TEACHER OF THE YEAR PROGRAM
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1-8, 2022
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ABOUT THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR PROGRAM
The purpose of San Diego Unified's Teachers of the Year Program (TOY) is to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of our district's outstanding teachers. In doing so, the program brings deserved recognition to the hard working, innovative members of the teaching profession. It is the goal of San Diego Unified School District to recognize and honor outstanding teachers on an annual basis.
The California Teacher of the Year Program actively encourages applicants that fully represent the diverse ethnic and cultural composition of our state’s teaching force, as well as of its varied geographical settings. Teachers are eligible to go on to county, state, and national competition. The program seeks teachers with exemplary personal growth, commitment, personal attitude, and professional skills.
The California Teacher of the Year Program celebrates and pays special tribute to the tireless efforts of our state’s outstanding teachers. In doing so, the program brings well-deserved recognition to the whole teaching profession.
The program’s goals are to:
identify and honor outstanding teachers throughout California within a structure of local, regional, and statewide recognition activities;
select, for special commendation and responsibility, five teachers who will effectively represent California teachers during the year, speaking for, energizing, and symbolizing the positive contributions of the teaching profession statewide;
focus attention on the positive accomplishments of students and teachers throughout California; and
emphasize maintaining and improving student achievement.
Within this context, the San Diego Unified School District is seeking nominations of outstanding educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and adult education to be Teacher of the Year.
The Teacher of the Year nomination process allows every school site an opportunity to nominate a teacher to compete for San Diego Unified School District Teacher of the Year. Of those nominees, three outstanding educators are named San Diego Unified Teachers of the Year at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Additionally, three Teacher of the Year runners-up, and teachers selected as Teachers of the Year by their individual schools are recognized annually during National Teacher Appreciation Week.
All Teachers of the Year will be honored at the 2021 Day of the Teacher event on May 4, 2021. Due to the current pandemic, the Teacher of the Year celebration will be held virtually. However, given the fluidity of the situation, any changes to this plan will be communicated as needed. Mark your calendars now!
The 2021-2022 San Diego Unified School District Teacher of the Year Program has begun. The road to District Teacher of the Year begins at your school site. Use the nomination form below to nominate a teacher you deem worthy of being honored.
The deadline to submit a Teacher of the Year School Site Nomination is January 24, 2022.
The deadline to submit your District Teacher of the Year application is February 28, 2022
2021 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING 2020 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR INCLUSION IN 2021 RECOGNITION CEREMONY
In an effort to make up for the missed recognition, this year in addition to the 2021 Teachers of the Year, we will be honoring the 2019-2020 Teachers of the Year during the ceremony on May 4, 2021. We look forward to recognizing you in front of your peers and district leaders, as well as presenting you with your certificate and congratulatory gift.
Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines this year’s event will be held online. Although the event will not be celebrated in person there will be virtual engagement opportunities incorporated into the program. Further details regarding the virtual celebration will be emailed to the 2019-2020 Teachers of the Year in the coming weeks.