Published: Mar 19, 2012 6:08 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - Elementary, middle, and high school teacher nominations are being sought for the annual Character Education Champion Teacher Award to be presented by the Uncommon Friends Foundation. Teachers in public, private, and charter schools in Lee, Charlotte, and Collier counties are eligible to be nominated—either by themselves or co-workers. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 20.

Awards will be presented to the 2012 Champion Teachers during the Uncommon Evening dinner on Thursday, June 7, at Harborside Event Center, Fort Myers. The award recognizes outstanding educators who incorporate Lessons Learned from the Uncommon Friends to teach character education. These educators inspire their students to adopt the characteristics of the five Uncommon Friends, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh—intellectual giants who helped shape the 20th Century, and incorporate them into their lives.

Nominated individuals must have participated in an Uncommon Friends curriculum training workshop, have used lessons from the Uncommon Friends Character Education curriculum, exhibit characteristics of the Uncommon Friends in their personal and professional life, and have the endorsement of a school administrator.

Criteria and the nomination form are available on the foundation’s web site,