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Award to a Florida Teacher or Educator for Outstanding Contributions to Education

Florida Teacher of the Year Program


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Florida Department of Education (FDOE)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Florida

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/12/24 - Receipt Save

Grant Description
Award to a Florida teacher or educator to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of education. The award is intended to honor teachers who have had a significant and positive impact on student learning. Participating districts and institutions must select their winning teacher through an internal application and review process in advance of the state award deadline.

The goals of the Florida Teacher of the Year program are to:

  • Enhance the stature of teachers and the teaching profession.
  • Promote the importance of quality education and teaching for our future.
  • Inspire and attract talented people to become teachers.
  • Provide information regarding Florida’s scholarship and loan programs related to teaching.
  • Promote the teaching profession within community and business groups.
  • Provide information to retired military personnel and other individuals who might consider teaching as a second career.

The Teacher of the Year will perform the following duties:

  • Work with and represent the Department of Education, as needed.
  • Work with and encourage the efforts of school and district teachers of the year.
  • Support the activities of the Florida Future Educators of America Program.
  • Represent Florida teachers at business, trade, education, and other conferences and meetings.
  • Promote the teaching profession in other ways related to the teaching responsibilities, background experiences, and aspirations of the Ambassador for Education.

The Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education Program is established to provide salary, travel, and other related expenses annually for an outstanding Florida teacher to promote the positive aspects of teaching as a career.  

For additional information about the program's mission, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following requirements must be met in nominating a candidate for the Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year:
- Each district and/or participating institution may nominate only one teacher.
- Teacher of the Year candidates shall have a track record of a positive impact on student learning.
a. A positive impact on student learning can be reflected in the form of achievement, learning growth, or a combination of the two.
b. Available data will be reviewed by the selection committee in context by comparing performance to school, district, state, and/or national performance as appropriate.
c. Examples of data may include but are not limited to passing rates on International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), End of Course assessments (EOC), Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), Music Performance Assessment (MPA) scores, Value Added Model (VAM) scores, Career & Technical Education (CTE) pass rates, Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) assessments and learning growth on FSA grade level assessments.

The following full-time district educators are eligible for nomination:
- Classroom teachers in traditional and charter public schools, Grades Pre-K through 12
- School counselors
- Media specialists
- Speech/language pathologists
- Special area teachers (e.g., exceptional student education, world languages, music)
- Other professional educators performing instructional support services with students (e.g., school psychologists, school social workers, and instructional coaches)
- Adult education teachers
- Postsecondary vocational/technical education teachers

Teachers who have recent VAM scores that are not classified as at least Effective using the State Board of Education’s approved methodology will not be considered.

School personnel who work in an administrative or supervisory capacity, such as principals or deans of students, are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information
Prior to the deadline, participating districts and institutions must select a candidate who will represent the district or institution as their Teacher of the Year.

- September 2023: Applications are distributed to superintendents, eligible institutions, and program coordinators.
- February 12, 2024: Applications must be submitted online. All documentation will be submitted electronically as part of the online application.
- March 1, 2024: The department begins communication with District Teachers of the Year.
- March – April 2024: State selection committees review nominees.
- May 2024: Announcements of the Teacher of the Year Finalists are made.
- May - June 2024: State selection committee interviews finalists in Tallahassee.
- July 2024: Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Roundtable, Gala, and announcement of the 2025 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year.

The candidate selected should be willing and able to attend the Teacher of the Year Roundtable and Gala held in Orlando in the summer of 2024.

Program homepage:

Term of Contract
The Ambassador for Education shall serve for one year, from July 1 to June 30.

Contact Information
Nominate online:

Direct questions to
Julie Caylor, Recognition Coordinator
Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development, and Retention
Turlington Building, Suite 126
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-9716

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