Service Above Self Teacher Awards 

The purpose of these awards is to call attention to the importance of service in our community.
The awards provides an opportunity to publicly applaud our teachers and to reward those who have demonstrated excellence in their profession by "going the extra mile.”

Nominees for the award are solicited from all Dallas ISD schools. Winning recipients each receive a customized engraved plaque, and a cash award from The Rotary Club of Dallas. 
The teacher awards are funded by an anonymous endowment established with the Dallas Rotary Club Foundation.
The proceeds from the investment of the endowment are used to fund the annual awards.
"Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops."
      -Henry Brooks Adams
  • Applications Due: Friday, May 10, 2024
  • Awards Luncheon: Wednesday, July 31, 2024


  • Performance Over and Above Job Description: Performance of duties in an exemplary and extraordinary manner including activities such as curriculum development, tutoring without compensation, and other support activities.
  • Activities that Benefit the Community: Evidence that the nominee participates in activities or organizations that benefit the community in such a way that it positively affects students.  These activities could include volunteer work in public libraries, homeless shelters and community food banks, as well as services such as reading for the blind and work with adult literacy programs.
  • Activities that Benefit the Disadvantaged or At-Risk Student: Relationships with staff, students and the public that create a positive impact on the learning environment for the disadvantaged or at-risk student.  This might involve counseling potential dropouts and gang members, sponsoring drug abuse programs, unwed mothers, and providing services for handicapped and special learning needs students.
  • Actions Exhibiting Selfless Conduct Toward Others: Evidence that the nominee acts upon a genuine concern for the welfare of others.
  • Examples of Innovation and Creativity in the Classroom: Development of innovative and creative exercises/activities/projects in the classroom and promote student success.
  • Statement of Professional Philosophy: What is the philosophy that drives the nominee's attitudes and actions.