NJEA seeks Distinguished Service Award nominations 

Do you know an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to public education in New Jersey? Nominations are now being sought for the 2024 NJEA Ruthann Sheer Award for Distinguished Service to Education. The award was first presented in 1934. 

The award was renamed in memory of Ruthann Sheer, an educator from Hackensack, who was its 1994 recipient. 

The award is designed to call public attention to those who greatly serve New Jersey public schools and children. Such service to education may take any form that in the opinion of the Distinguished Service Award Committee most merits the recognition this award involves. 

Any New Jersey resident or organization, including educators, may be nominated. Excluded are NJEA officers during their terms in office. The NJEA Executive Committee selects award recipients based on recommendations from the Distinguished Service Award Committee. 

Nominations are accepted at njea.org/serviceaward. 

You may also submit nominations by mail to: Ruthann Sheer Distinguished Service Award; NJEA; PO Box 1211; Trenton, NJ 08607-1211. Please include the nominee’s name, address, phone number and email address along with a narrative explaining why the nominee should win the award. The deadline is June 14.