How It Works


How It Works

What is the Sterling Shining Star Award?

The Sterling Shining Star Award is an annual program that recognizes and rewards school district employees. Nominees must be full-time educators, teachers, administrators or any member of a school’s staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students. The Sterling Shining Star Award will be awarded without regard to race, gender, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. 

Anyone over the age of 18 can nominate up to three educators per academic year for Sterling Shining Star. Administrators are encouraged to nominate as well.

The winner and his or her school is awarded a cash prize of $10,000 to be shared equally between the Shining Star and school.


What Does It Mean to Be a nominee?

Sterling Shining Star wants to make sure every educator who is nominated knows how much they are appreciated. We honor every nominee with the following:

  • Each nominee will have a unique profile on our website so that each story can be shared. Colleagues, students, friends and family – anyone who supports the nominee – can visit the profile and leave a positive comment
  • We share nominee’s profiles and stories on Facebook and Twitter
  • We send congratulatory posters to school administrators to celebrate the nominees in their district
  • Each nominee receives a personalized certificate
  • Each nominee will be recognized at a school district event
  • We notify the local press about these extraordinary educators

Each nominee has the opportunity to be among our Sterling Shining Star Nominees and is eligible for the Sterling Shining Star Award – which also means a chance for him or her and the respective school to receive cash prizes.

When nominations close the selection committee will review the nominees and select the Sterling Shining Star Award winners.


What Does a Sterling Shining Star Look Like?

The Sterling Shining Star Award Selection Committee reviews all nominations and selects winners for each school year.

Each award winner will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
  • An ability to positively add to the development of the school’s atmosphere
  • A leader in his or her activities at the school and/or district level
  • A proven record of excellent performance at the professional level
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
  • Adherence to high moral and ethical standards