Office of Higher Education

2009 Teacher of the Year Award


District Superintendents of Schools; Superintendents of Schoolsl; The Honorable the Members of the Board of Regents; Deans and Directors of Teacher Education Programs; New York State United Teachers; Members of the Board of Regents; NYC Regional Superintendents; Lottery Educators of the Week; NYS Lottery Education Program; Association for School Curriculum & Development; NYS School Boards Association; School Administrators Association of New York State; NYC Teachers Association; NYS Parent/Teacher Association; School Principals; United Federation of Teachers

From: Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Deputy Commissioner of P16: Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education and Office of Higher Education

January 14, 2008


2009 Teacher of the Year Award

I am pleased to announce that applications for the 2009 New York State Teacher of the Year Award are now available at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/ted/toty/

The purpose of the Teacher of the Year program is to recognize and celebrate outstanding teachers throughout New York State. It is run in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year program. To be eligible, a teacher must be appropriately credentialed within his or her current teaching area, working directly with students (pre-kindergarten through grade twelve) in a State-approved public, private or charter school and have a minimum of five years teaching experience.

A teacher may be initially recommended for nomination by any person within the school or community including parents, students, business leaders, school administrators or colleagues. The formal nomination should involve a collaborative decision-making process indicating the support of all the groups concerned with the quality of teaching within a school. A complete portfolio including letters of support is submitted for each nominee. Support from the school community may include several days of release time to fulfill the obligations of the Teacher of the Year.

We look forward to receiving many applications from our statewide teachers for this important teacher recognition initiative. Please contact Amy Cox, Teacher of the Year Coordinator, at (518) 486-5347 or via e-mail at: acox@mail.nysed.gov with any questions. As always, we appreciate your cooperation.

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