Department of Defense Education Activity


The DoDEA Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program brings recognition to great teachers, students, parents, districts, communities, DoDEA and the profession of teaching.

The DoDEA TOY Program (state) is modeled after the National Teacher of the Year Program (NTOY), sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). This program provides an avenue for all state TOYs to be nationally recognized and compete for the NTOY. The NTOY and all state TOYs are presented at the White House. The DoDEA TOY travels to all NTOY activities and takes a semester long sabbatical to design and implement a project of choice.

Any stakeholder may nominate a DoDEA teacher for this award. Nominees are highly encouraged to participate in the application process.

More information about the NTOY Program can be found at


The purpose of the DoDEA Teacher of the Year program is to recognize and promote excellence in teaching, leading, and learning.

2022 DoDEA Teacher of the Year

DoDEA is proud to announce the 2022 DoDEA Teacher of the Year is Ms. Rachel Guilfoyle. Ms. Guilfoyle is a 5th grade teacher and teacher leader at Daegu Elementary School. She currently serves as co-chair of the school’s SQF Team, Fifth Grade Level Chair, and is a member of the Advanced Education/Gifted Committee. She has taught in DoDEA for 12 years in South Korea.