2023-2024 AACPS Teacher of the Year

Application Process

  • The Teacher of the Year Award is selected through a three-round application process:

    Round One

    1. Principals complete the online Principal Recommendation to nominate an educator from their school.

    2. Teacher of the Year Nominees submit a Nominee Application to share their Philosophy of Teaching and Professional Resume.

    3. A selection committee of educators and community leaders read and evaluate each nomination packet to select the semi-finalists. 

    Round Two

    1. Semi-finalists receive and complete a more detailed Round Two nomination packet. 

    2. Members of the Selection Committee work with semi-finalists to schedule classroom visits. 

    3. The selection committee reads and discusses each nomination packet to select approximately five Teacher of the Year finalists.

    Round Three

    1. Each finalist completes a panel interview with the selection committee. 

    2. The Teacher of the Year is announced at the Excellence In Education Awards Ceremony in April.  

Application Timeline

    1. September: Teacher nominations due from principals 
    2. October: Round one applications due from nominees
    3. December: Semi-finalists announced
    4. January: Round two applications due
    5. February: Finalists announced
    6. March: Finalist interview
    7. April: Teacher of the Year award ceremony

Contact Us


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    For questions about the Teacher of the Year selection process or awards ceremony:

    Jenn Lombardi
    Senior Manager, Office of School and Family Partnerships


    Meghan Willmore
    Marketing and Outreach Specialist, Communications Office