Since 1991, Pasadena Rotary has been honoring our local teachers. The goal of the program is to foster and encourage excellence in teaching and dedication to education in the Pasadena Unified School District. In addition, Rotary wishes to demonstrate in a concrete way that the community cares about the quality of public schools by conducting a competition to select those exceptional teachers that deserve special recognition.
With funding, primarily from the Pasadena Rotary Foundation, as well as the club's budget, and contributions from individual members, awards of $1,500.00 are given each year to five teachers from the Pasadena Unified School District. The sum of $500.00 is presented to each recipient's school. As a special part of the event, videos of classroom activity will be shown for each teacher. Finally, we ensure that both Middle School and High School Teachers are among the five recipients.