As Salaam Alaikum,
Teachers play a vital role in our communities. It is our sincere hope that the Islamic Teacher Appreciation Awards help create a culture of appreciation for teachers in our community. I wanted to send a final email with: (a) special gifts, (b) a short note, and (c) the grand prize winners!
Gifts from Sponsors
Our sponsors have provided some amazing gifts for everyone who has participated.
- Crescent Foods: Receive $1 off any purchase of any Crescent Foods product purchase. Crescent Foods is a leader in premium, all-natural halal products!
- Noor Kids: Use a $7 gift credit (before it expires) towards any purchase of our Harvard-supported Islamic children’s books for 4-to-8 year olds. Use promo-code “TEACH7” at checkout. Gift credit can also be applied to student gifts.
- Taqwa Media: Receive 20% off of your next purchase of Islamic books, games, or activities. Use promo-code “SAVE20” at checkout.
- Plaques by Azra: Receive $20 off your first order of personalized Islamic trophies, plaques, medals, and/or awards when you mention “TEACHER” during checkout. Note, orders must be over $100 to receive this offer.
- Noor Vitamins: Receive $10 off when you purchase 2 bottles of NoorVitamins Gummies Complete, a halal children’s multivitamin.
My Greatest Concern
When we launched this effort, we did not know what to expect. Alhumdulillah, after receiving the amount of nominations that we did, I became concerned about something else: how could we select just 15 finalists? My greatest worry is that well-qualified, dedicated teachers that are deserving of more significant recognition, may feel disappointed because they were not selected as finalists. From the bottom of my heart, I pray that this is not the case.
I remind myself that the best gift will not be awarded by us, but by Allah (SWT). And further, this is the first year that we’ve carried out this project. I pray that in the years to come, we gain even more resources such that we can shine a spotlight on more work. Finally, I pray that full-time and weekend Islamic schools (and parents) take this opportunity to recognize amazing teachers in their communities. A complete (and updated) list of all the teachers who were nominated is available for download here. If we have made any mistakes, please forgive us.
Grand Prize Award Winners
We are excited to announce the following grand prize award winners. Each of these winners received the most Facebook likes when we had completed voting at 11:59pm PST on Friday, May 12th.
Each grand prize winner will receive the following:
- $350 cash prize
- Noor Kids childrens, youth, and parents events ($750 value)
- $150 Taqwa Media credit for Islamic educational material (upon scheduling a Taqwa Media Book Fair)
- Healthy Eating Seminar for the school by Crescent Foods ($500 value)
- Access to a lucrative fundraising opportunity by Noor Vitamins
And the winners, are:
- Sr. Abir Catovic from Noor-ul-Iman School, NJ (read about her)
- Sr. Gihad Silmi from Al-Arqam Islamic School, CA (read about her)
- Sr. Naima Jermouni from Intellicor International Academy, NC (read about her)
Congratulations to our winners, finalists, and to all that were nominated. We pray that Allah (SWT) showers you with blessings! Thanks again for your participation in the 2017 Islamic Teacher Appreciation Awards.
Insha’Allah, we look forward to next year.