• To honor an outstanding paraprofessional in Texas.
  • To celebrate the high regard in which teachers hold paraprofessionals and the important work they do with students.


  • Nominee must be a current TCTA member, with at least one full year of TCTA membership.
  • Nominee must have worked as a paraprofessional during the 2019-20 school year.


The TCTA Communications/Public Relations Committee will consider the following criteria in selecting the award winner:

  • Length of time as a paraprofessional and a TCTA member.
  • Examples of distinguished service to students at the campus.
  • Demonstrated support for teachers at the campus.
  • Level of involvement as a TCTA member.

Nomination Procedures

  • Each CTA may submit one nominee in this category. Nominee must be selected through a CTA election or other democratic process (e.g., ballots made available to all members, a vote at a publicized meeting, etc.). Nominations also may be submitted by a TCTA member-at-large in areas where there is not a TCTA local affiliate.
  • Nomination materials addressing “Criteria” requirements cannot be written by the nominee.
  • Nominations may be submitted to TCTA headquarters online using the online nomination form. Submitted materials will not be returned.
  • Nomination must be RECEIVED by April 5, 2021. Please note: This is not a "postmarked" deadline.
  • Nomination form must be submitted by the CTA president or a member-at-large (in districts in which there is no TCTA local affiliate).

Selection Process

Nominations are evaluated and the winner selected by members of the TCTA Communications/Public Relations Committee. Nominee names, school districts and CTA affiliations (if any) will be redacted to ensure a fair and impartial judging process.

Award Presentation

The TCTA Paraprofessional of the Year receives a paid annual membership for the 2021-22 school year and an engraved award. The winner will be recognized in TCTA statewide publications and on the TCTA website, and the award will be presented in a local ceremony.

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