The NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes, rewards, and promotes both excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession. All current members of MFPE are eligible, including teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff.
National Board Certification allows teachers to demonstrate the highest level of accomplishment in their profession. It is a nationally accepted sign of quality and offers a nationwide standard for evaluating and encouraging quality teaching.
Becoming National Board Certified involves an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, video, and analyses of the teacher's classroom teaching and student learning.
The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation helps candidates navigate the National Board Certification process. Contact Kim Popham to learn more: [email protected]
Find additional NBCT information HERE.
Every year, Montana educators raid their own bank accounts to buy classroom supplies and enrichment projects for their students.
The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation created the Karen Cox Memorial Grants to help.
Named for the late Karen Cox, one of Montana’s great teachers, these grants are not intended to replace school funds but rather to support teachers who dig into their own pockets to help their students succeed.
The grants are small ($500 maximum) but mighty. In many cases, they purchase materials schools can use for years.
Grant applications are open to MFPE members. Applications may be downloaded BELOW. The form is fillable, or you can print it to fill it out. Mail hard copy of the form to Donna Graveley, MPTF, 1232 E 6th Ave., Helena, MT 59601.
Grant applications must be received by December 2 each year.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science and engineering).
Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation is proud to administer the award program in Montana. The program alternates each year between teachers of grades K-6 and teachers of grades 7-12.
Deadline in March 1st of every year.
For more information, contact Kim Popham, [email protected]
Jessica Anderson, Anaconda
Margaret Aukshun, Billings
Daniel Bartsch, Billings
Tanya Brist, Kila
Margaret Bowles, East Helena
Judy Boyle, Divide
Deanna Collins, Bozeman
Julie Dahinden, Belgrade
Julie Duford, Polson
Heather Dunn, Eureka
Kaye Ebelt, Missoula
Janet Erickson, Helena
Catherine Frazer, Absarokee
Glenn Govertsen, Missoula
Kelly Hayden, Bozeman
Justine Hurley, White Sulphur Springs
Tammy Johnson, Stevensville
William Joern, Whitefish
Lawrence Kaber, Kalispell
Anne Keith, Bozeman
Jon Konen, Great Falls
Craig Kuchel, Florence
Dacia Lackey, Bozeman
Denece Lord, Billings
Fred Longhart, Kalispell
Elizabeth Matthews, Bozeman
Janet Mader, Great Falls
Joanne Mahoney, Kalispell
Nancy Marra, Missoula
Connie Michael, Billings
Nina Miller, Billings
Pam Murnion, Helena
Courtney Niemeyer, Billings
Robyn Nuttall, Missoula
Carol Pleninger, Havre
Wendy Pierce, Bozeman
Thomas Redmon, Stevensville
Melissa Romano, Helena
Darlene Ruble, Eureka
Lisa Scott, Billings
Beth Thomas, Great Falls
Glenda Tinsley, Great Falls
Lizebeth Townsend, Helena
Carla Wambach, Helena
Colleen Windell, Lolo
Mary Wren, Great Falls
LeAnne Yenny, Bozeman
In memory of the late Jim McGarvey, a great union leader and a forefather of the Montana Federation of Public Employees, the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation created a scholarship program in his name.
The program helps fund union member participation in professional development opportunities that improve quality public education and public service and union involvement and leadership.
Applications are solicited as opportunities arise.
1) MPTF programs shall include, but are not limited to:
1. NEA Award for Teaching Excellence
2. Scholarships and Support for National Board Certification
3. Karen Cox Memorial Grants
4. Administration of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
5. Jim McGarvey Scholarships
2) MPTF shall partner with the Montana State Teachers of the Year (MT STOY) to provide Montana Teachers of the Year and Finalists continuing professional opportunities and participation in MFPE sponsored professional development such as the annual Educator Conference.