Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award Nominations

In 1997, Amherst College inaugurated the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Awards to honor some of this country's outstanding high school teachers. The president's December letter is a warm invitation to each member of the Class of 2014 to nominate a teacher who made an impact on the student's life.

If you remember a secondary school teacher who stands out as deserving of this award, please submit his or her name, using the nomination form. As a separate element of this program, we also hope to honor outstanding teachers who are Amherst graduates.

Each recipient is brought to Amherst as our guest and at Commencement ceremonies is presented with a cash prize, along with a certificate paying tribute to his or her particular teaching strength. Read about last year's awards.

To nominate a teacher please complete and submit the form below no later than Saturday, February 1.

A committee consisting of two faculty members, two administrators, and two students from the senior class will make the selections. If you have any questions please call Pat Allen at 413/542-8094.

Thank you, members of the Class of 2014 for taking the time during a busy semester to help us identify and pay tribute to some of your best teachers.


I wish to nominate the following teacher or counselor for the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award:

School type (check all that apply): *
Is the nominee an alum of Amherst College? *
Is this person still teaching? *
In one page or so, explain why the teacher or counselor you are nominating was important in your life – and, if relevant, in the lives of other students.  Try to give the Teaching Awards Committee a full sense of your teacher. Brief anecdotes—especially about classroom experiences or teaching style—may be helpful. It would also be helpful to have a sense of the broad impact that the teacher has had on your life, and in other areas (scholarship, leadership, service to the community, etc.). The Teaching Awards Committee may request additional information about top nominees.