around the nation. It also states that college presidents and principals will be notified of the teachers in thier schools who recieve this honor.
    Newspapers accross the country are also notifed of local teachers being honored
    I see part of it as a money making business, but.....I guess that is just the way things go!
     
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