The 2023 nomination window is open!


More than an award, the Ohio Teacher of the Year program elevates the teaching profession by identifying exceptional teachers, celebrating their effective, inspiring work both inside and outside of the classroom and providing opportunities for professional growth, leadership and advocacy.


Nominees must hold a professional Ohio educator license, work full-time with a minimum of five years of teaching experience in a state-approved public school, community school or career center. They also must work directly with students at least 50 percent of the time, have no previous recognition with the Ohio Teacher of the Year program, and plan to continue in active teaching status.


Anyone may nominate a teacher. School administrators, colleagues, community members, parents or students may submit a nomination for one or multiple teachers from a district or school building. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Click to submit a nomination! Nominations extended through April 30th!


REGIONALState Board District Teacher of the Year

Ohio’s 11 educational regions are identified as State Board of Education (SBOE) Districts, each represented by an elected board member. Nominations come from public traditional and community school administrators, students, parents, peers and community members. Territory Leads facilitate the selection of the State Board District Teacher of the Year.

STATEOhio Teacher of the Year

Each State Board District Teacher of the Year moves forward as a candidate in the state- level Ohio Teacher of the Year selection process. A committee, identified by the Department, reviews applications and selects finalists to interview. The interview panel follows a process outlined by the Department to confirm the final selection of the Ohio Teacher of the Year. Finally, the Department nominates the selected teacher for consideration as the National Teacher of the Year.

NATIONALNational Teacher of the Year

The Ohio Teacher of the Year is nominated by the Department to the National Teacher of the Year selection, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). A selection committee reviews applications from every State Teacher of the Year selecting four national finalists to interview. If selected as the National Teacher of the Year, the Ohio Teacher of the Year is then released from classroom duties for one year to travel nationwide as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession.

Learn more about the Ohio Teacher of the Year at the Ohio Department of Education

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