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Teacher of the year

The Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 teachers in public education who have made outstanding academic contributions to Pennsylvania's school-aged children. 

Local education agencies (LEAs) are encouraged to acknowledge the efforts of teachers in their community who have worked to achieve excellence in the classroom by nominating an outstanding educator. The nomination form, along with additional information about the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year program, is available on the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) website. Each LEA may nominate a deserving educator from both elementary and secondary levels. Nominations received after December 15 will be considered for the following year. 

Twelve (12) finalists are selected from applicants and recognized in Harrisburg each fall. The finalists then participate in interviews and submit a recorded teaching episode that exhibits effective instructional strategies. 

Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year is announced at a state awards ceremony in Harrisburg in the winter and represents Pennsylvania at the National Teacher of the Year ceremony at the White House. 

The Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year typically receives a variety of technology resources for classroom use, along with several sponsored awards, and must fulfill duties and responsibilities during the course of their term.

Questions?  Contact Nicholas Blanch, State Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Program: 717-346-4369 or nblanch@pa.gov.