College Outstanding Student Teacher Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences selects one college level winner for the prestigious recognition of student teacher of the year each academic year. Each summer, a selection committee reviews applications based on the previous school year's performance. This award was started in 2016-17.

The college level winner continues on to compete for the university level award and that winner will then represent Appalachian State University in the state level award selection process that will take place in the fall each year. The state level award process is hosted by the North Carolina Association for Colleges and Teacher Educators (NCACTE). The Reich College of Education will make an announcement about the university level award before the fall semester begins.

To make a nomination or to apply, review the following criteria.


The student teacher candidate has to be enrolled at Appalachian State University and in a department of the College of Arts and Sciences, actively performing as a student teacher in a classroom during the nominating calendar year and have at minimum a 3.0 GPA. 

Areas of Student Teaching in the College

Teacher Licensure in the college can be performed in any of the following qualifying subjects:

  • Biology (9-12)
  • Mathematics (9-12)
  • Chemistry (9-12)
  • Physics (9-12)
  • Earth/Environmental Sciences (9-12)
  • English (9-12)
  • History/Social Studies (9-12)
  • French (K-12)
  • Spanish (K-12)

Submitting a Nomination

Program directors will choose one student teaching candidate nominee from their professional preparation, initial licensure program. 

Follow these guidelines for the submission process:

  • Submit one nominee at a time.
  • The signature of a department chair or approved program director is required.
  • Complete a coversheet for the nominee.
  • The nominee’s personal contact information must be included (email and phone number).
  • The nominee must follow all guidelines for the narrative.
  • The designee must create one .pdf file to include the coversheet, narrative and 3 letters of recommendation and submit on behalf of the nominee.

Please do not submit any of the following:

  • Resumes
  • Transcripts
  • Images
  • More than 3 letters of recommendation


The selection committee is made up of College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff members. The committee will meet electronically to discuss process and verify that the first five (or six) criteria are met and establish the slate of candidates for review. The reviewers will use a rubric to rank each candidate. In the second round of reviews, conducted electronically, the whole committee will discuss the top ranked candidates and determine a winner.

Tracie McLemore Salinas, the College of Arts and Sciences Director of Teacher Education and Engagement and selection committee member will notify the student and teacher candidates by the last week of classes in the spring semester.

Public Relations

The College of Arts and Sciences Public Relations and Communications Director, Ellen G. Burnette, will contact the winner for a few questions as well as a nominating faculty member for comments regarding the student winner. A brief announcement will be created and shared on the college level (website and social media) and with University Communications.

Previous College level Winners

A. Moore

2017-18: Adam Moore graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History, social studies education from the department of History in May of 2018. He accepted a teaching position in the social studies department at his alma mater, East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, N.C. To read more about Moore, visit Appalachian Today.





MacDonald2016-17: Judson MacDonald graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education from the department of languages, literatures and cultures in May 2017. He then went on to pursue a masters in Romance Languages as an accelerated admissions student at Appalachian. To read more about MacDonald, visit Appalachian Today.





Previous University Winners from the College

Past Appalachian State University Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year Award Winners:

 K.Little_STotY2018-19 Kenley Little, B.S., History Education '18
Announcement at Appalachian Today





J. MacDonald2016-17: Judson MacDonald, B.S., Spanish education '17
Announcement at Appalachian Today.