John P. Collins Awards For Excellence

JPC Awards logoNominations due November 26, 2014

Awards to be presented at the January 24, 2015 Awards Dinner

Help the Shrewsbury Education Foundation celebrate the people who are the heart of our school district’s success!

The great successes of Shrewsbury’s students – in personal development, academic achievement, athletics and the arts – are the result of hard work by innovative, dedicated individuals and teams at all levels.

The John P. Collins Awards For Excellence will honor the exemplary efforts of those whose work brings to life the mission of the Shrewsbury Public Schools: to provide students with the skills and knowledge for the 21st century, an appreciation of our democratic tradition and the desire to continue to learn throughout life. The awards are named for former Superintendent of the Shrewsbury Public Schools John P. Collins, PhD, who served in town for from 1978 to 1994 and continues to exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and a dedication to lifelong learning in our community.

Who can be nominated? Anyone who currently works in the Shrewsbury Public Schools can be nominated.

* Please note: This includes any staff member who you or your child either works with now or has worked with in the past.

Multiple awards will be given in these categories:

  1. Three for Professional Educator (classroom teachers, special education teachers, subject specialist teachers, nurses, counselors, psychologists, therapists, instructional coaches, etc.)
  2. Two for Paraprofessional (classroom aides, special education aides, child-specific aides, ABA technicians, media aides, tutors, etc.)
  3. One for Support Staff (secretaries, technology support, custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, Extended School Care providers)
  4. One for Leadership (principals, assistant principals, department directors, curriculum coordinators, district administrators or any staff member who has demonstrated excellent leadership)

Write about your nominee according to the directions and send the completed form attached as a Word document (via email only) to jpcollinsawards@gmail.com.

2014 JPC Award Nomination (Word DOC)

Please direct all inquiries to: jpcollinsawards@gmail.com.


Community Service Award Announced!

Shrewsbury Education Foundation announces annual awards and fundraising dinner honoring grant recipients and John P. Collins Awards for Excellence recipients as well as this years Community Service Award honoree: Dr. Joseph Sawyer

Joseph and Laurence Sawyer

Community Service Award honoree, Joseph Sawyer (L) with his wife, Laurence Sawyer (R).

Shrewsbury Education Foundation invites the Greater Shrewsbury Community to honor and celebrate this year’s Educational Grant recipients and John P. Collins Awards for Excellence recipients along with Dr. Joseph Sawyer for his outstanding service to the community and the Shrewsbury Public Schools at the Annual Awards and Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, MA.

SEF is an all-volunteer organization that raises money to fund grants which put resources and programs directly into the classroom. Shrewsbury Public School teachers write grant applications seeking funding for unique learning experiences and resources that will directly benefit students.

SEF will also celebrate the recipients of the John P. Collins Awards for Excellence. This award honors the exemplary efforts of those whose work brings to life the mission of the Shrewsbury Public Schools: to provide students with the skills and knowledge for the 21st century, an appreciation of our democratic tradition and the desire to continue to learn throughout life. The award is named for former Superintendent, John P. Collins, PhD, who served for 16 years in Shrewsbury (1978-1994) and continues to exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and a commitment to lifelong learning.

The Community Service Award is granted to a town leader who, goes above and beyond in delivering outstanding services to the community and to the Shrewsbury Public Schools. Dr. Joseph Sawyer has been an integral part of the community since 1997 when he became the assistant principal at Floral Street School. In his current role as superintendent of the Shrewsbury Public Schools, there is no bigger champion of public education than Dr. Sawyer. He is passionate about education and spends significant time beyond the normal work day and job requirements to ensure that the children of Shrewsbury receive an excellent education. During the recent Proposition 2 ½ override campaign, Dr. Sawyer played a pivotal role in providing the community with clear and concise information regarding education practices and costs. Dr. Sawyer’s clear understanding of the educational needs of the community coupled with his patience and guidance became critical instruments leading to the success of the override campaign.   SEF is grateful to Dr. Sawyer for his leadership and unwavering dedication to our community and the Shrewsbury Public Schools.


Looking for a Teacher/Staff Gift?

How about an “Apple for the Teacher”!

SEF has the perfect way to recognize and thank our teachers and support staff while contributing to future grants and programs that will benefit our children.

Your $25 purchase of an “In Your Honor” apple will be awarded to your specified teachers or support staff along with a written acknowledgement of the donor.

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!Please make your online apple purchase today! During the PayPal check-out process please be sure to click on the prompt to provide the name of the teacher you wish to honor.

If you are making a class gift, wish to make a larger donation to SEF, or perfer not to make your purchase/donation online you may use our paper form:

In Your Honor” form (PDF)

Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Shrewsbury Education Foundation’s tax identification number is 04-3168554.