How is the Teacher of the Year selected?Washington's educational service districts each select a Regional Teacher of the Year. The state selection committee chooses one of these Regional Teachers of the Year as the Washington State Teacher of the Year. The committee uses the written application, interviews, and a mock keynote to decide which candidate best exemplifies the Teacher of the Year criteria:
- The teacher has the respect and admiration of their colleagues.
- The teacher is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence.
- The teacher collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
- The teacher deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large.
- The teacher demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning.
- The teacher expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.
What does the State Teacher of the Year do?
- Represent the state at all required National Teacher of the Year events including several national leadership conferences and the national recognition week in Washington, D.C.
- Serve as the Teacher-in-Residence for Washington's Teacher of the Year program January – June.
- Respond to and fulfill Teacher of the Year speaking requests, presentations, etc.
- Sit on the Washington Teacher Advisory Council (WATAC) leadership team and help plan the spring convening.
- Identify and take on at least one statewide initiative and carry out activities to support it.
- Design and carry out a personal communication plan to include a social media and web presence, traditional media strategy, and other publications.
- Network with teacher preparation programs across the state.
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