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District of Columbia Teacher of the Year

The DC Teacher of the Year award recognizes and honors the many contributions of our prekindergarten through grade 12 classroom teachers. Since the inception of the program, DC Teachers of the Year have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to student achievement. In addition, they:

  • Have demonstrated an ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • Have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues;
  • Play an active and useful role in the community as well as in your school; and
  • Are poised, articulate, and possess the energy to inspire by serving as an ambassador for the teachers of the District of Columbia.

2019 DC Teacher of the Year Nomination and Application Process

OSSE is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year award. OSSE encourages all public and public charter schools in the District of Columbia to nominate their top teachers to be considered for the 2019 award. To nominate a teacher for this prestigious honor, please complete the 2019 DC Teacher of the Year Nomination Form by Friday, June 15, 2018. Administrators, colleagues, LEA and school staff, parents, students, and community members can all submit nominations. Self-nominations are also acceptable. All nominees will receive an email from OSSE with instructions on how to complete the full application process. OSSE will announce the state winner by November 2018.

DC Teacher of the Year Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, a candidate must be a classroom teacher, currently teaching in a public school or public charter school in the District of Columbia, and must be planning to continue as a classroom teacher in DC for the 2018-19 school year.

The 2019 DC Teacher of the Year will receive a $7500 unrestricted award to recognize their outstanding teaching service and performance. The two runners up will receive a $1500 award. Throughout the course of their tenure, the 2019 DC Teacher of the Year will be asked to share their expertise by speaking to teachers and educational stakeholders, informing program and policy initiatives, and participating in professional development opportunities for District of Columbia teachers. The DC Teacher of the Year is also automatically included in the National Teacher of the Year competition. Learn more about the National Teacher of the Year Competition criteria and duties.

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

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