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Arizona Teacher of the Year application deadline approaching


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  • Maggie Zehring/ Arizona Educational Foundation

Arizona Educational Foundation's 2018 Arizona Teacher Of The Year Josh Meibos At The Awards Luncheon In November. Photo Courtesy Arizona Educational Foundation
Applications for the Arizona Educational Foundation‘s 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year award are due online Friday, August 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Interested teachers must complete the online application, consisting of biographical questions, teaching philosophy prompts, and three required letters of recommendation.

Arizona Teacher of the Year application deadline approaching Arizona-Educational-Foundation-LogoThis application is reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of educators and members of the business community.

Ten finalists are selected from the written applications. The 10 finalists are asked to prepare a 15-minute DVD teaching in the classroom. The final selection process includes review of the DVD, an interview and an impromptu speech by each of the 10 finalists.

Following that process, the Teacher of the Year is selected, four “Ambassadors for Excellence” are selected and five remain Semi-finalists. All 10 are honored at the Foundation’s annual awards luncheon.

The Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors have multiple opportunities during the year to make public appearances throughout the state, speaking to professional, civic, educational, parent and student groups.

Candidates must teach at a state-certified public school and meet the other criteria outlined in the application. Former Teachers of the Year, Ambassadors and Semifinalists are ineligible to reapply for the award.

This year’s annual Arizona Teacher of the Year award luncheon will be hosted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Arizona Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix 85016.

Registration opens at 11:00 a.m. and the formal lunch portion of the event starts at 11:30 a.m. Click here for details regarding luncheon sponsorship and individual tickets.

To learn more about the program and award eligibility, please click here to access the online application.