What does it mean to be a LUME TEACHER?

A LUME teacher is a lifelong learner who partners with children, families, and the community.

A LUME teacher will learn about himself or herself and how to emotionally support the children in his or her care..

A LUME teacher embodies our mission to transform the way families, educators, and communities
inspire young children to learn, grow, and thrive. 

Teacher of the Year Award 

The purpose of the Teacher of the Year Award is to recognize teachers who  focus on the emotional development of children while committing to the practice of being a lifelong learner. The projects that are chosen will elevate the field of early childhood education with innovative and thoughtful approaches. 

  • Awards will be given to projects that elevate the LUME Approach
  • The award will include compensation for a stipend, paid time off, materials, and support
    (coaching, advisory, tech).
  • Project examples include: advancing early childhood mental health, groundbreaking curriculum, innovations in science/literacy/math, partnering with families, developing leadership, or creating an emotionally responsive environment.

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Early childhood educators currently teaching in St. Louis City and surrounding counties (St. Louis, Warren, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Francois, Franklin, and Ste. Genevieve). * for the pilot program in 2017 we will  only be accepting applications from teachers at University City Children's Center. 
  • Candidates must have at least two years of experience in the field of early childhood. 
  • Candidates must be committed to continuing to teach in Missouri for at least one year after completing the sabbatical.

Teacher of the Year Application 

Part One - Attachments 

Email the attachments listed below to web@lumeinstitute.org
1. Letter of support from a current family/child. 
2. Letter of support from a current colleague. 

PART TWO - Application

Fill out the application below. If you have questions
email web@lumeinstitute.org.  
The deadline to submit is June 30 by  5 p.m.  All applications will be reviewed by an independent panel.  

Name *
Phone *
Examples: BA, MA, or the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. Please include if you have plans or are currently acquiring credentials.
a. Project DESCRIPTION b. PURPOSE: how will your project support the emotional development of young children? c. NEED: what is the need you are addressing? d. TIMELINE e. Anticipated OUTCOME(s)
Checkbox *
I understand that I may be asked to present my project to faculty, staff, and board members.