Are you Nebraska’s next Teacher of the Year?

If you are open to challenges—and the rewards that come with those challenges—consider applying to become Nebraska’s next Teacher of the Year.

The 2024 recipient will become a spokesperson for education and the teaching profession, will travel the state and country, and be continually recognized for excellence. Since 1972, the Nebraska Teacher of the Year program has recognized outstanding Nebraska certified teachers who work 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.

Application forms for the 2024 Nebraska Teacher of the Year are available through your school administration or at the website listed below. Teachers may nominate a colleague for the honor or self-nominate.

The application seeks information on educational background and personal development, community involvement, philosophy of teaching and learning, and commentary on the teaching profession. A panel will review applications, and up to five finalists will be selected for interviews. Once selected, the 2024 Teacher of the Year will maintain a regular teaching schedule while also participating in a year of professional learning through the National Teacher of the Year Program.

The NSEA, Nebraska Council of School Administrators, Nebraska Association of School Boards, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Data Recognition Corporation, and the State Board of Education present cash awards or grants to the Teacher of the Year and other finalists. For additional details, go to

Those interested may reach program coordinator Lora Sypal at (402) 471-5059 or