WESTFIELD, NJ —  Friday, April 22, is the deadline to nominate a Westfield elementary school teacher for the 24th Annual Charles Philhower Fellowship Award, Marc Millet, president of the Westfield Rotary Club, has announced. The award will go to a full-time teacher in the Westfield Public School district.

Nominations should specify ways in which the teacher has demonstrated outstanding teaching, interest in children and continued pursuit of professional growth. The teacher must be a full-time faculty member in grades K – 5 in the Westfield Public Schools for at least five years. 

“The Westfield Rotary Club’s Philhower Fellowship continues an outstanding tradition of excellent cooperation with our schools for the benefit of our children,” Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said.

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Letters of nomination from interested citizens, parents, students and Westfield public school staff members should be addressed to:  Charles Philhower Fellowship Committee of the Westfield Rotary Club, c/o Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 302 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090, or e-mailed to rotaryphilhower@westfieldnjk12.org.

The winner will be honored at a Rotary luncheon and at a Westfield Board of Education meeting, both scheduled for May 10, and will receive a Rotary grant to further professional growth or to enhance classroom activities for students.

The Philhower Fellowship Award was instituted in 1993 by the Westfield Rotary Club to recognize the importance of teaching in the elementary grades and to honor Westfield Rotarian and School Superintendent Charles Philhower. Philhower, who died in 1962, was supervising principal (superintendent) of Westfield Public Schools for 30 years – from 1917 to 1947 – and was president of the Westfield Rotary Club in 1929-30.  As Rotary president, he instituted the club’s annual scholarship awards to graduating Westfield students.                                               

Members of the selection committee will include three Rotarians, two elementary school principals, Superintendent of Schools Margaret Dolan, and immediate past Philhower fellow Kareem Thompson, a fifth grade teacher at Jefferson School. 

Past Philhower awardees have included Coral Venturino, Jacqueline Riley, Frank Uveges, Diane Eisen, Diana Collins, Karen Geddis, Catherine McGarry, Michael Burgess, Karen Yula, Mary Dura, Stacie DeChristopher, Michele Moise, Carole Kling, Anna Jane Sabbagh, Trista Pollard, Eva Morton, Angela LaCarrubba, Claudia Andreski, Bette Tuthill, Carol Joyce, Carol A. Mastroianni and Susan Feldman Glick.