Chapter Advisors

2022 Outstanding Advisor: John McKeown

We are pleased to announce that the 2021-22 recipient of the John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award is Dr. John McKeown, Advisor for the POE (Practitioners of English) Chapter at Üsküdar American Academy (UAA) in Istanbul.

John began his teaching career with the Toronto District Board of Education in 1987, and has worked internationally since 1998 in a variety of countries and positions, the last four of which he served as Head of English at UAA.

John’s referees, in their supporting recommendation letters, mentioned his commitment to expanding and improving community service at the school and in the wider community. Also mentioned as noteworthy were strategies developed with the POE Chapter executive and membership to continue community outreach, particularly challenging as an international chapter, during the past few years of shifting COVID circumstances.

We congratulate Dr. McKeown, and wish the POE Chapter continued success and development in the future.

A reminder that for this award, nominations are open through April 24, 2023, with decisions coming in May 2023.

John McKeown
John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award recipient, 2021-2022
POE (Practitioners of English) Chapter
Üsküdar American Academy, Istanbul


John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award

The John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award, presented annually to one Advisor who has given generously of their time, talent, creativity, and leadership to a local NEHS chapter, recognizes Advisors who foster the spirit of academic excellence and community service in their work with chapter members.

The award is named in memory of John L. Manear, a former English teacher at Seton-LaSalle High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Manear was an English Coordinator for the Diocese of Pittsburgh; he was also a member of the original team of educators who envisioned the creation of National English Honor Society. Mr. Manear was a member of the NEHS Advisory Council and taught for more than fifty (50) years, dedicating his life to academic excellence in English studies.

The recipient of the John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award will receive a $500 check from National English Honor Society and a plaque. Additional awards of $250 will be available to recognize the contributions of other nominees.

Nomination Requirements

Three letters of nomination are required. One letter should be written by a student member of the NEHS chapter the nominee leads. The second letter should be written by a faculty colleague or parent/guardian of a student member of the chapter. The final letter should come from an administrator, department chair, or other supervisor. Letters should not exceed 500 words and should be submitted to Chris Lockwood, NEHS Director at

Submission Deadline

The submission period closes on April 24, 2023, and will be awarded on May 8, 2023.