DoDEA Teacher of The Year Program

The DoDEA Teacher of the Year Program is designed to recognize and honor our outstanding teachers who exemplify the quality professionalism of our teaching work force. The DoDEA Teacher of the Year Program is modeled after the National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and provides an avenue for the DoDEA Teacher of the Year to be nationally recognized. Any stakeholder may nominate a DoDEA teacher for this award and is highly encouraged to participate in the nomination process.

Timeline Overview

Date Details
January 8 to February 9, 2024 Nominations are accepted More information on Nominations. Submit all online nominations by February 9, 2024
February 19 to March 1, 2024 Nominees are notified and asked to complete District Teacher of the Year application form
March 1, 2024 The DTOY application form is due to the District POC
By April 5, 2024 The District Teacher of the Year is announced
April 8-19, 2024

The District Teacher of the Year completes the following:

  1. The DoDEA Teacher of the Year application form
  2. Schedule recording of video
  3. Gathers letters of support 
May 3, 2024 Completed application packet is submitted and uploaded to TEAMS by the district POC
September 2024 The DoDEA Teacher of the Year is announced

Eligibility Requirements for District/DoDEA Teacher of the Year: (* from National Teacher of the Year Program)

  • *Must have the respect and admiration of colleagues and:
    • Be an expert in his/her field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence
    • Collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success
    • Deliberately connect the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large
    • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning
    • Express him/herself in an engaging and articulate way
  • Must have completed three full years as a DoDEA teacher
  • Must be willing to represent the organization in a way that brings honor to the profession
  • Must be willing to represent DoDEA's Mission: to educate, empower, and engage all students

Expectations for those selected as District Teachers of the Year:

  • Participation in face-to-face or online professional learning sessions related to teacher leadership
  • Creation of an action plan that will be used to develop leadership practices in your school or district. This action plan will be used to document your activities throughout your year of recognition

Expectations for the DoDEA Teacher of the Year:

  • Participation in face-to-face or online professional learning sessions related to teacher leadership
  • Creation of an action plan that will be used to develop leadership practices in your school or district. This action plan will be used to document your activities throughout your year of recognition
  • Development of a semester-long sabbatical project, in collaboration with DoDEA HQ Leadership and Teacher of the Year POC

Selection Panel

A panel of DoDEA stakeholders will evaluate the applications during the selection process at the District and Headquarters (HQ) level. At the HQ level, an Interview Panel will interview the top three to five candidates recommended by the HQ level Selection Panel.

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