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About The Washington Post Educational Foundation

The Washington Post Educational Foundation has long honored the best educators in the Washington region. The Washington Post recognizes that quality education is essential to the health and vitality of our community.

The Post's Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards were established in 1983 to honor teachers who have shown initiative, creativity and an exceptional degree of professionalism in teaching. Agnes Meyer, the wife of Eugene Meyer, publisher of The Washington Post from 1933 to 1946, was strong supporter of public education. The awards were established in her name to recognize dedicated teachers who have shown initiative, creativity and an exceptional degree of professionalism in teaching. The Washington Post Educational Foundation was later founded to continue this program and contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.

In 1986, the Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards were created to recognize another vital member of the educational system: the school principal. Modeled after the Agnes Meyer Awards, the program recognizes principals who go above the day-to-day demands of their profession to create exceptional educational environments for our children.


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