Ten teachers from five states have been named as Van Andel Institute for Education’s 2021 Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence! These outstanding educators were selected for their hard work and dedication to their students, and for creating classrooms where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive.

The announcement coincided with Teacher Appreciation Week, held May 3–7, 2021.

This year, the honor took on added significance, because teachers have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to ensure learning didn’t miss a beat.

“My hat is off to these teachers,” said VAI Chief Education Officer Terra Tarango. “I want to thank them for all of the wonderful things they’ve done to create not just lesson plans, but learning experiences, where children can really thrive.”

Meet the 2021 Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence recipients here. To nominate a teacher, click here.