Teacher of the Year
Washington's Teacher of the Year program recognizes as many as ten regional
finalists and selects one state Teacher of the Year annually. This state Teacher
of the Year is Washington’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year.
Meet the 2017 Washington Teacher of the Year and Regional Winners
Previous Teachers of the Year
Washington’s educational service districts and tribal schools each select a
regional finalist. The state selection committee chooses one of these regional
finalists as Teacher of the Year. The committee reviews a written application
and interviews each finalist when making its decision.
The state selection committee uses the
selection rubric. Some regions use this rubric for their selection.
your regional coordinator for more
information on your region's selection process.
He/she is selected in mid-September. Regional finalists attend a day of interviews followed by a weekend leadership retreat in Olympia. The State Superintendent announces the Teacher of the Year the following Monday during our annual Teacher of the Year award ceremony at EMP in Seattle.
Nominate your teacher online. The nomination form opens in
OSPI sends your nominee, their principal and their
regional coordinator a copy of the nomination and a link to the online application.
- Attend a long weekend (Friday – Monday) of interviews, leadership
retreat and awards ceremony (mid-September).
- Complete a collection of teacher tales to be shared with
legislators, educational leaders and other stakeholders.
- Travel the state and their regions to share their expertise
with community groups, businesses, government officials and
- Identify and advocate for educational issues of particular
interest to them.
- Receive small cash awards and additional prizes in
recognition of their achievements.
- Represent the state at all required National Teacher of the Year events
including several national leadership conferences and the national
recognition week in Washington, D.C.
- Serve as the Teacher-in-Residence for Washington's Teacher
of the Year program January - June.
- Respond to and fulfill Teacher of the Year speaking requests,
- Sit on the Washington Teacher Advisory Council (WATAC) leadership team
and help plan the spring convening.
- Identify and take on at least one statewide initiative and carry out
activities to support it.
- Design and carry out a personal communication plan to include a social
media and web presence, traditional media strategy, and other publications.
- Network with teacher preparation programs across the state.