2019 Teacher of the Year

 

Since 1969, the Texas Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues, and the communities they serve.

Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher. Facilitated by TASA for the state and by Region 10 within our ten-county area, the Teacher of the Year Program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.

2019 Teacher of the Year Guidelines

2019 Texas Teacher of the Year Application 

Submit an electronic copy (PDF preferred) of the completed application form (Section I), the pages you create in your word-processing software to provide the information requested in Sections II-IV, and a photograph to Region 10 Chief Communications Officer Grant Rampy (grant.rampy@region10.org, 972.348.1040) by 5 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Faxed, emailed or otherwise digitally delivered entries will be accepted.
Digital submission is preferred, if possible.

This document is considered the official entry and any failure to meet this deadline will result in disqualification. The photo may be presented digitally also or sent as a hard copy to be scanned.

 

Regional Teachers of the Year

Every fall, 40 Regional Teachers of the Year are selected — one elementary and one secondary teacher from each of the 20 Education Service Center regions in Texas. Six finalists are then chosen from among the 40 semifinalists.

Texas Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year

Following an interview process, the Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year are chosen from among the six finalists. One is selected to represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year program.

National Teacher of the Year

The National Teacher of the Year program is the oldest and most prestigious awards program designed to focus public attention on excellence in teaching. A selection committee representing the major national education associations selects the National Teacher of the Year from the nominees submitted by the 50 states.

Every spring, the National Teacher of the Year is announced by the president during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House and is honored at special events in the nation’s capital. The National Teacher of the Year takes a year’s sabbatical from classroom instruction and serves as a roving ambassador for the teaching profession.

 


Eligibility

Educators must be nominated by the accredited public school in which they were employed full time during the school year in which they were nominated.

While the program traditionally recognizes classroom teachers, school librarians and counselors who teach students at least four hours per day may be nominated for regional, state, and national honors. Administrators are not eligible. Candidates who, prior to the selection of the state finalists, accept non-teaching positions (such as in administration or outside a school or district) or in which they teach students for less than four hours each day are not eligible to advance in the state competition.

Additional criteria, provided by the Council of Chief State School Officers, which sponsors the national program, are used for both the state and national programs and say that candidates have the respect and admiration of their colleagues and they:

  • are experts in their field who guide students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence
  • collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success
  • deliberately connect the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large
  • demonstrate leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning
  • express themselves in an engaging and articulate way

Suggestions for Schools and Districts Conducting Teacher of the Year Contests


District-Level Selection Process

Participating school districts and open-enrollment charter schools may nominate two teachers — one elementary and one secondary educator. In most cases, the elementary category consists of early childhood/pre-K through grade 5 teachers, and the secondary category is for teachers of grades 6-12. However, grade divisions and classroom arrangements may vary from district to district.

In general, elementary teachers will instruct the same class throughout the day in what is regarded as a traditional grade-school setting; secondary teachers will conduct classes in subject areas in a class-period or block-time schedule to different groups of students during the school day. Any questions regarding the categories should be referred to TASA.

Districts and open-enrollment charter schools may establish their own processes for selecting Teacher of the Year nominees. However, please note that to be considered for regional and state recognition, candidates must:

  • be nominated by the superintendent of their district, or the district in which they taught during the school year in which they're nominated
  • provide all information requested by the state application packet and answer all questions (however, districts may use their own applications or submitted materials in making their own selections)
  • meet all deadlines and follow all guidelines

Region-Level Selection Process

All Region 10 district nominees automatically advance to competition within Region 10 ESC, which is coordinated by R10 Chief Communications Officer Grant Rampy (grant.rampy@region10.org). A panel of judges in each region, composed primarily of members of various teacher associations, meets to evaluate the written applications and selects a Region 10 Elementary and a Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Regional judging takes place each June-July. When completed, regional coordinators email the regional winners’ original applications and photos to TASA’s program coordinator. Forty regional winners (one elementary teacher and one secondary teacher for each Education Service Center) automatically become semifinalists in the Texas Teacher of the Year awards program.


State-Level Selection Process

State-level judging takes place at the TASA offices. Semifinalist judging occurs in August. Two panels of judges (one for the elementary category and another for the secondary category) composed primarily of members of teacher associations meet in Austin to review the 40 semifinalists’ applications and select three finalists for Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and three finalists for Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Finalists’ superintendents and Education Service Centers are then notified. TASA distributes a news release announcing the six finalists on the first day of school. School districts are encouraged to do the same.

The final judging occurs in September. The six finalists are invited to Austin to be interviewed by a panel of judges, which is typically composed of representatives of educational administrator associations, a member of the State Board for Education Certification, a member of the State Board of Education, and the most recent Texas Teachers of the Year. The panel chooses the two state winners and designates one to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year program. The winners are announced at the Texas Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony in September.

The Texas Education Agency then submits Texas’ entry for the state’s nominee to the National Teacher of the Year program on behalf of the winner. The National Teacher of the Year program, conducted by the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, D.C., will announce four finalists in January.


Timeline/Deadlines

Date Event

June 7, 2018

District-nominated Teacher of the Year applications due to Region 10 by 5 p.m.

June – July 2018

Judging takes place at Region 10 ESC Spring Valley campus

July 27, 2018

R10 Teacher of the Year selection process ends

August 2, 2018

R10 Teacher of the Year Celebration event, Curtis Culwell Center, Garland, TX

August 6, 2018

Semifinalist judging takes place at TASA Headquarters in Austin to determine the six Texas Teacher of the Year finalists

September 13, 2018

Texas Teacher of the Year finalists interviewed; judges select one Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and one Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year (one is chosen to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year program)

September 13, 2018

The Regional Teachers of the Year meet in Austin for an evening orientation dinner.

September 14, 2018

The Texas Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony is held in Austin, and the Texas Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year are announced.

TBD

The completed National Texas Teacher of the Year packet is due to TASA for signature and submission to the national office on behalf of the 2018 Texas Teacher of the Year.


Tips:

  • Nominees should answer the entire application form cover sheet and essay questions. Do not exceed the page limitations.

  • Nominees are urged to be brief and succinct in their written responses, focusing on their most significant experiences and characteristics.

  • Please double check for spelling errors.

  • Candidates who add a personal touch to their applications will produce a stronger entry, as well as provide contest judges — who have a limited amount of time to evaluate each entry — with an application that is more readable and targets a nominee’s strong points.


Questions

  • regarding the eligibility of teacher candidates  -- or --

  • regarding the elementary or secondary categories

Contact either:

Grant Rampy
Regional Coordinator

972.348.1040
grant.rampy@region10.org

 

The Texas Association of School Administrators
Jennifer Garrido
512.477.6361