Texas Teacher of the Year
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.
Regional Teachers of the Year
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.
Texas Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year
Following an interview process, the Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year are chosen from among the six finalists. One is selected to represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year program.
National Teacher of the Year
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.In 2015, Texas Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples of Amarillo ISD was the second Texas teacher to be named the National Teacher of the Year.
Selection ProcessLearn more about eligibility and the selection process.
The Texas Teacher of the Year program operates with financial support and in-kind contributions from the following:
- Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA)
- Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)
- Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA)
- Texas PTA
- Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
- Texas AFT
- Texas Association for Supervision and 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 Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA)
- Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA)
2018 Texas Teacher of the Year Tara Bordeaux
Tara Bordeaux was named the 2018 Secondary Teacher of the Year in September 2017 and selected as the Texas nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. Bordeaux has taught media arts at Lanier High School in Austin ISD since 2013. Prior to that, she spent 10 years working in television and film production in Los Angeles. Read more.
2018 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year Marissa Torres
Marissa Torres, the 2018 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, teaches third grade in White Settlement ISD, where she has taught since 2012 when she moved to Texas from New York. She began teaching in 2006. Read more.