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DoDEA Teacher of The Year

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About DoDEA's Teacher of the Year

Every year the DoDEA "Teacher of the Year" honors educators that have made an exceptional difference in the lives of their students and provided inspiration to their peers. We have made some adjustments to the program this year. First, we have created an on-line nomination process to allow an easier system for stakeholders to nominate. In addition, to better align our program to the National Teacher of the Year’s program, we have adjusted our timeline. We will announce our teacher of the year at the end of this school year, but will have additional time to support the recipient with the submission of the 1 October national application deadline. We believe that the additional support and time will give our teachers a more competitive advantage since other state Teachers of the Year have had a timeline similar to our new one for many years.

The purpose of the DoDEA Teacher of the Year program is to recognize and promote excellence in education. Teachers may be nominated by a peer, administrator, parent, or student. Nominees complete application packets, which are then submitted to the appropriate DoDEA District Office where a panel assembled by the District Superintendent selects the District Teacher of the Year. A second panel assembled at DoDEA Headquarters then selects the DoDEA Teacher of the Year from the candidates submitted by each district. The DoDEA Teacher of the Year competes for the title of the National Teacher of the Year.

The Teacher of the Year program encourages teachers to take an active part in educational leadership. As outstanding educators, selectees perform a variety of roles. They promote the teaching profession, and work with school officials to enhance the quality of teaching and the education of young people in DoDEA.

Nominated teachers complete an application packet consisting of nine components including a professional biography, list of community involvement, a philosophy of teaching, an essay on the teaching profession and major public education issues, and a videotape presentation. Each component has a designated point value from 5 to 25, for a total of 115 points. Teacher selection is based upon an application's total point value following a virtual interview with top candidates.


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The Teacher of the Year nomination window is closed. Nominees will be notified by their District POC.



Official Application
Be sure to fill out the entire application before submission

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November 29, 2013: ToY Nomination Window Closes

January 10, 2014: District ToY Application Due to the District POC

March 14, 2014: National ToY package, including photo and uploaded video, due to Area Office for review and revisions

April 11, 2014: National ToY Application due to DoDEA Headquarters via Blackboard