“Great teachers don’t let anything stand in the way of their students’ education.”

– Tony Cann, founder of Promethean

The Cann Awards


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Our Mission

In many people’s lives, there has been at least one teacher who inspired them to become the person who they are today. In our early years, when we are still being formed, these exceptional teachers often see more in us than we see in ourselves. As a result, teachers help us to evolve into the person who we ultimately become. These inspirational leaders are not often recognized for the life-changing role they have played. These are the teachers who define us, teachers who widen our horizons and encourage us to explore. These teachers are touchstones to paths of achieving more than we might have otherwise accomplished, in directions we might not have gone. To celebrate the significant role of teachers in society, The Cann Awards will spotlight some of the world’s most inspirational teachers and recognize them for their contributions.

September 10, 2014

Nominations for the 2015 cycle will be accepted.

November 15, 2014

Deadline for nominations.


Promethean created The Cann Awards in 2014 in honor of Tony Cann, the company’s founder and first Chairman. Each year, The Cann Awards will solicit the general public to nominate teachers who made a significant difference in their lives by sharing their story. Five winning teachers will be selected from among the nominations to each receive a Cann Award as well as a $2,500 donation from Promethean to a charity of the winner’s choice.

The winners will be announced on January 10, 2015, Tony Cann’s birthday. They will also be honored during a gala event in Atlanta, Ga. Promethean will cover costs to bring each winning teacher, one guest and the winning teacher’s nominator to Atlanta for the event.

Awardees will be showcased, along with the people they inspired, on The Cann Awards website.

January 10, 2015

Awards announced.

Official Rules

In addition to the contest overview listed here, complete terms can be found in the Official Rules.


Resident teachers and nominators from the following countries are eligible to participate: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For Nominators

  • Official nominators must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Nominators must have been the Nominee’s student; no nominations by peers, parents of students, etc. will be accepted.
  • Nominators must no longer be enrolled in the school where the Nominee was their teacher.
  • Only one nominator is permitted per teacher nominee. Groups wishing to nominate a teacher must select one representative to serve as the official nominator.
  • Only one nomination per teacher will be accepted.

For the Teachers

  • Nominees must teach or have taught in a K-12 school (children ages 6-18).
  • Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are eligible.

For Posthumous Awards

  • Posthumous nominations will also be accepted for The Cann Awards More information on posthumous award entries can be found in the Official Rules.
  • Nominators should submit the name and information for a charity, non-profit organization or fund to receive a $2,500 donation in the deceased teacher’s name.

How to Nominate Your Teacher

Nominations for the 2015 cycle of The Cann Awards will be accepted starting September 10, 2014.

Did you have a teacher who inspired you? One who changed your life? Is there a teacher you credit with helping you become the person you are today? Do you remember a specific interaction with your teacher that proved to be a moment of inspiration and transformation? Share your story.

  • The Cann Awards celebrates the best in teaching from around the world. In accordance with the values set forth and modeled by Tony Cann, eligible nominees include:
    • A teacher who displays excellent leadership qualities
    • A teacher who encourages students to explore and create
    • A teacher who inspires critical thinking among students
    • A teacher who responds to the diverse learning needs of students with importance
    • A teacher who gives successful direction to students’ careers
    • A teacher who motivates students towards positive thinking and positive ways of living
    • A teacher who inspires students towards developing problem solving attitude
  • Create your written, audio, or video story. The content and quality of the story is more important than the format you choose.
  • Written submissions must not exceed 500 words and must be in plain text (.txt) or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) formats. Audio or video submissions must not exceed 5 minutes. Video must be in AVI or WMV format, minimum resolution 320×240. Audio must be in MP3 or WAV format.
  • In order to complete the nomination, you will need to provide contact information for the teacher you are nominating. If the teacher you are nominating is deceased, you will need to provide contact information for the teacher’s family or next of kin. Do your best to provide accurate contact information. If you submit a great story but we are unable to locate your teacher, we will not be able to consider her/him for the Award.
  • A panel of five education experts, including Tony Cann, the Chairman of Promethean’s Board of Directors and Promethean’s CEO will determine the winners from a group of finalists.
  • Join the conversation using  #thecannawards.
  • All required materials must be submitted online or postmarked by the deadline, Sunday, November 15, 2014.


The application deadline is November 15, 2014.

Questions? Contact TheCannAwards@prometheanworld.com.