The Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards

The 2023 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards


In 1994, Kay and Fred Lokoff launched the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Teacher Awards to honor their daughter Terri who was a devoted childcare teacher. The Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of outstanding early care and education teachers and bring attention to the critical role these teachers play in the lives of young children.

Up to 50 awards are presented each year, and each award recipient receives a cash prize, a paid trip to the historic city of Philadelphia to participate in the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards weekend-long celebration, ongoing opportunities to connect with peers, exchange ideas, as well as ongoing professional learning and program enrichment opportunities.

Applications for the 2023 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teachers Awards open on August 15th, 2022! Check back here or follow us on social media for more information!

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Our Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards 2022 Winners!

The Top Ten

Marci Hawkins - Alaska

Mariah Lange - Colorado

Elizabeth Tucker - Illinois

Julie Rech - Minnesota

Ashley Palumbo - Nebraska

Virginia Butler - Pennsylvania

Melinda Greer - Pennsylvania

Monica Canavacholo-Garza - Texas

Brianna Heller - Vermont

Alea Lacoste - Virginia

The 2022 Terri Lynne Lokoff Award Winners

Stacie Hole - Indiana

Samantha El-Ammori Musleh - Indiana

Myra McClure - Maine

Katie Wright - Maine

Jessica Keppley - Maryland

Jennifer Woessner - Maryland

Kimberly Corrente - Massachusettes

Tia Hinz - Minnesota

Janell Burden - Montana

Brie Friis-Hansen - Nebraska

Carol Tunney - New Jersey

Diane Burnett - Pennsylvania

Melissa Bussell - Pennsylvania

Terica Greene - Pennsylvania

Madison Henderson - Pennsylvania

Rebecca Hoak - Pennsylvania

Christina Holland - Pennsylvania

Lyssa Horvath - Pennsylvania

Catherine Matos - Pennsylvania

Lacey Pinto - Pennsylvania

Ariel Presley - Pennsylvania

Amanda Rosa - Pennsylvania

Angela Shaw-Halperin - Pennsylvania

Victoria Stough - Pennsylvania

Kaneez Fatima- Pennsylvania

Mandy Gutshall - Pennsylvania

Jennifer Ott - Pennsylvania

Jacquelyn Prime - Vermont

Alexandra Cromwell - Virginia

Rachel Helgerson - Virginia

Brooke Stickle - Virginia

Karla Robles -  Washington DC

Jill Stalker - Wisconsin

How to Apply

Applications for the 2022 Teacher Awards are now closed, but keep your eyes out for more information about 2023 in the coming months!

The Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of childcare teachers in providing quality early care and education. Childcare teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and on U.S. Military bases and installations around the world are invited to apply.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a full-time (minimum of 30 hours per week and a minimum of 10 consecutive months per year) teacher of children between the ages of birth through pre-kindergarten.
  • Be assigned to the same group of children for 10 consecutive months.
  • Be currently employed in a family, group, or center-based program that is fully compliant with local and state operating regulations.
  • Have been employed full-time in the field of early education for a minimum of 36 consecutive months.

The following conditions will render an applicant ineligible:

  • Teacher Award recipients who’ve won the award twice.
  • Floaters, substitutes, temporary and part-time teachers.
  • Teachers of kindergarten children in early childhood education programs or other settings.
  • Teachers of school-age children in early childhood education programs. (i.e., before/after school programs).
  • Administrative Teachers (staff who have administrative responsibilities that prevent them from being a full-time teacher.)
  • Co-teachers or teaching teams are not eligible to share this award (Only one recipient per award).
  • TLLCCF Child Care Teacher Award winners from 2018 to present.
  • Applications completed or modified by anyone other than the applicant (including but not limited to a grant writer, director, or any administrative staff) are not eligible.

Additional information:

  • Only one teacher may be named per application.
  • Multi-site agencies may submit applications for each site.
  • TLLCCF Child Care Teacher Award winners from 1994 to 2017 may reapply.

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