Museum Educator of the Year Award

Nominate someone today for the 2019 Museum Educator of the Year Award.  The deadline to nominate is February 14th.

Nominate someone today


Virginia Association of Museums and Virginia Department of Education


In March each year, during the VAM Conference Awards Luncheon (Nominations will open in January)


Museum educators are the primary contact between museums and the K-12 school audience, and they provide critical services within the museum community that support the state’s educational goals, teacher education, and student connections to our history and heritage. The co-sponsors of this award have created it in order to recognize outstanding achievement in museum education by an individual working on behalf of their organization to create exceptional experiences for school-aged visitors.

Eligible educators:

Any educator who works directly with school-aged audiences or teachers is eligible to receive this award, including front line staff, or any department director who is responsible for developing and implementing educational programs.

Award Criteria:

This award will be given to a museum educator who best demonstrates a long term commitment to high quality educational experiences in their organization. Nominees should:

  • Have more than 5 years of experience in museum education
  • Have significant experience creating education programs for school-aged visitors
  • Demonstrate a mastery of delivering innovative programming to school groups

  • Museum directors or an educator’s direct supervisor may nominate a candidate for this award.
  • Nominations will be accepted in January each year.

Decision Process:

The Virginia Association of Museums Leadership Development Committee will receive the nominations and complete a preliminary review, narrowing the nominees to no more than 3 finalists.

The Virginia Department of Education will then review the finalists and select their choice for the award; the selection will be made no later than March 1.