Meet the Current Teacher of the Year (TOY)


Pilar Biller

“Teacher of the Year is an incredible journey of professional growth and service to our profession. Representing our state’s teachers is an honor, but the real work begins with the opportunity to use my voice and skills to effect positive change in education.
Teachers across the country are brought together every year through this program to engage in meaningful learning, dialogue, and action and to establish priorities for education policy. I am grateful and inspired by my 2018 State Teacher of the Year family! This cohort of passionate, dedicated educators use this platform to advocate for education reform, to promote quality, equitable education for students, and to elevate the teaching profession. The Teacher of the Year journey doesn’t end after the year of service. It is just the beginning.”

Pilar Biller is a National Board Certified Teacher and 19-year veteran with a broad range of experience in education. She has been a first, third, and fourth grade teacher at Title I schools and has taught the Visual Arts at elementary, middle, and high school levels. Pilar holds a B.A. in Art from Gonzaga University and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Sierra Nevada College, where she developed an inquiry-based art curriculum that promotes innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities. Pilar has facilitated collaboration of teachers, administrators, and students to develop positive school culture, and a supportive learning environment. She has collaborated with teachers, community arts professionals, and the Nevada Department of Education to revise the state’s visual arts standards, and is an enthusiastic mentor for pre-service teachers. Pilar served as Project Director for M.A.T. candidates, has presented at state and national arts education conference, is a 2013 WEA Distinguished Performance Award recipient, 2019 NEA Award for Teaching Excellence recipient