July 22, 2004 – Disney Hosts the DisneyHand Teacher Awards
“These teachers personify the excellence in the classroom, and we are pleased to recognize and award their creativity, commitment, and dedication to their profession, students and communities, and provide them an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices.”
On July 22, 2004, the Walt Disney Company began their DisneyHand Teacher Awards celebration, honoring 39 teachers out of 150,000 nominees in a four-day VIP party and gala celebration. This celebration also included a parade down Main Street of Disneyland. The event culminated in a special gala in Anaheim, with four of the 39 selected as Outstanding Elementary School Teacher, Outstanding Middle School Teacher, Outstanding High School Teacher, and Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Each of the nominees won $10,000, and their schools were awarded with $5,000. The honorees were selected by a special national committee of distinguished educators.