Texas Teacher of the Year

TOY 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.
 
Learn more about eligibility and the selection process. Please note that nominations for the 2017 program are closed; deadlines for the 2018 program will be posted in fall/winter 2016.
 

Sponsors

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
  • SMART
  • TASA on iTunes U
  • Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)
  • Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA)

Association Sponsors

  • Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
  • 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)

Contact

Jennifer Garrido, Texas Teacher of the Year Program Coordinator, 512.852.2105

Finalists for 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year

On the first day of the 2016-17 school year, TASA announced that the following six educators are finalists for 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony October 14, 2016, in Austin, where the 40 Regional Teachers of the Year will also be recognized.
 
Elementary Teacher of the Year Finalists
  • Allison Ashley, Becker Elementary, Austin ISD
  • Julie Garza, Ramirez Elementary, Edinburg CISD
  • LaGay Pittenger, Lakewood Elementary, Belton ISD
Secondary Teacher of the Year Finalists
  • Deborah Campbell, San Angelo Central High School, San Angelo ISD
  • Calvin Lambert, Uvalde High School, Uvalde CISD
  • Sara Macha, Infinity Early College High School, New Caney ISD
Learn more and see a list of the Texas Regional Teachers of the Year.

2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Revathi Balakrishnan

Revathi Balakrishnan Revathi Balakrishnan, a talented and gifted specialist in Round Rock ISD, was named the 2016 Elementary Teacher of the Year in October 2015 and selected as the Texas representative for the National Teacher of the Year competition. She is a former systems analyst who has taught for 10 years. Learn more.

2016 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year Martha Saucedo

Martha Saucedo Martha Saucedo, the 2016 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, has taught family consumer science at Brady High School in Brady ISD for the past seven years of her nine-year career. 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.
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