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Rookie Teachers of the Year Awards
for first-year New Hanover County teachers
Every year, the club gives cash prizes to five teachers in the New Hanover County school system. Turnover is high among beginning educators, and this award program is meant to recognize the dedication of those who are finding their way during their first year in the classroom.
In addition to a plaque, the five honorees get a cash award: $500 for each of the finalists and $1,000 for the top winner. Honorees are selected by a committee of school administrators and Rotarians. The winners are normally announced at a lunch meeting. In 2021, the presentations were made remotely, at each of the teachers' schools. The school district made a short video at the 2021 winner's school, Carolina Beach Elementary.