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Florida Teacher of the Year (TOY)

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

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Award to a Florida teacher or educator to recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of education. Please note that participating districts and institutions must select their winning teacher through an internal application and review process advance of the state award deadline.

This program recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. In accordance with Florida Statutes section 1012.77, the bureau coordinates the nomination and selection of the Florida Teacher of the Year and the Finalists. The bureau also coordinates recognition events, the scheduling of presentations and workshops by the Teacher of the Year in his/her service as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and the planning and coordination of the annual Florida Teacher Roundtable, a symposium for all nominees.

The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education. In this role, s/he serves as a goodwill ambassador representing the Department of Education and teachers throughout the state. The Teacher of the Year may conduct workshops, address fellow teachers, parents, and business and community leaders at conferences and meetings, and talk to student groups about careers in education. The ambassador is on sabbatical leave from his/her school district during this year of service. The Department reimburses the district for the teacher's salary and benefits.

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GrantWatch ID#: 168395

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All full-time, public school classroom teachers, grades preK through 12, adult education teachers, postsecondary vocational/technical education teachers, guidance counselors, media specialists, and department chairpersons who actively engage in classroom teaching are eligible for nomination.

School personnel whose major responsibilities are administrative or supervisory are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Prior to February 5, 2018, participating districts and institutions must select a candidate who will represent the district or institution as the Teacher of the Year. The method and materials used to select the candidate may vary according to the district. The candidate selected should be willing and able to attend the Teacher of the Year Roundtable and Gala held in Orlando.

Nomination packets are sent to district superintendents at the beginning of each school year. Selection processes may differ by district. Most districts accept a nomination from individual schools within their district and then require the candidates to undergo a more strenuous selection process. Only one teacher may be nominated by a district to the state and only the superintendent may submit the nomination.

The online Teacher of the Year Application must be completed and the supporting documents must be submitted via email no later than February 5, 2018.

Timeline for Selection of the 2019 Florida Teacher of the Year
-September 2017: Applications are distributed to superintendents, eligible institutions and program coordinators.
-February 5, 2018: Applications, including video link submissions, must be submitted online. Any submissions received after February 5, 2018, will not be considered.
-February 26, 2018: FDOE begins communication with District Teachers of the Year. State selection committees review nominees.
-March – April 2018: Announcements of the Teacher of the Year Finalists are made.
-May 2018 May – June 2018: State selection committee interviews finalists in Tallahassee.
-July 2018: Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Roundtable, Gala and announcement of the 2019 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year.

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USA: Florida