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All MNEA annual awards are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 15 each year.
MNEA Friend of Public Education

The MNEA Friend of Public Education Award is an annual recognition of both a person and an organization whose leadership and actions have contributed significantly to the improvement of public education in Nashville. Nominees should reflect philosophies and principles supportive of a strong, high quality system of public education. Nominations shall be evaluated on the basis of award criteria, leadership and actions that establish the nominee as a true friend of public education.  

Individuals and organizations will be judged separately. An award may be presented annually in both categories. The award may be conferred upon a person or an organization in the political, business, or civic community, or upon any other individual or organization of local stature. The MNEA Executive Committee will consider all of the nominations received and make its recommendation to MNEA Executive Board, which will have final approval.

All nominees recommended for the Award should meet the following criteria:

1. A nominee must be a person or an organization that has made outstanding contributions of impact on public education, students and/or teachers in Nashville;

2. An individual may not be a practicing educator;

3. An organization must be structured and recognized.

 Nomination letters should be sent to MNEA, Route 3 

The Ted Martin Human Relations Award

The MNEA Human Relations Award is named in honor of the late Theodore "Ted" R. Martin, the first and only African-American male to serve as President of MNEA. MNEA's annual human relations award shall honor the principles embodied in Ted Martin, who was recognized as an extraordinary collaborative leader in MNPS. The MNEA Human Relations Committee shall have the authority to identify the winner using whatever approach it deems advisable.

Nomination letters should be sent to MNEA, Route 3.

The Kathy Woodall Award for Association Service

The Kathy Woodall award honors a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association for outstanding service to MNEA who has shown outstanding service through committee work, political involvement and service on the local, state and/or national level(s). Kathy Woodall was the last member of MNEA to serve as president of the Tennessee Education Association. She was in the first year of her second term when she died of cancer. Kathy was a strong union leader who was universally respected by politicians, colleagues and community leaders. The MNEA Executive Committee shall have the authority to identify the winner using whatever approach it deems advisable. 

Nominations forms for the Woodall Award are available for download at this link.


Nomination forms should be sent to MNEA, Route 3.