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Award nominations

Sarah Swiger, Winchester Educator

Sarah Swiger was a community activist who served on Winchester’s School Committee for 16 years. She was instrumental in the founding of both WFEE and the Coalition for a Safer Community plus many other town committees. Sarah was known for returning every conversation about education to the differing needs of each child. 

In her memory WFEE annually presents the Swiger Award to the educator or educators who, having been nominated by his/her peers, most demonstrates the qualities that Sarah embodied. Winners of the Swiger award share Sarah’s unparalleled commitment to all students, a passion for outstanding teaching, devotion to community service (either to individual school communities or to the larger community), a drive for continuous improvement, and an open mind to new and innovative practices. 

Nominees should exemplify WPS core values:

  • High achievement for all

  • Inclusion

  • Service

  • Innovation 

To be eligible for nomination, an educator must have completed at least three consecutive years in the Winchester Public School system and currently work in the district. Eligible educators include specialists and teaching assistants.

Nominations may be submitted by colleagues and/or administrators. It is WFEE's intention to give multiple awards each year to outstanding educators. Nominations for the 2024 award will remain open through February 26, 2024.

To nominate an educator please answer the four questions below and upload up to three supporting letters from colleagues, principals or Department heads. Nominations must include at least one letter of support.  

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