OSPI recognizes educators through a number of state award programs.
Washington's Teacher of the Year program recognizes a cohort of regional finalists and selects one state Teacher of the Year annually. This state Teacher of the Year is Washington's nominee for National Teacher of the Year.
The Classified School Employee of the Year program recognizes one classified employee from each of Washington's educational service districts every year. A selection committee choses the state Classified School Employee of the Year from this group of regional finalists.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition for a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher in the United States.
The National History Teacher of the Year award honors great American history teachers from across the country. Washington selects one state finalist annually as Washington’s History Teacher of the Year. State finalists compete for the national award.
WA Regional Educator Award Coordinators