Missouri Teacher of the Year Program
2013-14 Missouri Teacher of the Year
Social studies teacher
Rockwood Summit High School, Fenton
The Missouri Teacher of the Year Program is conducted annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year Program.
The major purpose of the Teacher of the Year program is to recognize the contributions of the classroom teacher. Teacher quality and effectiveness is the most important school-based factor impacting student learning. No one person has a greater impact on the education of a child than does the teacher who creates the learning environment where children flourish and grow. The mission of the Missouri Teacher of the Year Program is to honor, promote and celebrate excellence in the teaching profession.
Each district in Missouri is eligible to submit an application for a teacher on staff for consideration for Missouri’s Teacher of the Year program. All certificated, full-time public school classroom teachers, grades Pre-K through 12, vocational/technical educators, guidance counselor, library media specialist, instructional coach, or similar position who actively engage in classroom teaching are eligible as nominees. School personnel whose major responsibilities are administrative or supervisory are ineligible.
The statewide competition is part of the National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target and is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in partnership with the University of Phoenix Foundation and People to People Ambassador Programs.