ARIZONA TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Each year, AEF® spotlights the contributions of ten outstanding public school teachers throughout Arizona. One is named the AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year® and represents the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition. Four finalists are named "Ambassadors for Excellence" and the remaining five are Semi-Finalists.
The top ten are honored each Fall at the annual Teacher of the Year Awards where the winner is announced.
ARIZONA TEACHER OF THE YEAR NEWS
ARIZONA TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS, TICKETS & SPONSORSHIP
Considered the "Oscars" of the teaching profession, the Arizona Teacher of the Year® Awards is a glorious celebration of Arizona educators! Each year, from hundreds of nominations, ten Arizona teachers are identified as finalists and semi-finalists for our state's highest teaching profession honor. The Arizona Educational Foundation's Arizona Teacher of the Year program is a component of CCSSO's National Teacher of the Year Awards. The teacher selected as Arizona Teacher of the Year goes on to represent our state in consideration for the National Teacher of the Year title.
Learn more about the Teacher of the Year Awards ceremony and sponsorship.
Kareem Neal, 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year
AZ TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS
Teachers may self-nominate, be nominated by a student, co-worker, administrator, school or district committee, friend or family member.
*Note: Submitting several nominations for the same teacher does NOT give them an advantage. Teachers nominated must still submit the Teacher of the Year application and meet all eligibility requirements in order to be considered.
The deadline for nominations for this year has passed. Nominations will re-open mid-January, 2023.