Awarding Teachers with Heart

Citadel recognizes teachers who go above and beyond. That is why we teamed up with the Chester County Intermediate Unit 19 years ago to create the Citadel Heart of Learning Award.

Citadel Heart of Learning Award

Each year, Citadel receives thousands of nominations to honor local teachers with the nationally recognized Citadel Heart of Learning Award. For academic year 2020-21, it’s more important than ever to recognize teachers who are going above and beyond during these challenging times for schools.

Nominate your favorite teacher by December 31st, 2020!

There are two ways to nominate:

  1. Fill out our form! It’s simple and you can write your nomination directly in the form. 
  2. Submit a video nomination on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. To enter, tag @CitadelBanking with #CitadelHeartofLearning, and tell us why your teacher deserves to be nominated. Make sure follow @CitadelBanking and include your teacher’s name and the name of your school in your video. Try to keep it under 90 seconds but get creative as you like!

About the Program

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award that recognizes local teachers who show dedication both in and out of the classroom. The program has honored thousands of teachers for nearly years and granted over $200,000 in awards. 

2019-2020 District Nominees

Last year we received 2,700 nominations. Join us in congratulating the 2019-2020 Citadel Heart of Learning District Winners. Click the links below to view and download the list of nominees for each school district that was recognized.

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Citadel Heart of Learning Award Eligibility

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  • All nominees must be PA certified active teachers in a Chester County public school or a Chester County non-public school. Exceptions may include teachers in non-public schools who are not required to be certified, home school teachers, tutors, etc. Retired teachers are eligible as long as retirement date was at max, one year prior to award year.
  • School districts located within Chester County that are included in the Citadel Heart of Learning Award are as follows: Avon, Grove, Coatesville Area, Downingtown Area, Great Valley, Kennett Consolidated, Octorara Area, Owen J. Roberts, Oxford Area, Phoenixville Area, Tredyffrin/Easttown, Twin Valley, Unionville-Chadds Ford and West Chester Area.
  • For the purpose of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, a public school shall be defined as a school under the jurisdiction of one of the public school districts listed above and which is publicly funded; employs staff that are required to be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and meet the policies, rules, and regulations of the Pennsylvania School Code.
  • For the purpose of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, Charter schools and home schools are categorized as Chester County non-public schools.
  • For the purpose of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, cyber school teachers will be eligible for nomination if the student or parent submitting the nomination resides in Chester County.
  • All nominees must provide direct instruction to students in a classroom setting. This includes classroom teachers, subject teachers, certified teaching professionals who provide direct instruction to students, k-12, in a classroom setting, such as a reading specialist, speech therapist, learning support teacher, librarian, etc.