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Missouri Teacher of the Year Program

Overview

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.

Criteria

A Highly Effective Teacher. . .

A Teacher Leader . . .

A Collaborative Partner.....

Selection Process

A committee appointed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education selects a winner according to criteria established at the national level. The selection committee includes, but not limited to: a school administrator, a representative from Missouri PTA, a school public relations specialist, a representative from the corporate sponsor, a representative from the Chamber of Commerce, representative from each of the three teacher organizations, and the current and past Teacher of the Year. The selection committee meets during the summer to review candidates’ materials and choose the finalists. The committee interviews the finalists to select a winner.

The Teacher of the Year represents Missouri’s 70,689 teachers and automatically becomes a candidate for National Teacher of the Year honors. Only 43 individuals have been named to the select group of Missouri Teachers of the Year since the state began participating in the national awards program in 1957.

Each fall the Missouri State Board of Education honors the Teacher of the Year and state finalists at a banquet in Jefferson City. The Teacher of the Year awards are presented by the president of the State Board of Education and the Commissioner of Education. The Teacher of the Year and finalists also receive cash awards and other prizes.

 

Responsibilities

The Teacher of the Year represents Missouri’s 70,689 teachers and automatically becomes a candidate for National Teacher of the Year honors.  Only 44 individuals have been named to the select group of Missouri Teachers of the Year since the state began participating in the national awards program in 1957.

The Missouri Teacher of the Year serves as a spokesperson and representative for all Missouri’s teachers.  The following list is comprised of some of the duties that go along with the title:

The school district employing the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year will receive reimbursement for substitute costs and the teacher will be reimbursed for travel expenses, mileage, and other meeting/conference related expenses.

 

Benefits

Districts participating in the Teacher of the Year Program have found the program to have a positive impact on the entire community.  Recognizing outstanding teachers: a) establishes a culture that rewards excellence in teaching; b) validates the work of teachers; c) provides teachers with a platform to speak about educational issues; d) gives students a sense of pride in their teachers; e) showcases teachers as positive role models; f) encourages students to think about teaching as a career; g) gives the community a sense of pride in its teachers; and h) helps to get the public involved and invested in the schools.

 

State-level honors for the Teacher of the Year include:

 

National activities include:

 

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For more information, contact Linda Dooling, Teacher of the Year Program Coordinator (573-526-6650).