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ABTA Master Point Press Teacher of the year: 2015 Award


  • Bridge teacher for at least 5 years
  • A member of the ACBL OR ABA
  • A member of ABTA or prepared to join the ABTA if nominated
  • Must teach at least 75 hours a year (e.g. 2 hours a week for 38 weeks or 3 hours a week for 25 weeks) for compensation.

Criteria for Nomination

Teachers will be considered with a focus on the following:

  • Teaching excellence
  • Innovation
  • Service to bridge
  • Service to the community

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.


Teacher of the Year 2014-2015 Committee: Larry Cohen, Tina Radding, Mary Jane Orock, Joyce Penn, Linda Lee, Nancy Abbott, Chairman.