In observance of Teacher Appreciation Month, the Waxahachie Daily Light is seeking nominations for the first annual Teacher Headliner of the Year awards for WISD educators.

The paper is asking students and parents to submit an essay nominating the WISD educator they believe is deserving of recognition and honor.

The Daily Light will award the Teacher Headliner of the Year with a $250 grant to be used for classroom supplies or a classroom project for the 2011-2012 school year.

The nominating essay, along with the announcement of this year’s Teacher Headliner of the Year, will be published in a special section in the May 29 edition of the Daily Light.

Essays should be a minimum of 250 words and highlight how the WISD educator is making a difference in the lives of our children. Essays must include the name of the teacher, his or her school, as well as the name and phone number of the individual making the nomination.

“Our teachers make such a phenomenal difference for what they do and yet they seldom receive the recognition they deserve,” said Ray Pike, publisher and vice president of Waxahachie Newspapers Inc. “This is our way of saying thanks to all of our educators and, at the same time, allow our community the opportunity to recognize some our truly outstanding citizens for the work they do.”

All essays must be received at the Daily Light office no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.

Essays may be emailed to Daily Light Editor Neal White at, hand delivered to the Daily Light office or mailed:

Waxahachie Daily Light

Attention: Neal White

200 W. Marvin Ave.

Waxahachie, TX 75165

Again, all nominations must be received in the Daily Light office by 5 p.m. May 18.

“We would love to see a lot of community participation and our goal is for the Daily Light Teacher Headliner of the Year project to become an annual program,” Pike said.