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celebrating great teaching

The Fourth Annual Peary Awards

Pear Deck was founded by educators, so we know just how much time, effort, and passion goes into your work — and how often that hard work goes unrecognized!

Each year, the Peary Awards celebrate outstanding educators and schools who embody Pear Deck’s values and encourage students to engage with teachers, classmates, and new ideas every day.

The final round of voting is officially open!

Join the Pear Deck Student-Paced Deck to learn about the finalists and vote for a winner in each category. Voting will close on Thursday, February 16.

Voting is officially closed

We went live on Tuesday, February 21 to announce our winners of the fourth annual Peary Awards! Watch the winner announcement video below.

How to nominate outstanding educators for a Peary Award

The Peary Awards include 6 categories for recognition. Every year, we look for outstanding examples and stories that bring each category description to life!


Review the categories and select the one(s) that best fits the educator(s) you want to celebrate. Complete the form(s) by Thursday, January 26 to submit a nomination!


After collecting nominations, a team of Pear Deck Certified Coaches will review nominations and create a short list of five finalists for each category.


Between Thursday, February 9 and Thursday, February 16 vote for a winner of each category. The entries with the most votes in each category will win! Winners will be announced on February 21 via a livestream and also shared on social media, this landing page, and email.

Award Categories

Peary Awards Medal - Tackle Tenacity

Growth Guide

Nominate an educator who fosters a growth mindset, helps students understand that learning is a journey, and helps students get comfortable with and learn from failures.

Peary Awards Medal - Excavate and Expand

Innovative Explorer

Nominate an educator who helps students make connections across disciplines, encourages innovation, and inspires all to think critically and creatively.

Peary Awards Medal - Anticipate Awesome

Community Builder

Nominate an educator who expects excellence from all students — no matter who they are or how they learn. This educator helps students feel like part of a community that cares about and values them.

Peary Awards Medal - Cultivate Compassion

Compassionate Counselor

Nominate an educator (not just school counselors!) who provides guidance to students and helps them navigate the intrapersonal landscape. They’re someone who excels at helping students gain empathy for each other’s different emotions.

Peary Awards Medal - Hand It Over

Autonomy Advocate

Nominate an educator who empowers students to be active agents in their learning and in their community, and helps them understand and practice their responsibility and capability.

Peary Awards Medal - School Culture

Outstanding School Culture

Nominate a school that creates an inclusive and empowering community for both educators and students. Tell us what makes this school special and unique — examples are helpful!

Check out last year's annual peary award winners!