There are certain times of year I always look forward to, such as the start of summer, my birthday, and of course selecting the READ 180 and System 44 Outstanding Educators! I was again inspired by the nominations we received this year; we have had such a difficult time picking just four winners, as every nomination that crosses our desks is truly deserving! The Scholastic Outstanding Educator Awards recognize the exceptional commitment of READ180 and System44 educators who have helped students overcome their reading challenges. These four teachers have helped struggling students turn their lives around by learning to read in READ 180 or System 44 classrooms, going above and beyond to ensure their students become lifelong readers and succeed across all subject areas. So, without further ado (drum roll please), here are the 2013 Outstanding Educators: The 2013 READ 180 Outstanding Educators are: High School: Tina Burnsworth Salem High School, Virginia Beach, VA Middle School: Jeanette Simmons Argyle Magnet Middle School, Silver Springs, MD Elementary School: Dan Kane Franklin Avenue School, Westfield, MA The 2013 System 44 Outstanding Educator is: Gloria Garcia Smith Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Congratulations to all of our winners! For more information on the 2013 winners click here!