2011-2012 MPA Invitation Email

Dear First Year Teacher,

I'm writing to invite you to apply for the 2011-2012 Marilyn Prince Award, which has a $500 prize.

My mother, Marilyn Prince, taught in Placer County for over 20 years, mostly in the primary grades at the Colfax Elementary School. She loved children and she loved teaching. She died at 81 after a full and rewarding life.

In 2009, our extended family, including my brothers and many cousins, established an annual award of $500 in her name for a first-year teacher in Placer County. Our winners over the past three years have been dedicated and exemplary first-year teachers, and it was a pleasure to meet them and reward them, in a small way, for their service. I hope you will send in your submission for the award.

We invite you to send a brief application, no more than two pages, as an attached Word or PDF document, or no more than 600 words in an email. Please answer the three questions below. My niece, Emily Prince, and I will read the letters and choose the winner.

  1. What was the most memorable classroom moment in your first year of teaching?
  2. What's a specific example of how you believe your teaching helped a student, or students?
  3. What are you most looking forward to in your second year of teaching?
Please send your reply by email to me sdprince@alumni.stanford.edu - no later than midnight on Friday, May 25, 2012. We will choose the winner and notify applicants by June 8, 2012.

Whether or not you apply for the award, my family offers its thanks for your decision to teach, and for your efforts during your first year. Its a vital profession; the future rests in your hands.


Susan Prince

Updated 4/5/12