The 2014-2015 school year marks the 23rd year in which the GOLD STAR AWARDS have honored excellence in education. This program brings public recognition to educators (K-12) who have made significant contributions toward better education.

NBC Montana viewers are encouraged to nominate a favorite teacher who has made a difference in their lives. Parents, students, former students and anyone can make a nomination simply by noting the teacher's name, school and why he or she deserves the GOLD STAR AWARD. Please CLICK HERE nominate your favorite teacher.

Click for KECI's Gold Star Award

Click for KCFW's Gold Star Award

Click for KTVM's Gold Star Award

Here's what the kids have to say...

"She is the best teacher I have had...I wish I could stay in 6th grade!...Thanks for putting on a special for kids like me to express their feelings because teachers deserve a big thanks." -- Sixth Grader

"...I still remember how she changed my life." -- Seventh Grader

"...He told me that I could do anything I want as long as I believe in myself. And I did it! He also taught me how to set goals and learn leadership." -- Eleventh Grader

This is how the winners feel...

"I was honored to receive the Gold Star Award...I am not accustomed to being singled out for doing something I truly love, teaching."

"...It is an honor and one I will cherish."

"Your contribution to positive support of the Montana education process is greatly needed and appreciated..."