Teacher of the Year Program


Are you an outstanding Nevada teacher? Do you know an amazing teacher who deserves recognition? Apply or nominate someone for the Nevada Teacher of the Year.

This prestigious honors program focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The National Teacher of the Year Program was initiated in 1952 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in order to bring recognition to the importance of teachers as nurturer's of the "American Dream." His intention was to honor all teachers by the selection of a representative teacher from each state who would compete in the yearly choice of the National Teacher of the Year. The program is facilitated nationally by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Along with its sponsors, CCSSO brings together State Teachers of the Year from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Washington, DC, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. Nevada has participated since 1956.

The Candidate is an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher in any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, who is planning to continue in an active teaching status. The Candidate selected by our state should inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, and have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. The Candidate should play an active, useful role in the community as well as in their school, and be poised, articulate and possess the energy to withstand a taxing schedule.

The opportunity to become the Nevada Teacher of the Year begins with the individual teacher and school. Any classroom teacher holding a valid, continuing license for pre-kindergarten through grade twelve is eligible to participate.

    2019 Application Deadline is September 14, 2018 by 4:00 pm

    The Teacher of the Year Application can be accessed electronically. 

    The opportunity to become the Nevada Teacher of the Year begins with the individual teacher and school. Any classroom teacher holding a valid, continuing license for pre-kindergarten through grade twelve is eligible to participate.

    Please submit your application electronically or mail to:

    Stacey Dallas Johnston
    Teacher Leader in Residence
    Nevada Department of Education
    9890 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 221
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89183