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District of Columbia Teacher of the Year

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.

2020 DC Teacher of the Year Awardees

2020 DC Teacher of the Year: Justin Lopez-Cardoze, Seventh Grade Science Teacher, Capital City Public Charter School | View Justin Lopez-Cardoze’s profile

2020 DC Teacher of the Year Runners Up: Elizabeth Barkley, English, Social Action/Human Rights, and Global Perspectives Teacher, Cardozo High School | Dr. Daniel Spruill, K-8 Music Teacher and Choir Director, Center City Public Charter School Brightwood Campus

OSSE Press Release

2021 DC Teacher of the Year Nomination and Application Process

OSSE is searching for the 2021 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 2021 DC Teacher of the Year Nomination Form during the nomination window of Friday, Jan. 3-Friday, March 6, 2020.

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 2020-2021 school year. The 2021 DC Teacher of the Year will receive a $7,500 award, professional development and leadership opportunities, and will represent DC in the 2021 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, March 6, 2020. OSSE will announce the 2021 DC Teacher of the Year winner in October 2020.

OSSE also invites you to nominate outstanding math and science teachers for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and outstanding history teachers for the 2020 DC History Teacher of the Year.

For more information or questions, please Annette Thacker-Bartlett at [email protected] or (202) 724-7779.

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