Nominations are now open, and the application is now available, for the 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year Awards program. 

Since 1969, the TOY program has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues and the communities they serve. Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher.

The Texas Association of School Administrators has coordinated the state program in recent years with support from corporate and nonprofit partners, including TCTA, and assistance from the regional ESCs.


According to TASA, educators must be nominated by the accredited public school in which they were employed full time during the school year in which they were nominated.
While the program traditionally recognizes classroom teachers, school librarians and counselors who teach students at least four hours per day may be nominated for regional, state, and national honors. Administrators are not eligible. 

Additional criteria, provided by the Council of Chief State School Officers, say that candidates should:

  • Lead students of all backgrounds to demonstrate learning
  • Collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a culture of respect and success
  • Deliberately connect their classroom to the community and the community to the classroom
  • Engage in leadership opportunities that contribute to the work of the profession
  • Express themselves in a poised and articulate way

Click here for more on eligibility. Applications are due by June 8, 2016.