vivienne-kirkland_web.jpgNORTH LAUDERDALE — North Broward Academy of Excellence fourth grade language arts and reading teacher Vivienne Kirkland has been selected as a 2013 New American Hero Award recipient.

The Clarion Council and the Florida Charter School Alliance have announced the winners of the New American Hero initiative, a  recognition program designed to highlight high-performing schools and reward teachers who have made a significant investment in their students’ lives.
The winners are teachers from participating schools in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Illinois and Indiana who have been nominated by fellow teachers, administrators and parents within their schools. 

Specific examples of unique teaching styles and student-centered accomplishments of each nominee were considered and evaluated by a team of administrators. Each of the 44 winners won $1,000 and will be eligible to win the annual New American Hero of the Year $5,000 grand prize.

Kirkland has a master’s degree in Elementary Education and 20 years of teaching experience. “Vivienne Kirkland is an enthusiastic, talented educator and a positive role model and mentor for her students,” said Jackson Self, principal of North Broward Academy of Excellence. “We are proud to recognize her professionalism and congratulate her on winning this award.”

The New American Hero program, in its second year of implementation, is currently in 44 charter schools in five states and supported in its entirety by gifts from individuals, businesses and foundations.