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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 Nation's Teacher of the Year Program (NTOY), sponsored by the Chief States Schools Officers (CSSO). 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.

DODEA Announcement

DoDEA Teacher of the Year

2018 TOY

DoDEA proudly announces the selection of Ms. Kara Ball as the 2018 Teacher of the Year.


Deadline For 2019

  • The 2019 nomination process occurs: October 11 - November 10, 2017 - Nomination form
  • Applications for District Teacher of the Year are due at DSO: January 12, 2018 District Teacher of the Year Application form
  • Application package from the District Teacher of the Year for the DoDEA Teacher of the Year, including photo and uploaded video due to District POC for review and revisions: March 30, 2018 2018 DoDEA Teacher of the Year Application. District winners are encouraged to submit drafts to District POC by March 18, 2018 for assistance with revisions prior to March 31, 2017 deadline.
  • Application package for DoDEA Teacher of the Year submitted by District POC to Headquarters via Schoology by March 30, 2018.

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