Interested teachers must complete the online application, consisting of biographical questions, teaching philosophy prompts, and three required letters of recommendation.
This 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 Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix 85044. Registration opens at 11:00 a.m. and the formal lunch portion of the event starts at 11:30 a.m.
To learn more about the program and award eligibility, please click here to access the online application.