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Delaware State Teacher of the Year (DSTOY) program

Awards to Delaware Teachers for Outstanding
Contributions to PreK-12 Education

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Delaware Department of Education (DDOE)

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05/11/18 4:30 PM - Deadline for state-level nominations


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Awards to Delaware PreK-12 teachers to recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of classroom education. Please note that school districts and charter schools must conduct an internal nomination and review process for the district-level awards; district-level winners will then be nominated for the state-level award.

The Delaware State Teacher of the Year program is a vocal community of award winning educators who represent exemplary teaching and serve as spokespersons and ambassadors for the profession. The DSTOY program recognizes excellence in education and expresses appreciation for the many outstanding teachers in Delaware who serve as an inspiration to teachers, students, and community members, while providing a representative to serve as the profession’s advocate throughout the year.

Being named a State Teacher of the Year is not only an award, but an honor that comes with an enormous amount of responsibility to represent the teaching profession in the state.

State Teacher of the Year Roles
1. A liaison between the teaching community and the Delaware Department of Education, districts, and communities;
2. An education ambassador to businesses, parents, service organizations, and media;
3. A resource on the state of the profession to be available for workshops and conferences around the state;
4. An education leader involved in teacher forum and education advancement; and
5. A representative for the teaching profession by a. Articulating the many ways that teachers contribute to the profession, and b. Sharing knowledge about specific programs and instructional strategies that benefit teachers and students.

Since the State Teacher of the Year will be asked to attend many events and make numerous speeches during the 2018-19 school year he or she must be poised, articulate, and have the energy to make and withstand a busy schedule.

The 2019 State Teacher of the Year must be released from classroom responsibilities during the year of recognition as necessary in order to fulfill the obligations inherent in the honor. Every attempt will be made to schedule activities around the classroom schedule.

Delaware Teacher of the Year Statewide Advisory Board to the Secretary of Education:

The Secretary of Education has formed an Advisory Board to the Secretary of Education that consists of the State Teachers of the Year and the 2009 through 2018 District Teachers of the Year. This is a great opportunity for teachers to have a voice and the ear of the Secretary of Education. Secretary Bunting would like to invite the 2019 District Teachers of the Year to be part of the Advisory Board. The agenda and the topics are established by the group. The meetings are held bi-monthly from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm in the Cabinet Room of the Townsend Building. 1 1⁄2 clock hours are given to those in attendance.

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GrantWatch ID#: 170755

Estimated Size of Grant:

-District/Charter School Teachers of the Year - $2,000 cash award.
-State Teacher of the Year – an additional $3,000 cash award plus $5,000 for educational use

Benefits to being the State Teacher of the Year:
1. Meet the President of the United States;
2. Attend national events and conferences;
3. Serve as the representative for the teaching profession, making public appearances statewide speaking with professional, business, education, civic, parent, and students groups;
4. Gain a network of friends and colleagues from the nation’s top teaching professionals;
5. Become Delaware’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year Program, the oldest and most prestigious honors program to focus public attention on excellence in teaching. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). More information can be found at

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for the Teacher of the Year award a person shall have taught, continuously or intermittently, for an accumulative period of three years or more in a Delaware public school previous to the date of such person’s nomination; have been formally nominated; be actively teaching in their district or charter school in this state at the time of their nomination; and continue to actively teach in the nominating district or charter school for the duration of the year of their nomination.

If the nominee chooses to leave the district or charter school during the selection period, the district or charter school shall submit another nominee.

A nominee shall have met all the requirements for a Standard Certificate for the position held and hold a valid and current license, as approved by the Professional Standards Board, Department of Education and the State Board of Education.


A candidate for National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) is a State Teacher of the Year in a state- approved or accredited school; prekindergarten through grade twelve, who is planning to continue in an active teaching status.

The National Teacher of the Year candidate has the respect and admiration of their colleagues and:
1. Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence.
2. Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
3. Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large.
4. Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies
lifelong learning.
5. Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

Teachers who have received recognition as Delaware State Teacher of the Year are not eligible for nomination. Those who have been recognized as a District Teacher of the Year in the previous three years are not eligible for nomination. Teachers who have been nominated in prior years, but did not achieve at least a district ranking, may be nominated the following year.

Pre-Application Information:

In Delaware, Teachers of the Year are annually chosen at the school and district levels through a variety of procedures.

In the selection process at all levels, emphasis needs to be placed on the fact that we are looking for the best representative of the teaching profession and best teaching practices. Final selection of each school-level and district/charter school level Teacher of the Year should be completed by a broad-based committee representing teachers, building administrators, parents, and students.

School and District nomination should take place in the Spring for the following year. This will give the nominee ample time to prepare his or her portfolio for submission to the state.

The program should always be described as a search for a person who will represent his or her fellow teachers. Before the district decides, it should make sure that each nominee is willing to accept the title if offered.

-Establish a building and district-level process that provides access to all teachers.
-Confirm that school and district level process is conducted according to guidelines/timelines.
-Email or fax the Teacher of the Year Nomination Form to Chris Kenton at DOE by May 11, 2018
-Inform District Nominee of their first meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2018 at DOE - TOY Portfolio Workshop (am); Presentations on Issues in Education: Local, State and National Perspective (pm) in the Cabinet Room at 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.)
-Assist the District/Charter School Teacher of the Year with application process, explanation of timelines; read and critique the TOY Application.

The 2019 Delaware Teacher of the Year Awards Dinner will be at the Dover Downs Hotel in Dover on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The reception will be at five o’clock p.m. The selected Teachers of the Year will be recognized. Guests include the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of Education, State Board of Education, legislators, former State Teachers of the Year, business leaders, administrators, family and friends.

-Friday, December 8, 2017 9:00 – 11:00 noon: TOY Coordinators Meeting
-Friday, May 11, 2018 4:30 PM: 2019 TOY Nominee Notification
-Wednesday, June 20, 2018: 2019 Teachers of the Year Meeting
-August 8, 9 10, 2018: Video Taping
-September 10 - 14, 2018: Teacher/Students Photo & Video (Photos displayed in Townsend Building)
-Friday, September 14, 2018, 4:30 PM: Online Application Due to DOE
-Monday, September 17, 2018: 1ST Observers Meeting
-Monday, September 17, 2018: Readers Meeting
-Tuesday, September 18, 2018 through Friday, September 28, 2018: Classroom Observations
-Monday, October 1, 2018: 2ND Observers Meeting
-Wednesday, October 3, 2018: Judges Meeting
-Tuesday, October 16, 2018: Teacher of the Year Banquet

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Chris Kenton
Fax: 739-5894

Delaware Department of Education
The Townsend Building
401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901-3639


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