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Teacher of the Year AwarddiversiCOM seeking nominations

diversiCOM seeking nominations

for Teacher of the Year Award

Nominations are being accep-ted for the diversiCOM Teacher of the Year. This program recognizes excellence in education by offering an award and monetary prize to the selected teacher along with $1,000 to his or her school.

Nominations for the diversiCOM Teacher of the Year award will be scored by the Selection Committee based on criteria such as individual teaching style, creativity in encouraging student achievement, consistent support of students' growth, and community involvement.

All nominations will be reviewed and scored by the award's Selection Committee. The committee is made up of representatives throughout the diversiCOM service area and includes a diversiCOM employee, a school superintendent, a school principal, a teacher, and a community member.

Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers at schools within the diversiCOM service area are eligible for Teacher of the Year. Nominees must hold a bachelor's degree and a Minnesota teaching license and have taught for a minimum of three full years.

Eligible schools include:

Eden Valley-Watkins Public Elementary and High School

Grey Eagle Public Elementary

Kimball Public Elementary and High School

Melrose Public Elementary and High School

Richmond Public Elementary

Sauk Centre Public Elementary and High School

Holy Cross Elementary School - Pearl Lake

Holy Family Elementary School - Sauk Centre

St. Andrew's Elementary School - Greenwald

St. John's Elementary School - Meire Grove

St. Mary's Elementary School- Melrose

St. Peter & Paul's Elementary School - Richmond

Applications to nominate a teacher for this award can be obtained online at, and, or at an eligible school. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, to diversiCOM, ATTN: Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, 224 East Main Street, Melrose, MN 56352. The 2010 diversiCOM Teacher of the Year will be announced in February 2010.

diversiCOM is a full-service telecommunications company providing high-speed Internet access, cable television, local and long distance telephone service. With more than 75 years of providing communications service to Melrose and the surrounding area, diversiCOM continues to expand and develop state-of-the-art infrastructure including the current fiber to the home (FTTH) build-out in the Melrose community. Information on the services offered under the diversiCOM umbrella of companies can be found by visiting