Texas Teacher of the Year

Since 1969, the Texas State 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 the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the Texas Teacher of the Year Program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.

2015 Texas Teachers of the Year

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Shanna Peeples
Shanna Peeples, High School English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo ISD, is the 2015 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Peeples will also represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Whitney Crews
Whitney Crews, six-grade science and social studies teacher at E.J. Moss Intermediate in Lindale ISD, is the 2015 Elementary Teacher of the Year.

"Congratulations to Shanna and Whitney for being not only outstanding educators, but for taking time to truly connect with their students, showing them that the possibilities for their future are limitless," said Johnny Veselka, Executive Director of TASA. "The teachers we are honoring today are deeply committed to supporting, guiding, instructing, and encouraging each and every student, and do so with little fanfare. But today, please help me celebrate these Teachers of the Year, along with all the devoted teachers across the state who have made a difference in a student’s life."

Shanna Peeples
Texas Teacher of the Year

Whitney Crews
Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year


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

Platinum Sponsors

Professional Association Sponsors

*TX American Federation of Teachers
*TX Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
*TX Association of School Boards
*TX Association of School Business Officials
*TX Association of School Personnel Administrators
*TX Association of Secondary School Principals
*TX Classroom Teachers Association
*TX Congress of Parents and Teachers
*TX Council of Women School Executives
*TX Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association
*TX School Public Relations Association
*TX State Teachers Association