You May Be Nebraska’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

Step to the fore as a recognized leader in the teaching profession. The mantle of responsibility that rests on the shoulders of a Teacher of the Year could be yours.

Application forms for the 2021 Nebraska Teacher of the Year are now available through your administration or at the website listed below.  Teachers may nominate a colleague for the honor, but candidates may also self-nominate.

Applications must be submitted or postmarked by midnight (CST), July 15, 2020.  A panel will review applications, and up to five finalists will be selected. Finalists will be interviewed in August, and the 2021 recipient will be selected from those finalists.  An awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, in the NSEA boardroom.

Since 1972, the Nebraska Teacher of the Year program has recognized outstanding certified teachers in a pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 classroom setting, who plan to continue in active teacher status in a state-approved or accredited school.

The classroom video requirement has been suspended for the 2021 application process, although a two-minute public speaking video is required. Questions on the application seek information on educational background and personal development; community involvement; philosophy of teaching and learning; and commentary on the teaching profession.

The NSEA, Nebraska Council of School Administrators, Nebraska Association of School Boards, and corporate partners Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) present cash awards to the Teacher of the Year.  All finalists receive a cash award from sponsoring corporate friends and education associations. The State Board of Education provides a $1,000 grant to the finalists and the Teacher of the Year to be used for a project of the teacher’s choice in his/her school.

Go to the Department of Education website for details:

For more, reach program Coordinator Lora Sypal at 402-471-5059 or: