Are You the 2018 Teacher of the Year?

Are you Nebraska’s next Teacher of the Year?

Application forms for the 2018 Teacher of the Year are now available through your superintendent or principal, or by calling the coordinator at the number listed below.

Applications must be submitted or postmarked by midnight (CST), Aug. 11, 2017. A selection panel will review applications, and up to five teachers will be advanced. Finalists will be interviewed in September, and the Teacher of the Year will be selected from those finalists. An awards luncheon will be held in November.

Begun in 1972, the Nebraska Teacher of the Year program recognizes outstanding Nebraska certified teachers who teach in a pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 classroom setting, and who plan to continue in an active teacher status in a state-approved or accredited school. Three letters of support and a YouTube classroom video presentation must accompany the application. Questions on the application seek information on educational background and personal development, community involvement, philosophy of teaching and learning, and the teaching profession from the viewpoint of the applicant.

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) will present a monetary award to the Nebraska Teacher of the Year. Each of the remaining finalists will receive a monetary award from sponsoring corporate friends and education associations. The Nebraska State Board of Education will provide a $1,000 grant to the Awards of Excellence winners and the Teacher of the Year to be used for a project of the teacher’s choice in his/her school. Finalists receive other gifts as well.

For details, contact Teacher of the Year Coordinator Lora Sypal at 402-471-5059 or: lora.sypal@nebraska.gov