Washington's Teacher of the Year program is operated by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Each year, regional finalists are selected by each of the 9 educational service districts in Washington, along with tribal schools. The state selection committee chooses one of these regional finalists to be the State Teacher of the Year. The committee reviews a written application and interviews each finalist when making its decision. State Teachers of the Year go on to compete as the National Teacher of the Year.
Do you know a phenomenal teacher who deserves to be recognized? Nominate a teacher online here. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, March 1st.
After receiving your nomination, OSPI sends your nominee, their principal, and their regional coordinator a copy of the nomination and a link to the online application. It is then up to the individual teacher to complete the application in order to move forward in the statewide Teacher of the Year process.
To learn more about the Teacher of the Year awards process, visit OPSI's website here. You can also see Previous Teachers of the Year here.