You Could Be Nebraska’s 2022 Teacher of the Year

In 2022, one teacher will represent the good work of all Nebraska teachers as the Nebraska Teacher of the Year. Application forms for the 2022 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 or self-nominate.

Applications must be postmarked by midnight (CDT) Aug. 11, 2021.  A panel will review applications, and up to five finalists will be selected for interviews in August. The 2022 recipient will be recognized at an awards luncheon in November 2021.

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

A two-minute public speaking video is required. The application seeks information on educational background and personal development, community involvement, philosophy of teaching and learning, and commentary on the teaching profession.

The 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, speaking at various functions such as the Administrator Days conference, Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association conference and the NSEA Delegate Assembly, and participating in workshops and school programs across Nebraska, the weeklong National Teacher of the Year Washington Recognition Week in Washington, D.C., the weeklong International Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and the weeklong National Teacher of the Year Program Next Steps Conference in Princeton, New Jersey.

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

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


WATCH: This webinar was held April 27, 2021 for members interested in nominating or applying for Nebraska Teacher of the Year. A panel of Nebraska Teachers of the Year led the discussion on what the award is, its importance and some general considerations for applying/nominating.