The DC Teacher of the Year program celebrates outstanding educators who are experts in their craft as demonstrated by accelerated growth for all students, and who demonstrate leadership beyond the classroom by partnering with colleagues, students, families and communities to support innovation in teaching and learning, and who champion the teaching profession.
2019 DC Teacher of the Year Awardees
2019 DC Teacher of the Year: Kelly Harper, Third Grade Teacher, Amidon-Bowen Elementary School | View Kelly Harper's profile
2019 DC Teacher of the Year Runner Up: Karen Lee, Twelfth Grade Social Studies Teacher, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School
2019 DC Teacher of the Year Finalists: Caity Schneeman, High School Theater Arts Teacher, KIPP DC College Preparatory High School | Jennifer Leehey Coyne, Pre-K3 Teacher, Seaton Elementary School
OSSE Press Release
- Mayor Bowser Surprises Third Grade Teacher at Amidon-Bowen with 2019 DC Teacher of the Year Award
- Kelly Harper, DC’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, Named a Finalist for National Teacher of the Year
2020 DC Teacher of the Year Nomination and Application Process
OSSE is searching for the 2020 DC Teacher of the Year. We are seeking nominations for outstanding teachers who:
- Inspire and accelerate growth for all students
- Build strong partnerships with families and communities
- Champion the teaching profession
Administrators, colleagues, LEA and school staff, parents, students, and community members can all submit nominations. Self-nominations are also acceptable. Please complete the 2020 DC Teacher of the Year Nomination Form during the nomination window of Friday, Feb. 1-Friday, March 15, 2019.
To be eligible for this award, a candidate must be a current teacher in a DC public school or public charter school and must plan to continue as a teacher in DC for the 2019-20 school year. The 2020 DC Teacher of the Year will receive a $7,500 award, professional development and leadership opportunities, and will represent DC in the 2020 National Teacher of the Year competition.
All nominees will receive an email from OSSE with instructions on how to complete the full application process by Friday, April 19, 2019. OSSE will announce the 2020 DC Teacher of the Year winner in October 2019.
OSSE also invites you to nominate outstanding math and science teachers for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and outstanding history teachers for the 2019 DC History Teacher of the Year.
For more information or questions, please Annette Thacker-Bartlett at [email protected] or (202) 724-7779.