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PA Teacher of the Year Award Nominations

It is the time of year when nominations are made for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.  The purpose of the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year program is to celebrate excellence in teaching, honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the young people of Pennsylvania, and select a nominee for the National Teacher of the Year award.  Any parent, community member, student, or educator can nominate an individual who meets the qualification criteria. 

 

Below are the qualifications for a nominee:

  • Possess a valid Pennsylvania Instructional II certificate;
  • Be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled pre-kindergarten through grade twelve teachers in any public school in Pennsylvania;
  • Plan to continue in an active teaching status through the current school year;
  • Incorporate effective and innovative instructional strategies, particularly elements of the Standards Aligned Systems (SAS);
  • Inspire students of all backgrounds to learn;
  • Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues;
  • Play an active role in the school and community;
  • Be poised and articulate, and have good communication skills.

 

NOMINATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

Any parent, community member, student, or educator can nominate an individual who meets the criteria in the section above to be a Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. Nominees must complete the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year application form for consideration. Applications are due December 15. The nomination form for the PA Teacher of the Year is linked here:  https://tinyurl.com/5ddjd3dy

 

The selection committee of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, with the guidance and assistance of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will review and score the nomination packets to select the semi-finalists and regional finalists from each of the state’s four regions.