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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.


2018 DoDEA Teacher of the Year

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 2020

  • The 2020 nomination process occurs: October 10 - November 16, 2018 - Nomination form
  • Applications for District Teacher of the Year are due at DSO: January 11, 2019 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 29, 2019 2020 DoDEA Teacher of the Year Application. District winners are encouraged to submit drafts to District POC by March 15, 2019 for assistance with revisions prior to March 29, 2019 deadline.
  • Application package for DoDEA Teacher of the Year submitted by District POC to Headquarters via Schoology by March 29, 2019.

Photo Galleries & Videos

Kara Ball in Studio 2018 Kara Ball Teacher of the Year - Grey Suite at desk 2018 Kara Ball TOY in Grey suit Kara Ball Standing in front of a board

2018 DoDEA Teacher Leadership Summit

DoDEA's 2019 District Teachers of the Year were honored at DoDEA Headquarters during the annual Teacher Leadership Summit. The goal for these teachers is to build upon their leadership capacity, and to take those lessons back to their classrooms and schools.