Texas Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year logo Since 1969, the Texas Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues, and the communities they serve.

Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher. Facilitated by TASA, the Texas Teacher of the Year Program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.

Every fall, 40 Regional Teachers of the Year are selected — one elementary and one secondary teacher from each of the 20 Education Service Center regions in Texas. Six finalists are then chosen from among the 40 semifinalists. Following an interview process, the Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year are chosen. One is selected to represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year program.

The national program is the oldest and most prestigious awards program designed to focus public attention on excellence in teaching. A selection committee representing the major national education associations selects the National Teacher of the Year from the nominees submitted by the 50 states.

Every spring, the National Teacher of the Year is announced by the president during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House and is honored at special events in the nation’s capital. The National Teacher of the Year takes a year’s sabbatical from classroom instruction and serves as a roving ambassador for the teaching profession.


The Texas Teacher of the Year program operates with financial support and in-kind contributions from the following: 

Platinum Sponsors 

  • TASA
  • Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA)
  • H-E-B

Gold Sponsors

  • Apple
  • Common Sense Education
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • NWEA
  • Scholastic
  • TASA on iTunes U
  • Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)
  • Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA)

Association Sponsors

  • Texas AFT
  • Texas Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (Texas ASCD)
  • Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO)
  • Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA)
  • Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP)
  • Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA)
  • Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers (Texas PTA)
  • Texas Council of Women School Executives (TCWSE)
  • Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA)
  • Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA)


Jennifer Garrido, Texas Teacher of the Year Program Coordinator, 512.477.6361

2016 Texas Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year

On October 16, 2015, TASA named Revathi Balakrishnan, a talented and gifted specialist in Round Rock ISD, as the 2016 Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Martha Saucedo, a family and consumer science teacher in Brady ISD, as the 2016 Secondary Teacher of the Year. Balakrishnan was chosen to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year competition. Learn more.

2015 Texas Teacher of the Year Named National Teacher of the Year

Shanna Peeples Shanna Peeples, 2015 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, has been named 2015 National Teacher of the Year. Follow coverage of Peeples throughout the year by searching Twitter for #NTOY15. Learn more.