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“To help those who teach bridge to do it better, more effectively, more knowledgeably, more professionally.”

Eligibility Checklist

Each nominee must:

  • Have been a bridge teacher for at least 5 years
  • Be a member of the ACBL OR ABA
  • Be a member of ABTA or prepared to join the ABTA if nominated
  • Teach at least 75 hours a year (e.g. 2 hours a week for 38 weeks or 3 hours a week for 25 weeks) etc.

Selection Process

Once all submissions have been received, the Teacher of the Year Committee works together to narrow down the nominations to a group of finalists, using the criteria below to make their decisionsWhen the committee has decided on the finalists, all of the finalists are contacted and invited to attend the ABTA Annual Conference.

All of the finalists are honored at a special Teacher of the Year ceremony at the ABTA Annual Conference, and the winner of the Teacher of the Year Award is announced.

The Selection Committee

2014 Teacher of the Year Chairman: Nancy Abbott

2014 Teacher of the Year Committee Members: Larry Cohen, Tina Radding, Joyce Penn, Mary Jane Orock, Linda Lee


Selection Criteria

Teachers will be considered with a focus on the following qualities:

  • Teaching excellence 50%
  • Innovation 25%
  • Service to bridge 20%
  • Service to the community 5%

A. Teaching excellence (50%)

  •  student response or recommendations
  •  percentage of students who join organized bridge games
  •  quality of material used in courses especially personally developed material
  •  recommendation of other teachers or bridge professionals
  •  rationale provided by nominator(s)
  •  original written material used in teaching students

B. Innovation (25%)

Demonstration of innovation associated with bridge teaching or bridge promotion including but not limited to:

  • Bridge teaching methods
  • Reaching out to youth
  • Teaching seniors
  • Teaching material
  • Course content and approach
  • Promotion of bridge
  • Promotion of teacher
  • Use of the Internet

C. Service To Bridge (20%)

This will be based on evidence such as:

  •  promotion of bridge and their own services through newsletters, websites, columns in print media, TV, or internet
  • role in organizing events for students but also for all players such as tournaments
  • establishing or participating in programs to teach bridge to young people
  • all attempts to build the bridge community, encourage participation in bridge games,
  • tournaments, online and in person, membership in the ACBL or ABA
  • mentoring including mentoring students or other teachers or directors
  • building local bridge clubs and bridge games
  • encouraging students to participate in tournaments and to travel to them if possible
  • any and all efforts which will help to promote the game of bridge and/or the services of the teacher.

D. Service To The Community (5%)

  • All volunteer activities but especially those related to bridge. This could include donating services in teaching or running games
  • Organizing and participating in charitable events with a focus on those associated with bridge but other charity activities will be considered.
  • All efforts associated with raising money for bridge (e.g. money for youth, international teams, promotion of bridge) etc.
  • Any other demonstrable activities which help the community in which that person resides whether bridge related or not and whether paid or not.